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Aborted - The Necrotic Manifesto Award winner

The Necrotic Manifesto
by Daniel Fox at 14 April 2014, 5:36 PM

Brutal Death Metal is a genre that I have becoming growingly appreciative of in recent times, thanks to the discovery of bands such as AMPUTATED, DEMILICH and, of course, ABORTED. If it wasn't enough to be impressed by 2012's "Global Flatline", "The Necrotic Manifesto" is soon to be released, a new album once again produced by wizard Jacob Hansen.  Essentially, it is a step up from the 2012 release in every single way.

"The Extirpation Agenda" breaks open the slaying with one of the most aggressive and fast openers I have ever heard. Songs like this are why I commend the band on making truly 'interesting' Death Metal, as opposed to what may be construed as sonic nonsense; at the very least, if you like a little grind in with your BEHEMOTH; sating half of our lust for unbridled ferocity, and the other half for surgical riff precision. The title track is brandished upon a steamrolling machine of blast beats and double-kicks that push the limits of human motor capacity, but will meaningfully drag itself down to a pace that drowns one in seething, organic power.

"Coffin Upon Coffin" is a tasteful display of diversity, standing tall on a precipice of Thrashiness and hints at some Melodic Death. The riffs on this track are evocative of a band that takes their musicality incredibly seriously, whom pride themselves over song-based Death Metal, as opposed to writing the goriest tracks imaginable. That is the main reason I admire the band; the creation of Death Metal that is pure, and transcends stereotypes. "Cenobites" is perhaps the greatest creation on this album. Kick-started by atmosphere-evoking guitars, a different kind of unrelenting wrath is channeled through intricate and mind-blowing riff arrangement, creating equilibrated patterns between heaviness and speed.

With an album like this, ABORTED's growing fame comes as no surprise, and may well become a figurehead for the genre in the future.

5 Star Rating

1. Six Feet of Foreplay
2. The Extirpation Agenda
3. Necrotic Manifesto
4. An Enumeration of Cadavers
5. Your Entitlement Means Nothing
6. The Davidian Deceit
7. Coffin Upon Coffin
8. Chronicles of Detruncation
9. Sade & Libertine Lunacy
10. Die Verzweiflung
11. Excremental Veracity
12. Purity of Perversion
13. Of Dead Skin & Decay
14. Cenobites
Sven De Caluwe – Vocals
Danny Tunker – Guitars
Mendel Bij De Leik – Guitars
JB Van Der Wal – Bass
Ken Bedene – Drums
Record Label: Century Media


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