Released: 2016, Century Media
Reviewer: Metal-Rules.com UK Team
Sometimes the anniversaries just creep up on you. But in this quick-turnover world most, if not all, of them are worth celebrating. In this case 2015 marked 20 years of Belgian death metallers Aborted and, well, we’re always one to throw the horns up for anyone making making a noise for a living work for so long.
It’s also proven a good excuse for Aborted to knock out a celebratory EP ahead of an upcoming new album, their first since 2014’s THE NECROTIC MANIFESTO. Discounting 90s film quoting intro ‘Liberate Me Ex Inferis’, it’s a short and far from sweet burst of three new ones and a re-recording of 2001 track ‘The Holocaust Re-Incarnate’. It’s enough to get the juices flowing, the neck muscles limbered up, but not to spoil your appetite before the new long one drops. Clever them.
For something that’s now 15 years old ‘The Holocaust Re-Incarnate’ isn’t too difficult about sitting nicely with its younger siblings. It comes on in an absolute fury, but slows pace and plays the second half with the heaviness of pouring concrete. Whilst the guitars write their name in it. It makes it a pretty effective closer in comparison to its three throttle heavy younger brothers and the re-recording slightly refreshes it without changing it. Like a really subtle makeover.
Make no mistake ‘Termination Redux’, groovier ‘Vestal Disfigurement Upon The Sacred Chantry’ and bouncy grindcore number ‘Bound In Acrimony’ are all about not letting up. And yet somehow are all beautifully put together. It may be loud, those growls may be harsh, the drums may sound like Bedene is about to piston his feet through the floor, but it’s like that for a reason. And sat next to ‘The Holocaust Re-Incarnate’ you get just a little peek at the band’s evolution, which seems to be built around doing it louder, doing it faster, doing it harder.
An EP like this serves multiple audiences - Don’t know Aborted? Try this. Haven’t listened to them in years? Hear old and new together. Love them? Get your ears around some new stuff then. And unlike some people if you like what you hear you won’t have to wait long for your next intake. Happy bloody birthday Aborted.
Review by Kirsty Birkett-Stubbs