When the name Drederick Tatum is mentioned, most of you who are familiar with the name will undoubtedly think of the heavyweight boxer character based on Mike Tyson on popular US cartoon series The Simpsons. Very few of you will also think of the Chester/Wrexham based metalcore quintet, especially due to their recent split. Before departing from the scene though however, the 5-piece released their debut and only full-length album at their farewell show, which also happens to be available for free download on their Facebook page too.
Those curious enough to divulge themselves into this band and into “Abandonment” will notice instant similarities with bands slotted into the same genre; Bring Me The Horizon, The Red Shore, Azriel, I Killed The Prom Queen and Parkway Drive to name but a few. They’ve got the switch of raspy yelps and guttural belts from frontman Gary Challinor, bearing some likeness to Oli Sykes from the band’s “Count Your Blessings”-era, the chugging yet at times intricate fretboard workings of Adam Omari and Peter Robinson, the down-tuned bass of Connah Ward and the fast and strong input of drummer Phil Randall.
The album overall sounds tight, and a flow from one track onto the other remains consistent for the most part. First proper track ‘I’m The British Beyoncé’ implodes into a stampede of distortion, frantic drum and guitars and a blood curdling screech, following on in a similar fashion and keeping the hard-hitting presence strong. The wining and dining reference titled ‘I Took Her To Slam City’ stands as one of the catchiest offerings on the record, with the chorus line “I took her to Slam City / Without remorse, without pity / This is right where she belongs / A piece of scum for us to walk along” being the most dominant factor in this, and becoming one of the most poppy moments across the whole of “Abandonment”. Those more into the heavier moments will find comfort with the short-lived ‘br00t4l w00t4l5’ and the Friends referring ‘Joey Doesn’t Share Food!’, encapturing everything heavy and loved in the metalcore genre.
One slight downside to the whole of the record is the lyrics. Though Gary’s messages are clearly from the heart and definitely relevant to the genre and music, the idea of “What is meant for me?” throughout and the contradictive line “You mean nothing to me / You mean everything to me” can eventually become a little tedious and repetitive, keeping most songs relative to relationships or ‘that certain girl’ that all guys can relate to in one way or another. The passion and heart on sleeve nature of the message and deliverance though can bypass this for the most part however.
“Abandonment” for the band’s fan base was a long-awaited record from a band who have now sadly come to their demise. This recording however can be enjoyed for long after their leaving, and with the free legal availability can still spread their name despite their disbandment.