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Album Review

Gore-themed, speed-obsessed death metal in the year 2003? Songs about rotting flesh and botched medical procedures? Yes, Aborted is treading on familiar ground with its third full-length, Goremageddon, but the band could obviously care less. It gives off the impression that playing another kind of music — say, one without disgusting song titles and constantly pummeling guitars and drums — is out of the question. But like fellow "-ed" bands Exhumed and Impaled, Aborted approaches the genre with a mix of sarcasm, seriousness, and songwriting smarts that allow the group to pull it off, in spite of how worn-out the whole premise is. Aborted attacks with the ferociousness of a good hardcore band, but the group also knows how to write riffs that stand out and draw the listener in amid the 300 bpm drumbeats. Meanwhile, the grotesque, dive-bombing guitar solo on "The Saw & the Carnage Done" shows the band's expertise in yet another crucial category for bands in the gore metal field. In the grand scheme of things, Goremageddon is not essential, but it is well done and entertaining enough to recommend to fans of the genre.

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Aborted at their Very Best

When I payed £26 for this album (together with it's follow up, The Archaic Abattoir) I thought, "Well this better live up to the dent it's just put into my wallet". But an album like this is worth any amount of money you spend on it, even if the CD you bought along with it turned out to be not quite as amazing. Why is this? Well for me, it's one of the handful of albums I know of and own that displays the death metal sound in the perfect way that I as the listener want to hear it. This includes excellent execution from the musicians, and an excellent overall production to give this desired sound from the album as well as guitar, bass and drum tones, along with the other small parts that make an excellent album including artwork, lyrics that make sense, and consistency that doesn't bore the listener. Goremageddon manages to capture all of these elements and delivers the goods in a blood soaked package, making it an absolute treat to listen to.

The production on this album is one of the best you can find in terms of death metal albums, with the vocals, drums and guitars never drowning out one another, though the bass can be a struggle to hear at times, you'll still be able to hear it clinking behind the instruments most of the time in the same style of Alex Webster's bass parts in most Cannibal Corpse songs. I really like the guitar tone Aborted have used for this album, it's just like the chainsaw tone used by many of the old Swedish death metal bands, only with that extra thickness that lets it fill out the sound without being too bass sounding. The vocals are on top form, Sven shouting, snarling, growling and grunting like he normally does, though with not a lot of annunciation as ever, is helped tremendously by the production making him sound so much better than he has on any album before and after this release. The drums are always exciting to listen to, as they always fit into the song structure but improvise with the rest of the kit as well so as not to sound like bog standard drums from any mediocre death metal release.

This album is excellent at pushing the envelope in crystal clear brutality with some melodic, but still pretty headbangable, songs, such as A Meticulous Invagination, The Saw And The Carnage Done, and Clinical Colostomy, with the rest of the songs which more or less following a similar aim of shooting adrenaline through the listener's ears. There will be the occasional slowing down of tempo for a solo, sample and even good (non deathcore) sounding breakdowns, but the songs normally stick to pounding the ears, and they do it in the best fashion possible. The lyrics are an interesting read and are very well written, with the main subject being about serial killers, psychopathy, and gore in general. As with a lot of Aborted material, it's very mixed Carcass sounding, and as we all know, you can't have too much Carcass (fittingly enough, this album also features a near identical sounding cover of Carnal Forge).

In my opinion, Goremageddon is Aborted's best album yet, with the material they have released afterwards not really being able to touch it (though Slaughter & Apparatus is still a very good album as well). If you plan only getting one Aborted album for your collection, make sure it's this one, as you will not be disappointed with it one bit.

aborted

now thats what i call death metal!!!!!!!!!!

Biography

Formed: 1995 in Belgium

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s

With a name like Aborted, it doesn't take a genius to file a band into the realm of grindcore; but since being formed in 1995 by vocalist Sven de Caluwé (aka Gurgloroth Sven), these Belgians have broken through stylistic limitations to also meddle in straightforward death metal and other metallic forms. So many musicians have moved through Aborted's ranks, however, that quorum enough for a first demo (the highly praised The Necrotorous Chronicles) was only achieved in 1998, after which a pair of...
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