Divide and Dissolve : Abomination

Divide and Dissolve’s second album cracks the boundaries of the metal genre and finds the balance in political music on some tracks, while being swallowed by repetitive trudging on others.

At its best, Abomination fuzes jazz-like sounds with roaring guitars and violent snare, as it does on its highlight, ‘Resistance’. An unsettling saxophone line spins into a wall of sound, powered by an unspoken story of colonial oppression and the strength of embattled minorities including Indigenous peoples. But there are times where the album’s subtleties are buried under similar grinding structures. The title track is one of those: each layered riff mimics the same growling tone as the last, until everything collapses into noise.
What’s ultimately impressive is the album’s clear political identity, whether the track is pared back or unrestrained. Feelings of anger and empowerment are almost tangible on songs like ‘Reversal’, with its brooding atmosphere and flashes of piano, as well as ‘Re-Appropriation’, which beats out a flurry of crashing instrumentals.
Abomination clearly isn’t just a one-off political album, but with pruning and by embracing more abstract sounds and instruments, Divide and Dissolve could push their anti-colonialist message and distinct brand of metal closer to the cultural mainstream.