Review Summary: It kind of leaves you tired out at the end. The album is enjoyable, but kind of hard to listen to start to finish. (original score 3.5, changed later)
Belgian deathgrind band Aborted is back quickly after their release of Termination Redux
a few months back. Here in April we have the release of Retrogore
. On my search of things heavier than the typical death metal and deathcore band out there, I found myself looking forward to this release.
This album is noticably paced extremely well. Unlike the typical deathgrind band, Aborted don’t try to blast your face off 100% of the time. There are moments where the drums slow down from their blast beats, and the guitars become more chuggy and slow. The title track in particular has a section where things slow down and the vocals shine.
The guest vocal spots on this album are really what make Retrogore
more special than it would be. Julien Truchan of Benighted
is featured on track 3, Cadaverous Banquet
. Divine Impediment
, track 7, features Travis Ryan of Cattle Decapitation
(one of my personal favorite vocalists of all time). Being a HUGE fan of Cattle’s last album The Anthropocene Extinction
, this was exciting to me. His part is extremely noticeable, and his voice is so easily recognizable. The exciting part is they have him do the layered gutterals and higher screams. That was always one of the best parts of Cattle songs.
Another interesting touch on this album was the clips they use from movies and such. Scattered throughout the album are clips of dialogue describing gory or creepy things. It gives the album an underlying layer of depth that makes it feel like the songs are coming from real people’s minds. Specifically the intro to track 9, The Mephitic Conundrum
actually gives you chills to listen to, especially in headphones. There’s a stereo sound of a machete sweeping across a concrete floor. The atmosphere is especially creepy.
Overall this album is good. It takes a lot from a deathgrind band to keep me interested, and this album had a hard time doing so. I found that the gutteral vocals are more boring than the mids, and some of the tracks tend to blend together, because of the speed and repetitiveness of the style of music. It kind of leaves you tired out at the end. The album is enjoyable, but kind of hard to listen to start to finish.
EDIT: I am enjoying this album more than I did when I first listened to it, and wrote this review. I was having a bad day that day, but upon listening more, I realized that this record is actually worth a lot more than I gave it credit for. I will leave everything else as is, but change the rating outside of the review.
Pros: Mid-range vocals, Travis Ryan feature, pacing
Cons: Travis Ryan didn’t have enough time, repetitiveness, blending
Recommended Tracks: Retrogore, Divine Impediment, From Beyond (The Grave), Coven of Ignorance