Aborted
Global Flatline


3.5
great

Review

by zrodion USER (2 Reviews)
February 5th, 2012 | 23 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: With this release Aborted prove that it is a little too early for a coroner's report on the band to come out.

It is not easy creating a good deathgrind album. You need to execute compositions at finger-blistering speeds while always maintaining a strong songwriting structure. Breakdowns and solos get squeesed to a virtual non-existence and if your riffs don't hold up to your speed, all you will end up with is a mediocre fast-paced death release. You have to think back to Fear of Napalm, third track from Terrorizer's stellar debut as a standard for generations to come: instantly groovy, brutal and fast.

When Aborted hit me over the head with this riffcraft carrier of an album I needed a long lie down to recuperate. Every track was memorable, different and above everything else - catchy. Guitars' level of distortion is perfect for this genre, they are sticking to you like gooey rotting zombie flesh in the inferno of nuclear apocalypse. Drums storm you with a wall of assault rifles precision. It's the SWAT team, cleansing the aftermath of the apocalypse. On occasional tracks you will even get a grenade explosion effect - I swear, a couple more listens and I will only be able to play this record pressed against a wall in the corner of a room with a rifle in my lap, oggling the window and the door expecting a pack of flesh-hungry zombies to break in at any moment.

Aborted do something rare for metal scene here - they have guest vocalists from bands Benighted, The Black Dahlia Murder, Rotten Sound and Misery Index on four tracks. I know this from the internet, because honestly, I never would have spotted them myself, despite the fact that I love and regularly rock out to all of these bands. You could blame my inept hearing, but a big part of the reason here is that Aborted's own frontman Sven de Caluwe has an impressive range and goes from ripping screams to low-pitch growls in a blink of an eye. To the extent that the whole album feels like it is performed by two vocalists and when the next guest growler does appear on a track my mind simply goes "well that is just another of Svencho's pitches".

While their immediate partners in crime Misery Index keep a steady foot in reality with occupy wall street and kill all thieves approach, Aborted stick to the tried and true gore aesthetics. It is no joke that one of the catchiest songs on Global Flatline is called Fecal Forgery immediately followed by Of Scabs and Boils. With the cover art, intro track and occasional gorey quote inserts you won't have to go a long way to imagine this as a sort of a concept album with the main themes being putrefaction, malignant ooze and global eredicating decay. The world as we know it is flatlining on us! Quick grab the pedals! Thank god we have Aborted to shock it back into life.


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Anthracks
February 5th 2012


3774 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

This album is decent

Digging: Ariel Pink - Pom Pom

ValeriusTheImmortal
February 5th 2012


1237 Comments


only heard one album by these guys and it was just ok, not sure if i care to check anymore of them out

pos anyway

zrodion
February 5th 2012


7 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

ValeriusTheImmortal, this is much better then their previous outings. The band has clearly evolved to greatness.

ValeriusTheImmortal
February 5th 2012


1237 Comments


this is just passable to me at best. some parts i like some i dont. the overuse of melody and some of these solos just isn't sitting well with me, these guys are supposed to be brutal death/grind but this album comes across as not only generic but aimed at the same crowd that digs melodeath, pretty much like goremageddon, the other one i heard.

goremageddon was more brutal than this and less accessible, but even that was just passable. this is going a bit too far into mainstream. ill give them a 3/5 just cuz its executed well and isn't abs shit but this isn't that great to me.

ITsHxCTOASTER
February 5th 2012


2494 Comments


This is like... good but not one bit better than just good

jayfatha
February 5th 2012


2882 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I like this but woah that rating

VisionsFromTheDarkSide
February 5th 2012


1904 Comments


I definitely need to check this out, good review

Digging: The Hotelier - Home, Like NoPlace Is There

Raz0rGrind23
February 6th 2012


425 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

From what I've heard on this album, shit kills. Gonna pick this puppy up

CakeWithCream
February 14th 2012


1029 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

this album has stellar tracks, good tracks, and bland tracks, Sven is an amazing vocalist though. The guitar work isn't too shabby either.

Raz0rGrind23
February 22nd 2012


425 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The 'Nailed Through Her Cunt' re-visited track on the digipack is excellent.

chug73
March 18th 2012


1216 Comments


Album slays. Aborted have always had some melody thrown in there, it's why I dig them. Heavy as fuck and melody can exist
together nicley.

linguist2011
Contributing Reviewer
April 28th 2012


1913 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is a good album, albeit very lengthy one. Three or four tracks less and the album would have been much better in my opinion, especially as some of the riffs tend to repeat themselves. Nonetheless, what is a high-point in any aborted album is the very precise guitar work and ferocious drums, which contribute to some of the band's best songs on this album in particular. Certainly one of their better albums in the last three or four years.

Digging: Obliterations - Poison Everything

Shuyin
May 6th 2012


11950 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

up'd my rating, album rules hard.

chug73
May 6th 2012


1216 Comments


So you should

TreeOfLifeMusic
May 9th 2012


12 Comments


Great album

FrozenVain
May 11th 2012


2468 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Shit is fuckin' sweet...

DeadGuy
August 21st 2012


405 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I never heard anything by this band except for "The Purity Of Perversion." So i don't really have anything to compare it to, but this shit is real good.

Digging: The Smith Street Band - Throw Me in the River

SepticReAnimate
December 9th 2012


185 Comments


strong review brother

demigod!
December 9th 2012


44939 Comments


ooh sweet new Aborted, will have to check

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Shuyin
December 9th 2012


11950 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yea



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