Abigail Williams – The Accuser

Rating: 4.5/5
Distributor/label: Candlelight Records USA
Distributor/label URL: http://blackplaguerecords.com/cds.html
Released: 2015
Buy Album [URL]: http://www.manicmusiconline.com/abigail-williams-the-accuser
Band Website: https://www.facebook.com/abigailwilliamsofficial

AbigailWilliams1Band line-up:

Ken Sorceron – Guitars, Vocals
Jeff Wilson – Guitars
Charlie Fell – Drums


1. Path of Broken Glass
2. The Cold Lines
3. Of the Outer Darkness
4. Will, Wish and Desire
5. Godhead
6. Forever Kingdom of Dirt
7. Lost Communion
8. Nuummite


Abigail Williams hold significance for me as a metal fan. That is, they were the first band I ever saw live in London when I was just getting into metal – and I feel I owe them a small debt for helping me devise my black metal palate.

Although, like lots of bands, it seems the inevitable problems of line up changes and difference in musical direction caught up with overlord Ken Sorceron and has been a burden on his shoulder for the last four years. Previous albums: ‘In The Absence of Light’ and ‘Becoming’ did not stand out for me at all. But now it seems all that has changed.

Sorceron has made that straight, bog standard black metal album I think he’s been meaning to do for ages, and THE ACCUSER is the end result. It opens with a sound akin to classic Mayhem and tremolos that just screamed 90s and Norway at me.

Gone are all of the symphonics and the dreadful metalcore breakdowns and chugging fusions that plagued their earliest releases. Granted, I’ll give that some originality as I can’t think of many other bands who tried to create: ‘Blackcore’. (And I’m very pleased no such subgenre exists). But we now see an ushering in of a whole new Abigail Williams. ‘Of the Outer Darkness’ is deliciously chaotic in nature and reminded me of good sludge metal like Mortals, plus ‘Godhead’ showcases one heck of a good gravity blast on the drums which told me this new line up has plenty of longevity.

THE ACCUSER then begins its twilight listing with ‘Lost Communion’ giving off the purest and most unadulterated metal nihilism. This band seem aware that they were on the career rocks for a long time, but it seems Sorceron might have just saved himself from career suicide. I can see this new release getting the band a whole new listenership. They’ve delved into many different sounds in their short career and faced the consequences, so now’s the time for Abigail Williams to shine in all of their putrid glory.

Review by Demitri Levantis