Aborted
Goremageddon


4.5
superb

Review

by Shadows USER (89 Reviews)
January 17th, 2005 | 46 replies | 11,220 views


Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist


9 of 10 thought this review was well written

Melodies from the hacksaw severing your spinal chord...
To me, Aborted is everything you may have come to expect from a brutal death metal band plus a little extra to make them something more special than just an array of guttural roars backed by down tuned guitars and blast beats. Aborted uses all instruments to full potential creating music that is mature yet still extremely brutal. The vocals I think make them stand out from the rest of the death metal crowd. Instead of the usual stream of boring grunts that sounds like the vocalist is having intestinal problems, Sven takes it a little further. High pitch shrieks and flat out metal screams are definitely present. Sven, as well as the other members adds a new dimension to the music not normally seen within the genre. The bass I think is the only downfall. I can only recall one or two instances when the bass is distinctly heard doing anything besides playing guitar hugging rhythms. There is an occasional break for the bass to do its thing, but overall I think Fre didn't get enough exposure.

The drums of course are just as insane as one could hope from death metal. The blast beats and double kicking are exceptional - hell, they just kick ***. Frank plays ridiculously fast throughout the entire album, but doesn't limit himself. Blast beats are dominant, but Frank oftentimes uses different beats to mix things up and keep the rhythms from becoming too repetitive. Spot on hammering of the percussive anvils. And finally the guitar work - oh, how I love the guitar playing. Now, this is death metal, so you should be able to assume what the majority of the guitars sound like normally. First off, they don't sound as low pitch as other death bands - meaning the music is more defined than chugging riffs that sound no more than a rumble. Thijs and Bart also go beyond a mass of random power chords. Lead guitar work dominates in all its forms - but don't get me wrong, power chords are used tastefully to deliver a throat hacking onslaught of metal fused death. The solos I believe are also a highlight of this band. If you're looking for insane Cryptopsy type death shredding, you've come to the wrong place. Aborted solos sound very well written, and show that the musicians have a background in traditional metal. That's right, the solos are lengthy and display more than the ability to make randomly crazy shreds and definitely resemble traditional metal guitar work, which I will go more into depth on later on.

Aborted is more than just choppy brutal riffs with the occasional break. These guys incorporate a little thing called melody, fused with insane brutality, to create a sound that you can really headbang to. The track Meticulous Invagination begins with and goes back to smooth sections that aren't too over the top but still very heavy - the music almost flows perfectly with expert timing. These amazing parts are scattered throughout the album and provide a breath of fresh air for the music to shine over the heaviness. Sanguine Verses (...of Extirpation) has something similar. While blast beats are still present, the music itself is toned down for a more calm and flowing sound. But for the extreme sound with no bull***, just pure ***ing brutal metal, we need Clinical Colostomy.

I'm sorry to go back to this topic, but I love the soloing on this album. Try the track Sanguine Verses (...of Extirpation) to see what I'm talking about. Lengthy solos that have structure. Not just thirty seconds of super fast shredding, but stuff that displays some form of feeling as well as talent. They do sound like some type of older metal (possibly thrash solos) and accent the music beautifully. I urge all of you to check out the solo in Ornaments Derision - at times it is, dare I say emotional?

This band is one of my favorite death metal bands. I've told you why, now it's your turn to listen and decide for yourself. Vocals that are diverse enough to make several atmospheres in one song all the while artfully backed by the much needed brutality. Guitar work sophisticated enough to grind into your skull and then turn around and play an amazing solo. The bass and drums pound consistently - not at all repetitive but artfully played just as they are needed to make Goremageddon a metal massacre worthy of spilling blood from the firstborn. Any and all death heads must hear this; I'm sure there are those who hate it but so far I haven't met any.

Recommended tracks:
All of them, but if you really want me to be specific:
Meticulous Invagination
Sanguine Verses (...of Extirpation)
Clinical Colostomy

Final Rating - 4.5/5



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superpeer
January 17th 2005



257 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Great review, I'll have to buy this, supporting my Belgian Brothers.

br3ad_man
Emeritus
February 26th 2005



2125 Comments


This band is great stuff. I've heard two songs, but I'll be looking out for the full album.

94_Hours
July 23rd 2005



73 Comments


this album is amazing. Carnal Forge the best imo

Shadows
Moderator
September 16th 2005



2530 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Hmmm...I've edited it a bit. I'll bump, because there's got to be someone out there who can relate to incredible goregrind like this.

FoundDeadHanging
September 16th 2005



13 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

im definatly checking this band out, ive heard alot about them and now after this review, i really wanna check them out, i love goregrind so much, this better live up to how great you made it sound

Arrakakaka
October 22nd 2005



685 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good album, but it lacks. I wish I could rate it lower. Some parts are boring, some parts are great.

Actually, it's growing on me.

This Message Edited On 10.22.05

Shadows
Moderator
October 22nd 2005



2530 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

If you guys like this, I suggest chacking out the album Engineering the Dead too. It's heavier and even more disgusting then this. Whether it's better or not I cannot decide.

Arrakakaka
November 6th 2005



685 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

And you didn't say they covered a Carcass song!? "Carnal Forge" is one of Carcass's. And I've listened to it lately. It rules.This Message Edited On 11.06.05

Shadows
Moderator
November 6th 2005



2530 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It wasn't on this album.

And if it was, than it's a bonus track that I didn't get.

Strangely enough, I just bought Heartwork a few minutes ago.

Arrakakaka
November 6th 2005



685 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

/Twighlight Zone music plays.

circleofdeadchildren
November 26th 2005



119 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This is such an awesome cd/review.

Shadows
Moderator
November 26th 2005



2530 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This album destroys the rectum of thy enemy.

It's that good. Just like Engineering the Dead.

Toaster
November 26th 2005



343 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Actually, I didn't like this that much. Too samey in some places. The instrument playing is sweet though, as is the jagged production.

Shadows
Moderator
November 26th 2005



2530 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Quite so. Their first album, Purity of Perversion, would've been a great listen, had it not been for the horribly bassy production and muffled guitars. I think they got it right on this one though.

Toaster
November 26th 2005



343 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Why is it that so many DM debuts have bassy production?

Shadows
Moderator
November 26th 2005



2530 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I don't know, but Aborted's was worse then anything I had ever heard. It was borderline unlistenable for me, even though I like a lot of black metal.

Toaster
November 26th 2005



343 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

:lol: Sounds like it's worth a listen.

Cravinov13
December 13th 2005



3854 Comments


This is some good brutal death metal.

jameskukucka
August 15th 2006



308 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this was an enjoyable listen. A great album. I might up my rating once i have th eopportunity to listen on headphonesThis Message Edited On 08.15.06

Thor
December 5th 2006



10158 Comments


Their lyrics suck.

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