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Judge Me Not
Released: 1999, self-released
Reviewer: Nathan Robinson
Well despite the name of this disc, I am going to spill my thoughts. And you know, I really hate giving bad reviews to bands that do not necessarily deserve it, but this CD really does nothing for me. I mean it’s really not that bad, but it’s also nothing new. When I listen to this CD, I think “opening band”. Never have I been thrilled by opening bands at concerts, mainly because they always seem to lack originality. And the same is true here. Abortus play a cross between midpaced classic death metal, and more modern midpaced thrash. Looking at the CD, I wasn’t expecting this. So I guess it goes to show a book cannot be judged by its cover. Although the songwriting and skills of the musicians are up to par with some more established bands, the riffs just seem recycled. And the vocals seem out-of-place with the music…they are perhaps a little too deathlike. In fact they somewhat remind me of Peter of Hypocrisy. One thing I do admire is the production, which is pretty crisp and clear, with every instrument coming through well.
I don’t know who would be interested in this album, but you should definitely hear it first. Where the band is heading, I have no idea. But with some serious brainstorming and creativity, something special could emanate from the band in the future. I just think they need to do something different in order to stand out. Younger metal fans may eat this stuff up. But experienced metalheads are likely to ignore them. Perhaps if Abortus were more extreme they might be more appealing. I mean extreme as in heaviness, not speed or gory lyrics. Maybe Abortus should get a second guitarist, some ultra-distortion, and bring the drums up in the mix while keeping them natural sounding at the same time. In this case keep the vocals the way they are, but add more sick variety. If this stuff was as sludgy as Illdisposed or Crowbar, then they may be getting somewhere.
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