In Memoriam: Abigail Williams

Abigail Williams, the ever-changing black metal act from Los Angeles, California, has decided to call it quits. Since their inception in 2004, Abigail Williams has experimented with a plethora of sounds. What started as a metalcore project eventually evolved into a symphonic black metal act, which then changed into a more straightforward approach to black metal. With their third and final album, Becoming, Abigail Williams started experimenting with Cascadian black metal. While many metal fans seem to dislike Abigail Williams for drastically switching styles so frequently, I appreciate all of their albums for what they are. It’s a shame that the band decided to end their eight-year run only months after the release of Becoming, the band’s finest effort, in my opinion. According to the statement released via the band’s Facebook page (which can be seen below), the members of Abigail Williams are planning on releasing new music in the future. The statement posted on the Abigail Williams Facebook page on July 2nd:

After much consideration we have decided to make these upcoming Abigail Williams shows our last US tour. This was a very hard decision to make but feels absolutely necessary at this point. I’ve had the best times of my life with this band and learned so much about what I want to do with music as well as what I don’t like about the industry etc and we honestly feel like its best to put the band to rest after making what we feel to be our very best album. Im honestly just feeling satisfied with everything we have done as Abigail Williams and I feel ready to put it to rest. We want everyone to know this has nothing to do with differences inside the band as we are still very much a family and these are still the same people I want to make music with now and in the future.

We think that 2012 is the perfect year for new beginnings and we definitely plan to put music out later this year in the form of a new band(s). It would be easy to give people the names to our new projects here but rather than capitalize off this announcement we would rather word get out naturally starting with our friends when the time is right. We want to thank our friends and fans who have supported us through the good and bad times over the years, we know its been a very bumpy road at times. We are still very dedicated to making music and this change will actually allow us to do more of what we want to do and be more productive. We hope to see everyone on the road for this tour that we booked DIY for the most part by ourselves. The dates are below even though some of them are still waiting to be confirmed. Also we want to emphasize that this is our last US tour and that we are open to touring overseas if the right tour comes up.

On a closing note, Abigail Williams will be embarking on their final tour across the United States at the end of July. If you can catch one of their final shows, I strongly recommend you do so. I had the privilege of seeing them live earlier this year and they were fantastic. The dates can be seen below. 7/26 Santa Barbara, CA @ Muddy Waters 7/27 Mexicali, CA @ TBA 7/28 Los Angeles, CA @ The Black Castle 7/29 Temecula, CA @ The Vault 7/30 Tempe, AZ @ The Rogue Bar 7/31 Las Vegas, NV TBA 8/3 Salt Lake City, UT TBA 8/4 Prince, UT @ house show! 8/5 Denver, CO @ Old Curtis St Bar 8/7 Midland, TX @ Pine Box 8/8 Fort Worth, TX @ Tomcats West 8/9 Austin, TX TBA 8/10 San Antonio, TX @ Zombies 8/11 Houston, TX @ Numbers 8/12 Baton Rough, LA@ Here Today Gone Tomorrow 8/13 New Orleans, LA @ Siberia 8/14 Tampa, FL TBA 8/15 Miami, FL TBA 8/16 Satellite Beach, FL @ Wynfields 8/17 Orlando, FL @ Bombshells 8/18 Columbus, GA @ The Plughouse 8/19 TBA 8/20 Johnson City,TN @ Hideaway 8/21 Roanoke, VA @ Coffin House 8/22 Baltimore, MD @ Talking Head 8/23 Frederick, MD @ Cafe 611 8/24 Pittsburgh, PA @ Smiling Moose 8/25 Columbus, OH @ The Shrunken Head 8/26 Lansing, MI @ Blackened Moon 8/27 Chicago, IL @ Ultra Lounge 8/28 Louisville, KY TBA 8/29 Nashville, TN TBA 8/30 Birmingham, AL @ The Nick 9/1 Kansas City, MO @ The Riot Room 9/2 Quincy, IL @ The State Room 9/3 St. Louis, MO @ Fubar 9/4 Des Moines, IA The House of Bricks 9/5 Milwaukee, WI @ Port of Hamburg 9/6 St Paul, MN TBA 9/7 Fargo, ND TBA 9/9 Billings, MT TBA 9/10 Camping Yellowstone 9/11 Camping Yellowstone 9/12 Boise, ID TBA 9/13 Spokane, WA TBA 9/14 Seattle, WA TBA

9/15 Portland, OR TBA

By Mike O’Hara ~ Me Gusta Reviews