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Aborted The Archaic Abattoir

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01. Dead Wreckoning 02. Blood Fixing The Bled MP3 03. Gestated Rabidity 04. Hecatomb 05. The Gangrenous Epitaph 06. The Inertia 07. A Cold Logistic Slaughter 08. Threading On Vermillion Deception 09. Voracious Haemoglobinic Syndrome 10. Descend To Extirpation
2005 Olympic Recordings
Our score 8

by Michael Gluck
6/3/2005

When a once-untouchable, murderous thrash band like The Haunted begin incorporating hardcore chants, lyrics, and slow, tired grooves as they did on their most recent disaster "Revolver," it single-handedly ruins the reputation it took them over a decade (some as members of At The Gates) to create. However, seeing as Aborted come from a much darker place musically and thematically, very little can be done to disentangle them from the gore-grind scene which birthed them, and so the unexpected solos and breakdowns newly present on The Archaic Abattoir add the kind of pizzazz that bands are best advised to gradually include if growing recognition is what they seek. This is no overnight transformation into a digestible commodity as in The Haunted's case, just a very skilled group of Belgian musicians eager to prove they have grace, in addition to their austerity. Aborted have indeed made their next big creative leap, this time from the 2003 trend-setting Goremageddon, freshly incorporating subtle, melodic guitar hooks not unlike Carcass' efforts of making early grind more epic by infusing melody at timely moments. And also much like Carcass on their epic Heartwork, Aborted flaunt their newfound melodic forays early on, launching two of the first three tracks, "Dead Wreckoning" and "Gestated Rabidity," with a catchiness not before seen from Aborted and rarely seen in the gore-grind scene. Tasteful harmonies layered over a synonymously-timed bottom-end, as in "Voracious Haemoglobinic Syndrome," serve to bridge the gap between the grind verses which speed by like the naked wafers under a chocolate-coating machine at a Belgian biscuit factory. The grandest traditional solo was saved for last, as the already double lead-driven "Descend To Extirpation" deviates even further into classic metal territory for the solo, which is intelligently inserted midway through, giving them the rest of the song to grind for a minute and then blast out one more intense verse before ending with an evil outtro. While undoubtedly their most drastic departure from the relentless grind delivered to us on 1999's The Purity Of Perversion and 2001's Engineering The Dead, the approach to modernizing grind and death metal adopted by Aborted on The Archaic Abattoir still remains mainly extreme, abounding with unpredictable time signatures and flawless stopping and starting. Tue Madsen's engineering and production of this album are worthy of much praise, as the immediately noticeable clarity of both the razor sharp guitars and, contrastingly, the wildly active drums, creates a rich final product that should be listened to for these merits alone. Bottom Line: As the popularity of the gore-grind style increases, aided in no small part by slightly more progressive albums like The Archaic Abattoir, dedicated bands like Aborted will now have to work twice as hard to keep up with the growing demand for live performances and on par albums. This is the time in which Aborted are blooming, and the metal scene (from top to bottom) just got a lot more interesting with the arrival of The Archaic Abattoir. While this album may potentially alienate the most extreme (and thus most closed-minded) grind fan, the majority who pick it up will be blown away.

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deadwithfear_ 6/3/2005 11:04:31 AM

fisrt


vegans_taste_good_ 6/3/2005 11:36:36 AM

good band, good cd, screw the haters yo


truthsayer_ 6/3/2005 11:52:35 AM

Gore-Grind is usually not good music. Aborted should be using their talent to write something more interesting.


BURZUM_ 6/3/2005 12:46:58 PM

^ more interesting? like what? maybe we should be telling shitty metalcore bands to be more interesting instead... it's music, not a freakin circus or GWAR for that matter...


ghetto_paul_ 6/3/2005 1:08:52 PM

good album.


retch_ 6/3/2005 1:16:12 PM

"As the popularity of the gore-grind style increases"? theyre not a goregrind band. this cd is good though


perfectpatientADHDkid_ 6/3/2005 1:23:13 PM

havent really heard. might check out


rob_mcfeters_ 6/3/2005 1:23:49 PM

i love this album. good review.


David Nash_ 6/3/2005 1:39:46 PM

I bought "Goremageddon" last week and fell in love with. Its been in my cd rotation since.. Can't wait to hear the new stuff! Definitely not pure gore-grind.. maybe influenced, but I hear everything from straight up metal, hardcore to grind. It reminds me alot of what Cephalic Carnage are doing..


jt_ 6/3/2005 2:25:32 PM

have never been a grindcore or a goregrind band. aborted is a death metal band. goregrind... um... NO. having gore lyrics does not make you goregrind.


hxcobd_ 6/3/2005 2:35:40 PM

Good disc, good death metal band. Yes, death metal. Not goregrind.


