Aborted - Retrogore
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Out of curiosity, a few months ago, I decided to try Aborted’s new EP, Termination Redux. They were one of the first death metal bands I got into, but after a few misses and Global Flatline, I stopped following them until the cover of the EP caught my eye, mindlessly scrolling through Facebook. I was really happy that I checked it out. I thought Termination Redux was as awesome as I remembered the band being, which got me excited for this full length. In short, am I satisfied? Hell yeah.
The start of “Dellamorte Dellamore” had me perplexed, but as the tone started to shift midway through the 50 second intro, the internal fire started raging. The title track comes out of the gate at full speed, and the album never really slows down. I usually have a problem with albums like this because I get exhausted and never again have that need to put it back on, but either through varied riffs and pacing, Sven de Caluwé’s range, or ventures into different genres - moments of “Whoremageddon” sound like they’d be at home on a beatdown album, and “Divine Impediment” is mostly a modern black metal song - Retrogore keeps itself surprisingly interesting.. The audio clips are incorporated well, especially on “Bit by Bit,” and it doesn’t feel like an afterthought - the best comparison I can make is to Graf Orlock’s Destination Time… trilogy.
My only complaint is more of personal preference, rather than a criticism: Sven’s lows aren’t my cup of tea. They sound hollow, and lack power compared to his other vocals on this album. Other vocalists have the same vocals or style, and it usually turns me off to the band entirely. Is there bias because this was one of my first death metal bands? I don’t think so, but I can’t rule it completely out.
The album is great, there's no denying it. If you’re not particularly a fan of one song, just wait ’til the next one starts rolling. While the album doesn’t span every genre of heavy music, I’d be shocked if someone said that there isn’t ANYTHING on this album to like.