The Italian Cult band ABORYM return with a new dark apocalyptic opus, although the Italian part isn’t completely Italian anymore since the band has a few very big names aboard from the old Norwegian scene. For one replacing the Drum computer of their previous releases is the legendary Faust (EMPEROR), then there is Prime Evil of cult-band MYSTICUM doing the vocals and he in turn replaced the equally legendary Atilla Csihar, responsible for the ultimate Black Metal vocal delivery with MAYHEM. The latter has his final performance with ABORYM on “Man Bites god”
Musically ABORYM plays a very futuristic, apocalyptic but definitively evil brand of Black Metal that sounds very sophisticated and technically proficient for genre standards. Between the twisted vocals and heavy, sometimes Death Metal like drum work there are lots of keyboards, electronics and even choirs being played that don’t create a cliché sound at all but rather helps achieving the special atmosphere. Also the production is really aggressive but again not very genre-typical. The Death Metal approach to the sound creates a cold atmosphere that fits the album but at the same time drowns the guitars out. Mighty solos like the one in “Ruinrama…” make up for this though, as does the very solid bass playing.
The band is at its best when playing at full power, while every song has slower parts where electronics take over faster songs like the title track and “Suffer Catalyst” are brilliant examples of original and extreme Metal where the band really knows how to incorporate the special elements in a good way. Too bad that they share themselves among the millions of bands that use spoken parts of Charles Manson, most people heard them before, believe me.
Finally, as much as I like Prime Evil on this “Generator” as well as with MYSTICUM it’s still the mighty Atilla that makes “Man Bites God” the best song on the album. It takes a while to build up with lots electronics and an almost Industrial atmosphere but after that it’s total hell being unleashed. The whole band is really on fire and makes it a memorable farewell song for Atilla.
An interesting and unconventional Black Metal album that is far from being brilliant but which still holds plenty of quality; as is to be expected with a line-up like that. (Online April 10, 2006)