Abhorrence (FIN)
Abhorrence


3.5
great

Review

by ffs USER (56 Reviews)
August 3rd, 2023 | 11 replies


Release Date: 1990 | Tracklist


If you think about it (maybe not too hard), listening to death metal is to consider the duality of man. On one hand, the genre's ghastly lyrics and abrasive aesthetic style relate a sense of the misery that mankind inflicts on itself and will continue to do so until total extinction. Simultaneously it is a morbid affirmation of life in all of its desperate transcience like no other, attesting to the fragile triumph of our humble existence through the ancient medium of riffs.

Abhorrence were a band with riffs just about as ancient as death metal riffs come, after forming in 1989 they released two demos the following year to ultimately limited recognition before disbanding until a solid 2018 comeback EP (which also flew under the radar). Despite this, the band's influence can be traced throughout what is even today still a very important scene in death metal canon.

The filth and gloom associated with the Finnish sound materialises almost immediately here in first song proper "Pestilential Mists", which introduces the cutting guitar tone - as if the band had heard that patented buzzsaw sound from their neighbouring Swedes, thought it was pretty cool, and resolved to make it even more crude and demented. Withering tremolo riffs and icy treble reminiscent of the works of Depravity feature prominently in "Disintegration of Flesh". The hefty low end and traces of punk sensibilities in "Holy Laws of Pain" could easily have it mistaken for a Convulse track. "Caught in a Vortex" opens with examples of the cold leads and lumbering tempos that foreshadow the notable Finnish contribution to the darker side of doom metal. Even 38 second intro track "The Cult" indicates a typically Finnish inclination towards immersive qualities with its prickly synths, bell tolls and demonic snarls. The vocal performance throughout Abhorrence is remarkably deep and monstrous for 1990, no doubt something taken note of by the likes of Demilich as they pushed the envelope (and diaphragm) of vocal performance to extremes rarely matched even today.

Luckily for us future-dwelling plebs, Abhorrence's influential early material can be heard in its entirety on the Completely Vulgar compilation which includes both this self-titled release and the marginally inferior Vulgar Necrolaty. If you need to think about mankind's cursed existence in such callow terms as good and evil, or you just want some ***in raw brain crushing death metal, listen to Abhorrence.



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ffs
August 3rd 2023


6228 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

dedicated to park, may he rise again

AsleepInTheBack
Staff Reviewer
August 3rd 2023


10225 Comments


where is park what he do

Also pos

ffs
August 3rd 2023


6228 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

nothing, he just tends to go inactive for a while after a period of extreme manicposting

AsleepInTheBack
Staff Reviewer
August 3rd 2023


10225 Comments


Ah, phew, thought (feared) he got banned again. park praise be where art thou.

NightOnDrunkMountain
Contributing Reviewer
August 3rd 2023


655 Comments


A hell of a release

Azazzel
August 3rd 2023


937 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

very Finnish, very good

Hyperion1001
Emeritus
August 3rd 2023


26063 Comments


rules

Hawks
August 3rd 2023


88356 Comments


Idk how/why I haven't heard this yet.

Galbador
August 4th 2023


427 Comments


Ho is this guy do it nowww m/;)

Hawks
August 4th 2023


88356 Comments


Abhorrmence

ItsTheSquirrel
March 30th 2024


868 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Saw these guys live last night and they still got it



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