The story of The Human Abstract is a sad one indeed. After undergoing many line-up changes, the band was pulled together by mastermind A.J. Minette and they released the widely praised Digital Veil, before unfortunately dissolving in a mess of muddled information and hear-say.
Regardless, Minette has announced his return with a brand new project, titled Nobel and, if you couldn’t guess from the picture above, it’s a world away from the winding and crushing sounds of The Human Abstract.
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Right back at the beginning of this year, it seemed a sure fire thing that The Human Abstract, who put out on of our favourite releases of last year with Digital Veil, were finished, thanks to a flippant comment from bassist Henry Selva, which pointed the band not looking for a new vocalist to replace Travis Richter.
Horses were well and truly held last month though, when guitarist Dean Herrera said that what they were actually doing was taking their time, and Henry was apparently put in the naughty corner.
This has only been strengthened by the release of a live performance video for the track ‘Complex Terms‘, which is something you probably wouldn’t bother with if you were broken up, right?
The footage was recorded in Stuttgart, Germany on the band’s Never Say the N-Word Tour last year. I love the idea behind this song, which A.J. Minette explained around the time the album dropped:
“The word ‘progress’ is such a dismissive word in the worlds of art and music. It suggests that the art and music which came before is somehow less sophisticated.”
Words are interesting, but meaning is often bastardised over time.
Unrelated previously unreleased studio footage.
Talk about starting off the year on a very sad note. California progressive metalcore act The Human Abstract are on an indefinite hiatus. This is coming off a roller-coaster of 2011 for them, which saw their release of their third album Digital Veil—which I ranked as my number one album of the year and ended up on several of our lists—and their latest vocalist Travis Richter leaving the band. Bassist Henry Selva gave the news on his facebook when asked why he was selling equipment.
According to Under the Gun Review:
“Folks, we are not looking for a new vocalist. We are not touring anytime soon. I think it’s only fair you guys know that we’re on “break or hiatus if you will.” I don’t know why we haven’t said anything. I guess it’s because there is always that “maybe if something happens, etc..etc…” Or maybe it’s hard for us to realize the reality of our situation, the bands situation, to finally let go. I’ll be honest when I say the following: Periphery and Never Say Die were our last tours together as a band.
It was amazing experience while it lasted. Dean is going back to USC to further his education. AJ, as you know will always continue writing and teaching. Brett, I am sure has something up his sleeve.
Thank you to everyone who came out to show their love for the band and the music. I’m proud to say that I got to perform and record along side such amazing musicians.”
This is a total bummer. The Human Abstract were definitely one of my favorite bands, and I consider them to be right up there with the best bands to come out of the new millennium. Well, at least they chose to go out on a ridiculously high note with Digital Veil. Below, some choice songs from their discography. The Human Abstract; you will be missed.
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The Human Abstract have recently updated their website which now features a youtube clip showcasing some of the material from their upcoming third LP which is apparently going to be titled Digital Veil. Watch the clip below:
I was hoping to be able to hear some of the new vocals from ex-First To Last guitarist Travis Richter, but sadly vocals are absent in this video. The music however is sounding awesome (even though once the full band comes in it almost feels like they are ripping off the beginning of BTBAM‘s Swim To The Moon) and it gets me excited to hear more in the future. With guitarist/writer A.J. Minette back in the band, this album looks like it will have more in common with Nocturne than with Midheaven, which is a good thing in my book. Thankfully, 2011 isn’t very far away.