Boston hardcore act Defeater have shared a new video for their song ‘Unanswered‘ off their fourth studio album ‘Abandoned‘ which is due out August 28th on Epitaph.

Check it out below.


Unlike most hardcore bands, Defeater don’t write songs so much as they write histories, and specifically the history of a never-named New Jersey family whose already troubled lives disintegrate into torment, rendered all the more tragic for the depth and detail of singer Derek Archambault’s lyrics.

Abandoned‘ was recorded earlier this year at guitarist Jay Maas’ studio, with drummer Joe Longobardi, bassist Mike Poulin and guitarist Jake Woodruff, is the most relentlessly raw and uncompromising chapter so far, powered by a renewed sense of artistic ambition and a plot twist no one could have expected.

Watch the earlier released video clip below for the track ‘Spared In Hell‘.

Abandoned‘ was written and recorded in a welcome period of relief in Archambault’s life, after he’d finally received a life-changing surgery that repaired severe hip damage he suffered in an injury. Archambault’s surgery, he says, allowed him to redouble his connection with his own writing, leaving him clear to truly inhabit what he calls his own Glass family, after the famous J.D. Salinger characters. The new album chronicles the story of a lapsed Catholic priest, whose battles in Europe during the war drag him first toward faith and then his own poisonous faithlessness.

For the newly introduced to the band, Defeater’s debut ‘Travels‘ started the story with the younger brother, a lifelong misfit forced to kill his father in defence of his mother, and forced to live with the consequences no matter how far he runs. Second album ‘Empty Days‘ followed the older brother, dazed from the death of his father and fighting as his life dissolves into drinking and debt. And most recent album ‘Letters Home‘ was a surprisingly compassionate look at the father and his experiences overseas in World War II, presented in a reverse-chronological order that transformed the monster from ‘Travels‘ back into the man he once was.

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1. Contrition
2. Unanswered
3. December 1943
4. Spared In Hell
5. Divination
6. Borrowed & Blue
7. Penance
8. Remorse
9. Pillar Of Salt
10. Atonement
11. Vice & Regret