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When a band takes its name from one of the metaphysical British poet William Blake's most allegorical and impenetrable poems, it clearly isn't taking the easy route to fame and fortune. In keeping with their titular inspiration, the Human Abstract favor a brainy, progressive take on contemporary metal and hardcore that looks beyond the usual cars-and-girls themes. Guitarist Dean Herrera and guitarist and keyboardist A.J. Minette formed the Human Abstract in 2004, adding bassist Kenny Arehart, drummer Brett Powell, and, finally, singer Nathan Ells. Inspired by progressive rockers like Rush and Dream Theater along with heavier contemporary acts like Between the Buried and Me and Minette's university music theory training, the Human Abstract recorded a demo and played a number of regional gigs before signing with the local indie Hopeless Records in 2005. Working with producers Eric Rachel and Jamie King, longtime veterans of the Southern California post-hardcore scene, the Human Abstract released their debut album, Nocturne in August 2006. A year later, Minette parted ways with the band due to creative differences. The Human Abstract's sophomore album, Midheaven, followed in 2008 and featured new guitarist Andrew Tapley. Further personnel changes found Ellis replaced by new lead singer Travis Richter in 2009. In 2010 it was announced that Minette had returned to the fold. In 2011 the Human Abstract returned with their third studio album, Digital Veil. ~ Stewart Mason
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  2.   This World Is a Tomb
  3.   Self Portraits of the Instincts
  4.   Patterns
  5.   The Path
  6.   A Violent Strike
  7.   Vela, Together We Await the Storm
  8.   Mea Culpa
  9.   Crossing the Rubicon
  10.   Horizon to Zenith
  11.   Faust
  12.   Elegiac
  13.   Digital Veil
  14.   Counting Down the Days
  15.   Metanoia
  16.   Breathing Life into Devices
  17.   Polaris
  18.   Channel Detritus
  19.   Sotto Voce
  20.   Procession of the Fates
  21.   Holographic Sight
  22.   Complex Terms
  23.   Harbinger
  24.   Antebellum
  25.   A Dead World at Sunrise
  26.   Desiderata
  27.   Movement from Discord
  28.   Nocturne
  29.   Echoes of the Spirit
  30.   Calm in the Chaos
  31.   Echelons to Molotovs
  32.   Hate Symphony No. 2

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