Belgian deathgrinders ABORTED will release The Necrotic Manifesto on April 29 via Century Media Records. The forthcoming LP will be their eighth full-length release. The band’s debut record The Purity of Perversion was released back in 1999. Admittedly, I caught on a little late to these guys. Back when MySpace was a valid social media, I discovered them during their Goremageddon: The Saw and the Carnage Done era. They combine many different elements into their brand of death metal, and have always made me feel like they are a band that doesn’t care about musical boundaries. I’ve come to expect nothing less than hard hitting brutality from ABORTED over the years. The Necrotic Manifesto is the first album to feature the new guitar duo of Danny Tunker (GOD DETHRONED, SPAWN OF POSSESSION) and Mendel bij de Leij (MENDEL, SYSTEM DIVIDE). Considering ABORTED’s previous albums, they have a lot to live up to. And yes, they certainly delivered!
After a creepy sounding intro track full of samples titled “Six Feet of Foreplay,” “The Extirpation Agenda” immediately pummels you unyieldingly with blast beats and speed picked, decayed sounding guitar riffs. Giving into moments of headbang-inducing grooves, ABORTED wastes no time getting into the heavy stuff with this song. One of my favorite things about their music has always been Sven “Svencho” de Caluwé’s multi-faceted vocal approach. Yells, death growls, high screams; there is nothing he can’t do. He displays his abilities tastefully and powerfully throughout this record. The title track follows and continues the blazingly fast guitar, bass, and drum assault. The solo nearing the two minute mark is superb. It is melodic and very catchy. A favorite on this 14 track LP.
“An Enumeration of Cadavers” moves forward into the commonly gore focused realm of content for ABORTED. With catchy lyrics such as “MURDER IS SALVATION” and talking about making a human collage, it’s hard to go wrong on this one. “Your Entitlement Means Nothing” is a more grind oriented track, clocking in at 1:44. It certainly gives a swift musical “fuck you” statement. Track six, “The Davidian Deceit,” is an in your face, demonic death metal track. It is another number on The Necrotic Manifesto that features tasteful and well done guitar solo work. The insanely fast tempo song briefly gives way to a sludgy groove around 2:34, before gradually gaining speed again and coming to a close with a blasphemous sample. The seventh composition, “Coffin Upon Coffin,” is my favorite on the record. The song feels as if it has an AT THE GATES influence to it. No, I am NOT saying this is a rip-off track or a clone; it has its own identity. Overall, the song is melodic and thrashy, but it has everything. Blast beats, excellent buzz sawing guitar riffs, a fantastic guitar solo, varying tempos, groove, the list goes on. It really is perfect to my ears, and one of my new all-time favorite ABORTED tracks.
Around the halfway mark in the album sits “Chronicles of Detruncation.” As with most ABORTED songs, and as the title of this one suggests, this could certainly be the soundtrack to a killer hacking up a victim. I could see the sick ritual being set up during the first two minutes, the blade edging ever so close during the guitar solo, then relentless hacking with blood and entrails flying everywhere during the galloping section that immediately follows until the end. “Sade & Libertine Lunacy” showcases some of the best vocal work and drumming on the album. A must listen! Track ten is titled “Die Verzwieflung” and translates to “The Despair” in English. It is a very fitting title given the speed and atmosphere of this composition. Comparatively speaking, it is an overall slower tempo song, given the insane speeds that make up the norm for ABORTED. “Excremental Veracity” ramps the album back to that break neck speed, very thrashy in nature. Be sure to listen for the odd vocal effects throughout this one. Very weird and cool stuff going on!
“Purity of Perversion” shares the same title as their debut full-length. It does in fact give somewhat of an old school ABORTED feel. The track comes across to me as homage to the ABORTED of old, while still executing in the way the current version of the band does so well. “Of Dead Skin & Decay” is jam packed with great riffs. It comes across to me as the most sinister song on the album. Sure, the record is full of evil anthems, but this one just feels a little more twisted than those before it. “Cenobites” is the longest track on The Necrotic Manifesto at 5:28, and closes out the record. While their sheer brutality always shines through, this song seems to create the most atmosphere on the LP. The guitars are often gloomy and menacing, and the long ending guitar solo section is grotesquely gorgeous. Death metal and grindcore fans, put this one on your listening radar for 2014. You won’t be let down.
STANDOUT TRACKS: “The Extirpation Agenda”, “Necrotic Manifesto”, “Coffin Upon Coffin”, “Sade & Libertine Lunacy”, “Of Dead Skin and Decay”
WRITTEN BY ERIC THE BULL