Aborted
Strychnine.213


4.0
excellent

Review

by ThyCrossAwaits USER (46 Reviews)
October 15th, 2008 | 30 replies


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Gory enough for the Cannibal Corpse-ers, core enough for the Despised Icon-ers.

Gore metal. Grotesque cover art that makes you want to puke and lyrics that enhance the urge. Aborted are no strangers to this abyss of a realm, also inhabited by bloody creatures such as Carcass and Morbid Angel. Strychnine.213 is Aborted fifth studio album, and not a smidgen less gruesome than its predecessors. But can it hold up its own blood?

Opening with a dark intro known as Carrion, Strychnine.213 wastes no time in getting the guitar in there. While most openers are just white noise, Carrion is made up of guitars and unintelligible muttering. Interesting enough, I suppose.

But now things get really good. Ophiolatry On a Hemocite Platter pops out of almost nowhere with a bare bellow “Worship my name!” and proceeds to thud along with dull yet bludgeoning chords along with vocalist #1 Svencho’s garbled growls, which for some unfathomable reason are appealing. Trading off later to vocalist #2 Svenchi’s hardcore scream, the vocals are more various than, say, Cannibal Corpse. So we have brutal death metal churned into a bloody mass with a tinge of core, but wait, what’s that on the horizon? A guitar duet? This isn’t death metal, this sounds like Gothenburg, as if In Flames donated sperm to spawn At the Gates’ child. So as it stands, we’ve got death, core, and Gothenburg, merged into a strange sort of…deathcore, for lack of a better comparison. Hmm.

Ophiolatry is a standout among the tracks, and its posterity, I35 and Pestiferous Subterfuge are adequate, if not great, but are not as gripping. Pestiferous Subterfuge does itself a favor by having an attractive chorus and a particularly good guitar duet (actually better than Ophiolatry’s duet, to be honest). Either way, the following track, The Chyme Congeries, blows them both out of the blood-spattered water. Ironic that the song about feces is one of the better tracks, but that’s how it is. Yes, it’s a song about poop. Almost all vocal doodies* are dropped on Svencho, with his blundering low growl. The only spots where Svenchi gets any glory is when both screamers drop the line “the wrath of my pooper” simultaneously. It blows my mind how a band with a song titled Ophiolatry On a Hemocite Platter can’t think of something more…artistic, than “pooper”. Kind of a mood-killer, if you will. Eh, it’s still the thickest song on the album and the da-da-DUM-DUM guitars are addicting.

After the two best songs on the album (Ophiolatry and Congeries, if you’re not paying attention), the album somehow manages to keep your attention. A Murmur In Decrepit Wits is a bouncing, vigorous horror story so headbang-worthy your hair will grow to your waist just for effect. Enterrement of An Idol is a spike-covered boulder rolling down a hill crushing everything in its path and collecting corpses until ending in a flattened village and a morbidly mournful solo. These are all adequate tracks, but they can’t really hold a cobwebbed candle to Ophiolatry.

So coming forth from a corpse-filled field is Aborted, lugging behind them the bloodstained weapon Strychnine.213, an excellent addition to their arsenal (including Goremageddon, The Archaic Abattoir, and Slaughter & Apparatus: A Methodical Overture.) Metalcore? Dead and buried. Deathcore? Probably digging its own grave. Death-core-burg? Bloody excellent. Very bloody.

After way too much thought, (I must have listened through The Chyme Congeries 3 dozen times,) I’d place Strychnine above Aborted’s previous release, Slaughter & Apparatus, but as an overall rating somewhere between a 3.5 and a 4. It’s a matter of opinion, to be honest. I may be overrating, because I still love Ophiolatry and Congeries, and Enterrement of An Idol is growing on me, but I finally settled with a 4…that’s open to evaluation.


*In retrospect, I’d like to apologize for the horrendous pun in the 4th paragraph.



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BallsToTheWall
October 15th 2008


44478 Comments


The only thing I know about this band is the random head to head battle of the bands with Distorted in the middl east televised in Tel Aviv.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zthkw0KRY84

Good review, im not very interested but i'll check it out because of the randomness bringing the two bands together.

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Wizard
October 15th 2008


19443 Comments


*In retrospect, I’d like to apologize for the horrendous pun in the 4th paragraph.

Hahahaha
This review is good step up from your last few. Glad to see you've taken some of the constructive comments to heart. Vote!

Digging: Godflesh - A World Lit Only By Fire

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
October 15th 2008


16410 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Album cover is fucking awesome. I really need to buy an album by this band, I've heard good things but never got around to it. Maybe I'll get this or Goremageddon.

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ThyCrossAwaits
October 15th 2008


3053 Comments


ooh, get this one. Goremageddon's really heavy, but the songwriting really isn't there.

ikarus
October 15th 2008


562 Comments


"gorecore"

ThyCrossAwaits
October 15th 2008


3053 Comments


ya, pretty much. note the Gothenburg tho, that's a big thing.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
October 15th 2008


16410 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

How come all of the retail versions of this have some different, retarded album cover?

Wizard
October 15th 2008


19443 Comments


Too violent? Censorship? Protect the Children?

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
October 15th 2008


16410 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Ya this rules.

Wizard
October 15th 2008


19443 Comments


The samples are pretty good.

ThyCrossAwaits
October 15th 2008


3053 Comments


no, its a slipcover. calm down, the original's inside.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
October 15th 2008


16410 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I forgot to mention good review, samples on last.fm are excellent, especially "Pestiferous Subterfuge"This Message Edited On 10.15.08

masscows
October 15th 2008


2236 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

This album sucks Goremageddon is better

AngelPhoenix
October 15th 2008


2764 Comments


Your reviews are definitely improving Cross, nice job with this one. Album doesn't sound like my thing at all though.

razedtotheground
October 15th 2008


368 Comments


Ugh I was looking forward to this but it sucks. Goremageddon is so much better.

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Silenius
October 16th 2008


305 Comments


The censored version just has a slider over the actual album cover...

Tarantino's Tarantulas
October 16th 2008


819 Comments


I liked what they did, concerning grotesque artwork, with the recent re-issue of Reek of Putrefaction, which basically they stuck in a white 'medical waste' bag.

Liked Goremageddon, wasn't interested in what I've heard off this. You can buy this in the UK without censorship.

Morbid Angel have little to do with so called 'gore metal'; lyrically, they're mainly about occultism, Lovecraft mythos and anti-Christianity (usually in the same song).This Message Edited On 10.16.08

Bleak123
October 16th 2008


1902 Comments


Obviously this isn't quite on the same level of 'Goremageddon' but on its own its actually rather good.


Slaytan
October 16th 2008


1186 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This album is good but it doesn't hold up to their past works IMO. With that being said, Ophiolatry On A Hemocite Platter ftw.

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
October 16th 2008


17920 Comments


you mean lame enough for the despised icon-ers!



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