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Released: 2010, Season of Mist
Franco-Scandinavian black metallers, Aborym, return with their fifth full-length offering and the sequel to 2006's well-received GENERATOR. Given the praise afforded the organic atmospherics of that record, it's somewhat ironic to find the trio - boasting former Emperor drummer, Bard "Faust" Eithun, amongst it's membership - resurrecting wholesale the industrial/techno influences of their early days. But so they do and the results are a mixed bag.
Not shy in announcing their intentions to go leftfield, the awkward cacophony of the album opener underlines this in bold, before the band get properly down to business. Black metal of the necro variety remains their primary weapon of choice, but rarely do they allow PSYCHOGROTESQUE to follow any one particular tone. Instead everything from saxophone through to spates of Bauhaus-esque clean singing through to full-blown EBM crescendos is tossed in along the way, lending to the record sounding particularly schizophrenic for the first half in particular.
By the album's mid-point however, Aborym sound a distinctly more settled - hinting at the powerhouse unit past successes have proven them to be. Where minutes earlier, the material sounded pieced together, an especially poignant closing act, boosts the overall product tremendously - though not quite enough to make this worthy of more than selective inspection.
Malfeitor Fabban - Vocals, bass, keyboards
Hell:I0:Kabbalus - Guitars, keyboards
Bard G. "Faust" Eithun - Drums
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