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Abandoned By Bears – “Headstorm” (Victory Records)

The evolution of Abandoned By Bears, one of Victory’s best and brightest rosterees, in the two years since their previous album The Years Ahead to now on Headstorm, is something to behold. They’ve redefined their sound with the addition of more aggression and maturity, all without sacrificing their penchant for melody. After starting out Headstorm business as usual with the hard-hitting “So Far Gone,” Abandoned By Bears deliver a truly memorable performance on the album’s title track, an infectious bounce-fest that should register as one of the best tracks they’ve ever put to wax yet. “Strangers” is an utter riff-fest and sounds like the next big A Day To Remember single, an absolute ferocious pace that continues onto the biting “Borderline,” a track packed with grating barks and raucous breakdowns. “Blurry Vision” combines the best of both worlds, pairing scathing vocal retorts with expansive hooks, “Fervor” brings the nostalgic lamentations of lost love (‘Ignite this fire, you’re a…

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