|Review: Aborted - Strychnine.213|
Label: Century Media
Year released: 2008
Genre: Death Metal
Review online: January 31, 2010
Reviewed by: Christopher Foley
Opinions are clearly divided about this Aborted release. The fanboys are up in arms due to the fact that they've reduced the grind/brutality factor, whereas the more open-minded or non-brutal/grind fans (delete as applicable) appreciate the changes made to their sound. I'm sure those of you familiar with my reviews will easily see which side I fall into. I mean come on, how satisfying can it be grinding right through your career – there's only so much that can be done with the genre. However that's not to say this album is devoid of brutality – quite the contrary.
First things first, there is still a shitload of blast-beating to be had. Strychnine.213 still stands as a punishing experience, and compared to their earlier work they've added a lot more in the way of melody and the riffs have gotten a lot better (although still absolutely filthy – the good kind of filth of course). The best comparison to another band I can give would be: imagine the bastard child of Symphonies of Sickness and Heartwork with a light seasoning of Swansong (if you didn't know they were Carcass releases, stand in the corner). That's not to say this is unoriginal, the comparison remains true in style and arrangement only – plagiarism is seldom seen throughout.
Overall this is a furious release with a healthy injection of melodic guitar work, some excellent solos and exciting arrangements keep this interesting. However there are a few bad moments – especially the part in "Pestiferous Subterfuge" where Sven unleashes his best Anders Friden impression. For the most part this is good fun, not something I'd listen to everyday but perfect after that bad day at work.
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