The only ABORTED album I’d ever heard before I got this one was “Goremageddon”, and it was a killer slab of Grindcore from these Belgian Grinders. I never managed to check out any of their subsequent material, partly due to my very small interest in Grindcore, partly due to me hearing extremely contrasting and contradicting opinions about the following albums. Terms ranging from “The next step in the evolution of ABORTED” to “Total fucking sellouts” were used to describe the albums, so I was weary to buy the albums.
The opening song, “Carrion”, is a slow, heavy instrumental intro track, foreshadowing the brutality that is going to come up once the album kicks into gear, and kick right into gear it does. This is brutal the entire way through, with riffs coming at you from all sides, with some melody just to change up the dynamics of the song. It’s like the band took all of the elements that made CARCASS as legendary as they are, and fused them into one album. The heavy fast riffing, the small injection of melody just to shake things up, the straight-ahead Death Metal drumming, etc. Yea, even though this is a Death Metal album with heavy Grindcore influences, it puts a lot of focus on melody and guitar harmonies, which adds a nice contrast to the constant barrage from the Grindcore riffs. So it’s heavy and violent all the way through, but the manner which this is achieved changes as the album goes on.
Well, if I use “Goremageddon” as any frame of reference, ABORTED has always had a lot of melodic elements in their sound, so the melodic riffing on “Strychnine.213” should not really be a surprise to anyone. However, I love how the band shows a knack for melody that a lot of bands wished they had, yet still manage to keep the harshness of the music.
(Online August 8, 2008)