Tuesday 12 March 2024

US heavy rock goldsmiths ABRAMS to release new album "Blue City" on Blues Funeral Recordings this May 24th; watch new video "Fire Waltz" now!

Denver, Colorado's heavy rock stalwarts ABRAMS have signed to Blues Funeral Recordings for the world release of their new album "Blue City" this May 24th, and unleash their fiery new single "Fire Waltz" on all streaming platforms today!

Striking like a thunderstorm on the Colorado plains, their new single "Fire Waltz" charges ahead at full volume with its ardent riffing and powerhouse vocal melodies. Propelled by an enveloping groove, ABRAMS fire up on all cylinders, poised to conquer the hearts of heavy music fans across the scene!

Get hooked on the rifftastic power of new video "Fire Waltz" below and listen to the official single at this location

About "Fire Waltz", guitarist and vocalist Zachary Amster says: "I didn't think this song would make the record, yet it turned out really great in the studio, with some of my favorite guitar tones on the album. The second verse is a standout to me, with its ethereal trippy guitar lead and memorable vocal melody singing 'haunted idols'. When we added this to the song, it definitely made it a game-changer. Additionally, the rock-out jam in the odd time signature of 5 is a fun part to play!"

Fusing melody and dissonance, ABRAMS blast forth a cathartic mix of catchy, driving rhythms, soaring vocals and ethereal ambiance into the heavy music landscape. Wielding elements of heavy rock, shoegaze, grunge and post-metal with ease and fluency, they create a crystalline heaviness that's bittersweet and nostalgic yet also gazes forward. The Denver band's arresting sound finds them sharing terrain with the likes of Torche and Cave In, while their penchant for crunchy, irresistibly hooky riffs recalls alt-rock icons Quicksand. Even so, their swirling meld of influences isn't the totality of ABRAMS.

Recorded and produced by Kurt Ballou (Converge, High On Fire, Torche, Chelsea Wolfe) at his legendary GodCity Studio, their new album "Blue City" is where genre-defying heaviness and perfect melodic songcraft converge, a sojourn through lush, cinematic passages and contemplative psychedelia. About the album theme, Amster comments: "The songs on 'Blue City' deal with the feeling of being trapped in a place of comfort and normality. Where we may really want to pack up and try anything new; but the scare of change is holding us back for what is known as routine. The blue city is a metaphor, for this is a cold but familiar place that keeps us imprisoned from any drastically new experience. A comfort in the familiar, a fear of the unknown."

"Blue City" will be released on deluxe vinyl, limited CD digipack and digital on May 24th, with preorders available from Bandcamp, Blues Funeral website (world) and Blues Funeral SPKR shop (Europe).

ABRAMS - New album "Blue City" - Out May 24th on Blues Funeral Recordings


1. Tomorrow
2. Fire Waltz
3. Etherol
4. Lungfish
5. Wasting Time
6. Death Om
7. Turn It Off
8. Narc
9. Crack Aunt
10. Blue City

ABRAMS started in 2013 in Denver, Colorado, with guitarist/vocalist Zach Amster and bassist/vocalist Taylor Iversen at the helm. Later joined by drummer Ryan DeWitt, the thunderous trio has always made a point of honor at crafting compelling melodies driven by blistering energy. From the full-blown progressive sludge and post-hardcore aggression of their debut album "Lust. Love. Loss." (2015) and follow-up "Morning" (2017), the band has honed their craft and revealed their magnetism with 2020's "Modern Ways", yet it is the moody and mountain-heavy rock venture of their fourth full-length "In The Dark" that saw ABRAMS taking their music journey to the next level.

Produced by Dave Otero (Khemmis, Cattle Decapitation), "In The Dark" showcases an expansive collection of AmpRep-worthy post-grunge tunes that trigger a wide range of emotions through luscious guitar hooks, brooding leads and outstanding vocals. The album landed in numerous end-of-year lists and was unanimously acclaimed by international critics who described it as an "in-your-face sludge/post-metal package that just goes the moment you hit play" (Metalsucks) and the "most explosive, bombastic, and convincing version of Abrams" (Heavy Blog Is Heavy).

Having shared the stage with Unsane, KEN mode, King Buffalo, Khemmis, Jaye Jayle or Emma Ruth Rundle, ABRAMS has always strived to deliver memorable live shows. A spearhead of the Denver rock scene, the foursome has recently joined the ranks of tastemaker label Blues Funeral Recordings for a spring 2024 release of their fifth album "Blue City", which they recorded with Converge's riffmaster and producer Kurt Ballou at GodCity Studio.

ABRAMS lineup:

Zachary Amster – guitar, vocals
Taylor Iversen – bass, vocals
Ryan DeWitt - drums
Graham Zander - guitar

ABRAMS links

Website ⎜ Facebook ⎜ Bandcamp ⎜ Instagram ⎜ Spotify


Thanks to Purple Sage PR for all of the details.