Abhorrent Decimation is ready to release their most inspired, charismatic and dominating material to date in the form of sophomore album ‘The Pardoner’.
Sonically, the band makes considerable progression on the foundations of their sound laid out by previous releases. ‘The Pardoner’ sees the band shave away some of their more traditional influences as a fresh writing force further develops on their skill of creating hard hitting, modern, memorable hooks, now set within obsessively considered composition. Conceptually, the album is an in depth exploration into English poet Geoffrey Chaucer’s most depraved, deceitful character from ‘The Canterbury Tales’, ‘The Pardoner’ and his tale. The Pardoner is a religious fraud. A hypocrite, who preaches against the love of greed. Yet, whose own love of wealth enabled him to profit on the sins of others. He claimed to work on behalf of the clergy, selling spiritual forgiveness for ones sins in the form of his pardons. His pardons included forged “official letters” from high ranking church officials absolving one of their sins and bones and crystals blessed with healing powers. In Chaucer’s story, The Pardoner tells a harrowing tale of three men whose materialism becomes the death of them. The album artwork was produced by German illustrator Karmazid, based on a visual concept by vocalist Ashley Scott. The detailed illustration depicts The Pardoner himself looking over two of the men from his story of avarice and death.