Purveyors of USA black metal for over a decade now, Abigail Williams have never been one to stagnate musically. All 4 of their full-length albums to date have been different enough to stand out, and while it’s been 4 years since AW dropped a proper full-length, the wait for new music from the metal band is over – in the form of “I Will Depart”.
“It’s been four years since the last album,” says Abigail Williams leader Ken Sorceron. “That seems like quite a long time. Life, death, countless other musical endeavors, and all sorts of distractions kept getting in the way, delaying its completion again and again. Over that time, I wrote over 20 songs that I was actually pretty happy with. When it finally came time to record, I narrowed it down to the seven that appear here, as they seemed to fit the best together and make the statement I wanted to make here and now.”
The studio lineup for Walk Beyond the Dark also features Bryan O’Sullivan on bass and Mike Heller drums, along with featured artists by Chris “Kakophonix” Brown (cello), Andrew Markuszewski (guitar), Justin McKinney (guitar) on select tracks. The album was mixed by Lasse Lammert (Warrel Dane, Alestorm, Gloryahmmer).
Says Sorceron, “Mike Heller and Bryan O’Sullivan killed it. I couldn’t have asked for better people to play on this album, and they really took things and brought them to life. Chris Brown added the extra flourishes on top, with the string parts that really accented the haunting nature of it all and contrasted with the extreme stuff perfectly. Then all of that got put into Lasse Lammert’s hands and he mixed and mastered it all into perfection. It’s been a long road, but it turned out better than I imagined and I’m stoked to finally get these songs out there.”
Walk Beyond the Dark tracklisting:
1. I Will Depart
2. Sun and Moon
3. Ever So Bold
4. Black Waves
5. Into the Sleep
6. Born of Nothing
7. The Final Failure