I was a fan of Aborym in their early days, particularly back when they had Attila Csihar (Mayhem/Tormentor) on vocals. Attila has such an evil voice that he can make even the most generic Black Metal sound unique and absolutely twisted. Aborym was already working the tag of “Industrial Black Metal” back then, but that came mostly in the form of mechanized drumming and some Industrial keyboard-work. Their post-Attila output was less than stellar, but still there were parts of Psychogrotesque that I liked. This album shows Aborym pretty much ditching the traditional Black Metal sound and going for a more Goth/Industrial approach. Now, I’m fairly open-minded when it comes to expanding the Metal sound. I’ve heard bands incorporate all kinds of different music into Metal, and while most fail miserably, there are some ideas that take hold and eventually grow into their own sub-genre. What I don’t like is when bands go bat-shit crazy and start incorporating weird shit just for the sake of adding weird shit. This is what Dirty sounds like. It’s Aborym being weird just to be different. Listening to this was hard because it took multiple attempts just to figure out what the fuck was going on. In a nutshell, this is Aborym trying their best to sound like a harsher version of Nine Inch Nails. It’s all Techno beats, effects-laden guitars and vocals, oddball sound effects and keyboard stabs. The Goth crowd might find this more appealing, but longtime fans of Aborym will likely find themselves scratching their heads and wondering when Trent Reznor joined the band. Another difference between old Aborym and what’s on Dirty is the lyrical direction. Where previously their lyrics were always Satanic, there is definitely more Anarchist political rhetoric and blatantly sexual stuff on this LP. I don’t know if this is because the musical direction has changed or if it’s because the band wants to find new fans from amongst the so-called disaffected youth who want something different because they want something different. Obviously, the band wants someone to like this LP, but that someone just isn’t me. Guys, you’ve lost me. I’ll always dig the old stuff, but this new LP is just irritating.
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