Abigail Williams, the LA-based black metal outfit, announced on 4th July that they will be breaking up. This statement from the band comes just mere days after a press release explaining that they will no longer be touring in the United States. To add to the confusion, the announcement from 4th of July states that the band is open to the possibility of touring in overseas markets, but as for the United States, it will no longer be an option.
In a breath of positivity, it would appear that the members of Abigail Williams will continue to make music and collaborate with one another in different forms. As explained by the band, there is no animosity between members, they simply feel that it is in their best interest to seek out other musical endeavors.
The official statement reads as follows:
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 it’s best to put the band to rest after making what we feel to be our very best album. I’m 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.
Originally formed in 2004, Abigail Williams briefly disbanded in 2007 due to constant line-up changes, and in the end, vocalist Ken Sorceron would remain as the only surviving original member within the group. Their 2010 release “In the Absence of Light” would see them return to a more traditional black metal sound, but it would appear (via this press release) that Abigail William’s swansong will be 2012’s “Becoming.”
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