Hailing from Los Angeles CA, ABYSMAL DAWN plays an aggressive mix of modern death metal. The band seamlessly blends the hooks and technicality of early 90’s American death metal, with atmosphere, melody and the brutality of their contemporaries. ABYSMAL DAWN was formed by Charles Elliott (guitars/vocals), Jamie Boulanger (guitars), and Terry Barajas (drums) who circulated a three song demo in winter 2004. The demo garnered some attention for the band within the underground metal press circuit as well as helped them score gigs alongside Exodus, 3 Inches of Blood, Hate Eternal, Into Eternity, Aborted, and more.
In November ‘05, the band began work on what would become their first proper full-length From Ashes with engineer John Haddad (Intronaut, Eyes of Fire, Phobia). The resulting nine songs paid special attention to not only brutality, but song craft as well and earned the band a remarkable international press response for a debut album. On the strength of From Ashes, they earned their first U.S. tour, a five-week juggernaut alongside Six Feet Under and Decapitated and played as support throughout their home state with the likes of Suffocation, Emperor, Immortal, Goatwhore, Decrepit Birth, and more.
In 2007, ABYSMAL DAWN played a handful of festivals (LA Murderfest, Gathering of the Sick, Burning Star Metal Fest, and more) but most of the band’s time we devoted to writing and rehearsing new material for their follow-up to From Ashes. By November, ABYSMAL DAWN had entered Haddad’s new studio to begin the next full-length. ABYSMAL DAWN spent the next three-months in and out of the studio crafting Programmed To Consume. One by one, track by track, the pieces of this record came together, including brand new artwork once again from Par Olofsson.
In February 2008, ABYSMAL DAWN signed a deal with Relapse Records, making Programmed To Consume the band’s label debut. ABYSMAL DAWN unleashed this virulent strain of modern death metal in May of 2008 and began to tour in support of the album as part of the “Fusion of Brutality” U.S. tour that also included Victimas and Fields of Elysium. Subsequest touring behind Programmed To Consume saw the band out with label-mates Origin, Misery Index, Obscura, Graves of Valor, and touring as part of the eight-week, North American “Conquer & Curse 2009 Tour” with Goatwhore, Abigail Williams, and S.W.W.A.A.T.S.. Upon returning home, ABYSMAL DAWN began writing for the follow-up album to Programmed To Consume and experienced a shift in the line-up. Terry Barajas was replaced behind the kit by Scott Fuller and the band streamlined down to a three-peice with Elliot taking over rhythm and lead guitars in addition to vocals, Mike Cosio on bass, and rounded out by Fuller on drums.
The band began to lay down tracks once again with engineer John Haddad at Trench Studios in August of 2010. For the remainder of the year, ABYSMAL DAWN worked diligently on their new album, Leveling The Plane of Existence, at Trench Studios as well as at Artisan Road Studios with Mike Bear. During the recordings, they were joined by guest musicians Moyses Kolesne (Krisiun) and Kragen Lum (Heathen, Prototype) who both recorded guitar solos for album. Leveling The Plane of Existence was then sent off to Florida to be mixed and mastered by none other than Erik Rutan (CANNIBAL CORPSE, HATE ETERNAL, GOATWHORE) at Mana Recording.
ABYSMAL DAWN has delivered their finest hour in the form of the monolithic Leveling the Plane of Existence. A tour-de-force of modern death metal mastery, Leveling… is a crushing, front-to-back display of brutality, speed, and virtuosity. Massive, memorable riffs, impossibly deep vocal bellows, and relentless percusssion collides on tracks such as the epic “In Service of Time”, “Rapture Renowned”, “My Own Saviour”, and “Perpetual Dormancy”. Leveling… proves beyond a doubt that ABYSMAL DAWN is one of the best new American metal bands. Abysmal Dawn is: Charles Elliott: guitars, vocals Scott Fuller: drums Mike Cosio: bass
- ABYSMAL DAWN Confirm New Headline Dates Tour With 1349, Origin and Wolvhammer Kicks Off February 8th ABYSMAL DAWN released their new album Obsolescence last fall via Relapse Records. Met with critical acclaim and some of the band’s best reviews yet, Obsolescence is a veritable beast of a record and the perfect example of what 21st century death metal should sound like. In support of Obsolescence, ABYSMAL DAWN will hit the road again this winter. This run starts with a string ...