From the ashes of legendary AUTOPSY once rose ABSCESS, actually formed before the 1996 dissolution of AUTOPSY, in 1994. Having released 2 previous albums and an EP on Relapse Records, and an album through Listenable Records, now the time is there for their Peaceville debut, so in a sense a return to AUTOPSY home base for Chris Reifert and Danny Coralles.
"Through The Cracks Of Death" is the newest work of these old school Deathers, which has a gory yet wicked painting on the cover of the album. Though I had not heard either AUTOPSY or ABSCESS before, the band, that is completed by Clint Bower and Joe Allen, immediately manages to create a comfortable sound with it's Old School Death Metal with guttural grunts. Though the music is not necessarily confined to these elements (the vocals have a fairly wide range for grunts), the pleasure of Old School Death is that you know what you get: In your face, no bullshit Metal! Tracks like "Raping The Multiverse", "Escalation Of Violence" and "Tomb Of The Unknown Junkie" are just a selection of tracks on an overall strong album. But although this is a very decent album to say the least, it is still a rather unidimensional album, which is excellent for any neck activities, but doesn't reach outer spheres of metallic divinity.
Fortunately there are other releases that have brought that to us, making "Through The Cracks Of Death" perfect for the no nonsense desires. As another slight point of criticism I would have to mention is that sometimes the music seems to be heading nowhere, stuck in rather mediocre riffs. But these small points are in no way a reason to leave this record untouched!
If you like your music Old School, ABSCESS is the way to go, "Through The Cracks Of Death" is waiting for you! (Online November 19, 2002)