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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.   Breathing Life into Devices
  3.   Vela, Together We Await the Storm
  4.   This World Is a Tomb
  5.   Self Portraits of the Instincts
  6.   Horizon to Zenith
  7.   Antebellum
  8.   Counting Down the Days
  9.   Metanoia
  10.   A Violent Strike
  11.   Mea Culpa
  12.   Crossing the Rubicon
  13.   Patterns
  14.   Holographic Sight
  15.   Faust
  16.   Elegiac
  17.   Digital Veil
  18.   Complex Terms
  19.   A Dead World at Sunrise
  20.   Calm in the Chaos
  21.   The Path
  22.   Procession of the Fates
  23.   Desiderata
  24.   Echelons to Molotovs
  25.   Polaris
  26.   Channel Detritus
  27.   Movement from Discord
  28.   Sotto Voce
  29.   Nocturne
  30.   Harbinger
  31.   Echoes of the Spirit
  32.   Hate Symphony No. 2

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