Trauma_ 6/3/2005 2:36:37 PM

I f*cking love this CD. And almost everything else Aborted has done.


anonymous 6/3/2005 2:50:42 PM

the unearth of death metal


XOmeletX_ 6/3/2005 2:58:32 PM

Stop saying "goregrind."


anonymous 6/3/2005 3:04:39 PM

GOREGRIND :D


goregrind_ 6/3/2005 3:29:35 PM

Aborted's roots - though obviously in goregrind - do stray from the goregrind path. While goregrind may be an important element in aborted's sound (whcih definitely emphasizes some grinding passages of gore), they often move to other sounds outside of the goregrind template to death metal, thrash, even hardcore - all a far cry from the goregrind elements that make up part of their grinding gorish grind goregrind sound. Grind and gore are important goregrind elements in the goregrind spectrum,


SMokeOutLoud_ 6/3/2005 4:21:08 PM

nice work. now go review "Vancouver". ahhhhhh jun-jun-jun-jun


dutchstep_ 6/3/2005 11:24:56 PM

this album isn't that great.


Mike Gluck_ 6/4/2005 12:14:15 AM

Aborted definitely started out as goregrind and were even still to a degree on their last album, and not just because of the lyrics. I should know because I own all their albums, you only download them, fruits.


Nick_ 6/4/2005 2:25:00 AM

Can someone classify gore-grind for me? I don't get it. You hear all these words like 'splatter', 'gore' etc. etc. with a '-grind' on the end and they're meant to be any different from straight up grind bands?


XomeletX_ 6/4/2005 4:09:51 AM

"Goregrind" means "grind isn't usually as good as other grind so they make up for it by writing songs about killing stuff in a violent manner." And this isn't even grind, it's death metal. And it's subpar at that.


xRYBREADx_ 6/4/2005 12:34:42 PM

yeah, they're old stuff is more grindy... hence I didn't dig it as much. But Goremageddon really showed them maturing as a band. A lot of people hated on this album and when I finally got a chance to sit down and listen to it, I personally enjoyed it. I agree with the score, although maybe not quite as good as Goremageddon as that had some monster production (I wish the guitars were a bit higher in the mix, vocals a tad lower). But I think if they continue to progress as they have here they'


matt_ 6/5/2005 12:20:36 PM

its dying fetus 2


xpissangelx_ 6/6/2005 11:32:17 AM

you're a moron stop reviewing albums 1. aborted is a death metal band 2. they always had breakdowns but they were death metal breakdowns 3. they always had solos 4. you probably listen to cradle of filth


Ash_ 6/6/2005 4:18:53 PM

"Goregrind" means "grind isn't usually as good as other grind so they make up for it by writing songs about killing stuff in a violent manner." And this isn't even grind, it's death metal. And it's subpar at that. posted by XomeletX (gljfhgkjh@iudksjdhg.com) on 6/4/2005 4:09:51 AM Shut the f*ck up!!!


Coley Thrash_ 6/6/2005 11:49:49 PM

You are all a bunch of f*cking morons. If any of you are truly fans of Aborted and took the time out to listen to ANYTHING prior to Goremageddon you would know that they used to be a straight up f*cking Goregrind band. In the vein of Devourment, Brodequin, Disgorge, etc. So before you start bashing the reviewer do your f*cking homework.


Natas-101_ 6/7/2005 10:39:58 AM

Honestly, I don't understand why Lambgoat cannot review any good bands, what is this shit?


har_har_ 6/9/2005 11:24:14 PM

I got an idea, why don't we all argue over definitions on different types of music, dipshits!


Robo Jmo_ 6/12/2005 7:06:57 PM

Basically this cd owns, everything about this cd is amazing, high recommend u get it today/ now


kolt45dizzle_ 6/22/2005 12:36:41 AM

this cd is literally amazing! i was very much impressed Goremagedon still rules though! sorry about spelling


slice.your.face_ 11/18/2005 6:44:11 AM

this album rocks hard. i think it appeals to a much wider audience than most death


fuck_ 4/2/2008 6:53:01 AM

does anyone f*cking know musical genres anymore? jesus christ. this isnt grind or goregrind. please go use google or something and know wtf you are talking about.


ihateemo123_ 10/10/2008 10:19:03 PM

regardless of what genre this album falls under, its good, so f*ckin check it out.