Aborted
The Archaic Abattoir


3.0
good

Review

by Kalle J. USER (37 Reviews)
May 3rd, 2007 | 26 replies | 8,041 views


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Where did Aborted go?

3 of 3 thought this review was well written

Aborted, formed in 1995, could easily succumb into the many generic death metal albums that exist today. As a whole, they still subtly manage to keep my interest, despite utilizing all the regular components that can be distinguished among its correlatives. All signs connotate a thematic approach to gore and death, but what may not be implicitly palpable is the way in which they exaggerate it in order to satirize the brutality of killing. Hailing from Belgium, this band has something to offer, had. After a scrutiny in their newer album “The Archaic Abattoir”, I disappointedly watch the fire that the band had kindled so intently during their previous work die out. There are still elements from their previous materials which have prospered and remained unblemished.

That’s right, because the only thing that differs this from the what would be a bland and repetitive deathgrind album are the vocals. Sven de Caluwé is born ready. He has an immaculate control over his growl, and can alter its range while the steadfast core remains. With a great vocalist, the band already secured much of their position in becoming a great band. In reality, they have an excellent set-up on the whole. The guitars are cleanly played through and the drums, composed of cymbals and blast beats are as brittle and consistent as soaked snow. But what now, how do they bestow this potential?

In 2003 the answer would have been “Goremageddon”, arguably one of their most intense inspirations that put them at the meridian of their musical strives, which, I won’t lie, got to me incredibly quickly. There was something about the way the band played; it was like anything else, but there was something subtly instrumental which made them emanate a peculiarity, highly suggesting that they knew what they were doing, and doing it which set the ideal example. Up to date, Aborted has been a very technically proficient band, holding an alleged superiority and professionalism when it came to playing a refined Death Metal. It was what all bands were striving for, but which Aborted had emulated with such ease.

“The Archaic Abattoir” is something I will be completely frank about; this album had a lot of pressure on it, as it had to compete with some of Aborted’s best work up to date. The verdict: this stuff just doesn’t cut the mustard. Their work has slipped into the queue of death metal bands that are simply generic and derivative. De Caluwé has managed to keep his voice intact, but with it being completely enshrouded by useless guitars which give off no catchy grooves or melodic riffs, this albums comes off just over average. The vocals have withdrawn with the fatal instrumental accompaniment and lost their power, which intertwined very well with the more unrelenting riffs on their previous material. This 2006 release now features a slower and heavier, in effect, less dynamic line of tracks. Vocals now completely lack transition and sound very contrived, especially as there is a huge contrast between, singing voice 1 and 2 (well name them for now). Stop-and-start techniques are applied to catch the auditors interest, which shows the explosiveness that the band has, but which unfortunately here has no effect. The previously mentioned guitars and riffs are so heavy and slow, there is no effect now whether they slow down or come up, to me they are only progressing through the only too mellifluous transitions.

To obviate repetition, I will not reiterate too much upon their technical specifications. Songs like The Gangrenous Epitaph and Voracious Haemoglobinic Syndrome still protrude rays of hope, and its always good to know that there are tracks which are good. I’ve always liked how elements such as solos are added to add an even more blissful state to the songs, here there is proof of that too, only they are more dragged out; songs therefore cohere less.

However, we must still face facts, and acknowledge that there are bound to be bad tracks, unfortunately, a little too many, which makes my opinion of this album much lower. After all, it is the album that I am rating, and if the majority of it is great, it will stay sharply in my mind. I’ve been staying rather objective and commercial for too long, and this has been my opportunity to rebel. With their 2006 album “The Archaic Abattoir”, Aborted have failed to impress; they hardly play dynamic and inexorable riffs. This has been replaced by placid and down-tuned melodies which stiffly leave behind the pacy technical and contrasting lead guitars that we once knew. I welcome anyone to give this a listen and contest, as well as reinforce my opinions, but for those in search of the best, you will have to look elsewhere.

Recommended Tracks:

- The Gangrenous Epitaph
- Voracious Haemoglobinic Syndrome
- Descend To Extirpation




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Monticello
May 3rd 2007



805 Comments


Bloody hell, another one.
Very good.
/votes.

Thor
May 3rd 2007



10183 Comments


Their lyrics suck so unbelievably much.

Slaapkamers
May 3rd 2007



596 Comments


And Thor knows all about terrible lyrics.

Thor
May 3rd 2007



10183 Comments


My name is Ted, indifferent to laws I strangle and maim women
January 4, ramming the betrod into her her cattered vagina
Incapable, defined is the hatred that lead to this carnage

Yeah, these guys are regular poets.

kalkal50
May 4th 2007



2386 Comments


"i killed a girl with a chainsaw"...This Message Edited On 07.20.07

ValiumMan
May 4th 2007



493 Comments


You sound like you swallowed a dictionary, but it's still very good. Gets my vote.

kalkal50
May 4th 2007



2386 Comments


My bad This Message Edited On 07.20.07

kalkal50
July 8th 2007



2386 Comments


Hmm hmmThis Message Edited On 07.20.07

Confessed2005
August 15th 2007



3314 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The lyrics are very satirical I think. In person, Sven certainly comes across as quite the joker.

masscows
August 15th 2007



2236 Comments


haha like anyone who writes lyrics like these guys is serious about it. People who watch gore movies laugh at the splattery parts, they aren't like, impressed by the zombie's methods of disembowelment. It's the same way with gore metal-they find it funny, and rightfully so, because it is.

Confessed2005
August 15th 2007



3314 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

In all honesty, I think lyrics that deal with gory subjects are brilliant.

Solely for the fact that grotesque almost always equals amusement. Point and case, the classic film Evil Dead.

masscows
August 15th 2007



2236 Comments


hahahahahaha rofl i watched that when I was 11 and i thought it was hilarious the whole way through. When he stabs the pencil through the chicks hand! omfg classic

FR33L0RD
September 14th 2007



1461 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

IMO this is not good.

I much prefer "Slaughter & Apparatus: A Methodical Overture" album(4/5)

/my pos voteThis Message Edited On 09.14.07

kalkal50
September 14th 2007



2386 Comments


thx, i agree this is pretty bad

WARPATH_88
September 14th 2007



514 Comments


I like these guys from what ive heard on Goremageddon. But i guess this isnt that great.

Their lyrics suck so unbelievably much.


Yea thats usually why i dont look up lyrics from gore metal bands because i know ill hate the lyrics. So I just enjoy the music. :thumb:

hybridstigmata
September 27th 2008



169 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

You all don't know what you're talking about. This is a great cd. It's better then Slaughter and Apparatus, and it's better then Strychnine 213 but not by much. The new album is amazing but there's just some things about this cd that stick out to me more. Sven's vocals are top notch.

Timothee
November 2nd 2008



29 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This is my fav. Aborted Cd i would have to say. They have some brutal breakdowns in this.
Love itt.

Phantom
January 3rd 2009



8930 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Midsection of Dead Wreckoning is ballin'.

WHO AM I WHEN PUSH COMES TO SHOVE

hybridstigmata
December 20th 2009



169 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

"De Caluwé has managed to keep his voice intact, but with it being completely enshrouded by useless guitars which give off no catchy grooves or melodic riffs, this albums comes off just over average. "

There are tons of catchy grooves and melodic riffs.

SteelErectedb4you8er
December 27th 2009



2616 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

There are tons of catchy riffs and melodies. This album is great songs like "Blood Fixing the Bled," "Gestated Rabidity," and "Hecatomb."



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