It's not a good sign when a group breaks up even before they have released their debut album. Abigail Williams, the band (not the woman who was one of the initial accusers in the Salem witch trials of 1692), formed in Phoenix before relocating in Olympia, WA.
Between '04 and '07, Abigail Williams favored a symphonic Black Metal sound. They disbanded only to reform a short-time later, writing and recording their '08 debut full-length album "In The Shadow Of A Thousand Suns." The group altered their sound to straight-up Black Metal for their next two albums, '10's "In The Absence Of Light" and '12's "Becoming."
What about the name? "The accuser is always relevant in society," explained early bassist Thomas G. Plaguehammer. "In America there were the witch trials, the Red Scare, and now terrorism. Everyone is always quick to point a finger; we do it out of fear, prejudice, and because of things we don't understand. So, the accuser will always be present in society."
Another notable thing about Abigail Williams was that they had more in-and-out traffic than a shopping mall. But to be fair, nearly half the members who joined, then left, did so before the group's debut album. Vocalist/guitarist Ken "Sorceron" Bergeron, the group's founder, was the only one to go the distance.
In '12. it looked like the end had come - again. Abigail Williams announced that their U.S. tour in support of "Becoming" would be their last and that they are disbanding.
That split didn't take either. "The Accuser," their fourth full-length effort, dropped in '15.
2008 In The Shadow Of A Thousand Suns
2010 In The Absence Of Light
2015 The Accuser