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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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– GR

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