Aborted
The Necrotic Manifesto


3.0
good

Review

by Jacquibim CONTRIBUTOR (63 Reviews)
May 10th, 2014 | 37 replies


Release Date: 04/28/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Another bone shattering effort from the Belgian titans

Of all the bands playing this new-school style of death metal that purport to be the wildest, heaviest and most brutal on the planet, Aborted’s claim is as valid as anyone’s. Their musical output is like a sonic companion piece to a massacre, only far more manic and with even more blood than you’d expect. As opposed to the totally boring and cliché panic of your everyday mass shooting, Aborted prefer the sound of gullets severing, teeth gnashing and bones cracking. Par Olofsson’s unmistakable artwork is rarely more appropriate than here – hacksaws, ice-picks and power drills are Aborted’s weapons of choice – as disembodied victims litter the street and the stench of putrefaction trickles through the air. You could never accuse this of being innovative or even original music, but just like a charmingly over-the-top horror film, The Necrotic Manifesto succeeds on just about every level that it needs to.

The Necrotic Manifesto begins with an amusing little sample, as delicate keys, strings and choir vocals give way the sound of people running and screaming for dear life. Evidenced by the purposely hilarious samples, you’re making a huge mistake if you intend on taking the album or its subject matter seriously. Containing aggression and brutality in droves, the album has one primary objective behind it, to be fun. The guitar work consists of the usual, fast-paced, modal riffs and tremolo picked chords that we’ve all heard before, with occasional chugging and pinch harmonics thrown in to liven up and diversify the experience. There are also a number of solos throughout the album, but they seem to operate more as releases than climaxes, none of them being particularly engaging in their own right. The vocal performance is initially impressive, but begins to grate towards the end of the album. While Svencho’s high range is as impressive as ever, the constant layering and studio trickery saps a lot of the raw energy his vocals bring. Ken Bedene’s drumming, as expected, is ridiculously fast and dexterous but not overtly expressive or infectious. There are a multitude of opportunities here for him to implement something a little left of centre, but he seems content to fall into line with the rest of the band as part of a well-oiled machine of sorts.

It’s apparent that the band works best as a collective unit, and this is reflected in the production. Though predictably brickwalled, the instruments are well balanced, each of them feeling punchy and filled out. The Necrotic Manifesto is very much an in-the-moment album as a result, with the riffs and drum patterns enjoying a larger focus than extensive song-progressions. This isn’t to say the song writing is pedestrian, however. Just like Aborted’s previous material, the song writing patterns are frenetic and varied from track to track, but only with the intention of accentuating the sonic madness of the instrumentation. “The Extripation Agenda” and “Chronicles of Detruncation” are good examples of the album’s riff-centric nature, but could be substituted with similarly appropriate examples in an album full of highlights, if truth be told. Relentless throughout, The Necrotic Manifesto borders on exhausting at times. “Die Verzweiflung” is by far the slowest track on here, and does well in breaking up the album for the sake of the listeners’ sanity. The closer “Cenobites” is the only track in which song progression is emphasised over the instrumentation, and is unsurprisingly one of the strongest and most instantly recognisable. However, the idea of Aborted shelving brutality for refinement would essentially defeat the purpose of everything they stand for. Indeed any musical ceasefires found throughout are more of an intermission for the audience than any voluntary attempt to delve into progressive territory.

Aborted’s latest effort will not change the minds of detractors or bring anything particularly new for admirers, but nevertheless should sate most peoples’ desire for carnage. Now eight full lengths into their career, the band aren’t showing any signs of creative listlessness, still more than capable of shattering skulls and pulverising internal organs. The instrumentation is unyielding, the songs are unpredictable, and overall intensity is intoxicating. The Necrotic Manifesto is not a masterpiece by any definition, but is a more than competent example of contemporary death metal.



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Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
May 10th 2014


15224 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Brutal

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CalculatingInfinity
May 10th 2014


1772 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Yay a Jac review :D

Funeralopolis
May 10th 2014


11894 Comments


correct rating

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adr
May 10th 2014


3563 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

"Belgian titans"
Hyperion review copy lol neg

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Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
May 10th 2014


15224 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Shit I've been found out !!

emester
May 10th 2014


4379 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Nice review jac. Wasn't a big fan of this album

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insanedrexl1
May 10th 2014


691 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Very good album.

Relinquished
May 10th 2014


26020 Comments


concubine cover was pree good

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
May 10th 2014


20162 Comments


sweet review Jac

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XfingTheSullen
May 10th 2014


2834 Comments


So contributors can now also get 0,1 increments? Daaaamn.

It so happens I'm Listening to this just now. It's pretty rad!

Rev
May 10th 2014


9441 Comments


i forgot this band existed

YourDarkAffected
Contributing Reviewer
May 10th 2014


1687 Comments


"So contributors can now also get 0,1 increments? Daaaamn."

I don't

menawati
Contributing Reviewer
May 10th 2014


16160 Comments


jacqui is a supercontributor with special priviliges tho.
Doubt I'll listen but rev was nice.

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Wizard
May 10th 2014


19644 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Great review buddy. Always found these guys so damn boring but I hear this is their best.

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BigPleb
May 10th 2014


38046 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

this is decent stuff wiz, all be it tiresome after about 6 tracks.

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Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
May 10th 2014


15224 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Thanks guys, dunno about this being their best but it's solid.

XfingTheSullen
May 11th 2014


2834 Comments


Jac can't give actual 3,3s though, only on the review page.

Wizard
May 11th 2014


19644 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Thanks guys, dunno about this being their best but it's solid.

I remember somebody rec'ing these guys to me cause they were Dutch goregrind (me being half Dutch thought it was cool 9-10 years ago that metal actually existed in the Netherlands hahahaha how naïve I was back then).

branflakes911
May 11th 2014


124 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Don't get it. They just haven't done anything interesting since Goremageddon. I just don't see what's compelling about this.

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Tyrael
May 11th 2014


20977 Comments


No no this is fine



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