Year Formed


Absolution are a Birmingham-based death metal band formed by former Benediction / Cerebral Fix bass player Paul Adams in 1991. The first stable line up of the band consisted of Neil Hadden on vocals, Jason Woods on drums and guitarists Richard Harwood and Gorden Bicknell. It was this line up of Absolution that played their debut gigs with Leamington Spa death metallers Impaler and Warlord UK during 1992. This year also saw the band record their 6 track demo 'Remittance Of Penance'.

A few months after the recording of this demo saw the departure of Bicknell, who would shortly resurface in doomsters Esoteric (where he remains to this day). Bicknell was replaced by guitarist Mathew Hackett. Hackett's debut gigs with Absolution were in late 1992 with the band supporting Cannibal Corpse and Bolt Thrower. The band parted ways with Adams in the spring of 1993.

Absolution's first gig without their founding member was in London supporting Gorguts and Blasphemy (guitarist Harwood temporally taking over bass duties). Adams was eventually replaced by a friend of the band, Richard Bailey, in May of 1993. Throughout 1993, Absolution continued to play throughout the UK with bands as diverse as death metallers such as Benediction and Burial to hardcore bands such as Decadence Within. August 1993 saw Absolution headline Edwards No8 alongside Warlord UK, which would prove to be the band's final gig. Shortly after the Edwards gig, drummer Woods quit the band. The rest of the band soldered on to try and find a replacement drummer but the search eventually proved unsuccessful. The early part of 1994 saw Absolution officially disband.

With a rejuvenated friendship and personal differences resolved between original members Neil Hadden (vocals) and Richard Harwood (guitar), 2012 saw Absolution reform. Guitarist Adam Jenkins, bass player Andy Lawson and drummer William Stokes have now completed the new-look line up.