Belgian death metal nasties just get better and better

Aborted is one of those modern death metal bands I have been watching grow from afar.

I like to consider myself more of an early death metal enthusiast, bands like Obituary, Death, Morbid Angel and of course, Cannibal Corpse. I think it has given me some kind of distance to the newer bands that I am only starting to check out in the last few years, much to my own detriment I must say.

But, once I like something I dig in, so I have been blasting this band since their 2012 album Global Flatline. Retrogore opens with the now standard intro instrumental track, sounding like a scratchy old record, settling into an uneasy comfort for the coming onslaught. The first song proper ‘Retrogore’ comes slashing out from the get go, all blast beats and heavy guitars. Band leader Sven de Caluwé is on top form, letting all kinds of different vocalisations out, from the deepest death growls to border edge clean vocals in the chorus, and this is why he is one of my current crop of favourite vocalists.

And this is the album in a nutshell, a brilliant ride through some brilliant death metal. This has to be the best album released by the band yet: best played, written and produced. Broken up excellently by some guest vocalist spots that don’t feel forced or lumped in at all, the highlight being Travis Ryan (Cattle Decapitation) on ‘Divine Impediment’. There is plenty of great guitar solos and the drumming courtesy of Ken Bedene, is some of the tightest and most technical going around right now. If I have to try and find any negative at all, it is only that the constant blasts and solos can make everything blend together, and this is only due to the running time of just over 40 minutes. In my opinion, solid death metal should stick to short, sharp and shocking.

If you consider yourself a fan of death metal, and haven’t heard this album, you need to. It is hands down the best of the modern crop going around at the moment. Special mention needs to go into the artwork; I don’t think there is a band working as hard right now to have the ‘complete’ package like bands used to do. The artwork is full of retro influences, and great, gory detail. Well done lads, well done.

1. Dellamorte Dellamore
2. Retrogore
3. Cadaverous Banquet
4. Whoremaggedon
5. Termination Redux
6. Bit by Bit
7. Divine Impediment
8. Coven of Ignorance
9. The Mephetic Conundrum
10. Forged for Decrepitude
11. From Beyond (the Grave)
12. In Avernus