Just under a decade into their career, and Belgian Gore gods Aborted have unleashed what is sure to be their breakthrough opus. I haven’t seen a piece of press on this release yet that did not make reference to Carcass’ Heartwork album (it’s funny, I distinctly remember being the only one on the planet who had anything nice to say about that record when it came out, with everyone screaming sell out, and the band even being barraged with beer bottles and booed off stage in Chicago for not playing anything from their first two albums, but now it’s cool), and I can’t really disagree. Huge steps have been taken towards melody, feel, and groove, and they’ve apparently fallen in love with the breakdown, but the band still manage to retain nearly all of their relentless Gore-soaked brutality. Vocally, Sven De Caluwe has incorporated a crispy, more understandable, Jeff Walkeresque snarl to compliment his guttural growls, and I think that’s where a lot of these Heartwork comparisons are coming from. The production is fucking immaculate! In fact, listening to this disc, I’m tempted to say this is the best overall production an Extreme Metal album has ever featured. I understand your skepticism, but I’d sure like to hear your arguments. In short, believe all the hype. While I’m still partial to the classic Engineering the Dead album, time will most likely reveal The Archaic Abattoir to be Aborted’s finest moment.
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