The Belgian death squad known as ABORTED is back with their fifth album, Slaughter & Apparatus. While many would have thrown in the towel after losing their entire lineup, vocalist Sven DeCaluwe has survived, in the process delivering ABORTED‘s most focused record to date. Expanding on the mid-tempo grooves and breakdowns of its predecessor, The Archaic Abattoir, Slaughter & Apparatus showcases the band’s ability to combine those elements with technical intensity and speed while still managing to create memorable hooks within a death metal framework. “Avenious,” “The Spaying SÃ©ance,” and “Archetype” offer prime examples of this, with each song shifting back and forth between blinding speed and straightforward, punchy riffing to thick, sludgy half-time grooves with fluid accuracy. Slaughter & Apparatus also offers up the band’s most musical leads to date on each of the albumâ€™s tracks but most prominently on “The Foul Nucleus of Resurrection” and “Underneath Rorulent Soil.” Lyrically, the band spews forth tales of incisions, cadavers, mutilations and lacerations with morbid glee, but at least the band doesn’t take themselves too seriously. How else can you explain “Prolific Murder Contrivance” in which the band is “canning up head-souffle” or the outro to “Spaying Seance” in which the band found a way for “urethral carnage – aberrant gynaecol” to sound catchy? Long cited for sounding a little to close to CARCASS for comfort, many moments on the album don’t help their case much in that regard, but the band has taken significant steps in separating themselves from the rest of the CARCASS clones. And hell, if Jeff Walker (who sings on two tracks) gives them his blessing, who cares? 2007’s finest death metal release thus far. (Century Media Records)
Belgium’s ABORTED have just launched their new website at www.goremageddon.be in anticipation of their new album, Slaughter & Apparatus: A Methodical Overture, which is set for a February 20th release. Included on the site is a track from the album, “The Chondrin Enigma.”
The album was recorded at Denmark’s Antfarm Studios with producer/engineer Tue Madsen (HIMSA, THE HAUNTED), and includes guest vocal performances by Jeff Walker (ex-CARCASS) and Jacob Bredahl (HATESPHERE).
Vocalist, Sven De Caluwe, describes the new effort: “Expect an album which more or less condenses what we’ve been doing over the last three albums, with some fresh elements added in. It’s definitely a lot more extreme, with more solo mayhem than The Archaic Abattoir, while still retaining the groove and melodies we have been building on. We promise that you will not be disappointed.”
Belgiumâ€™s ABORTED have posted a new track, â€œThe Chondrin Enigma,â€ on their MySpace page: http://www.myspace.com/g0remagedd0n. The track is from their upcoming new album, Slaughter & Apparatus: A Methodical Overture. The disc was recorded at Denmarkâ€™s Antfarm Studios with producer/engineer Tue Madsen and includes guest vocal performances by Jeff Walker (ex-CARCASS) and Jacob Bredahl (HATESPHERE). Slaughter & Apparatus: A Methodical Overture is set for a Feb. 20th release.
Sven De Caluwe (vocals) adds, â€œWe shot a video for â€˜The Chondrin Enigmaâ€™ last week with OneOone (who also did our DVD), and from what we saw so far, this is going to be a killer video! Hope you guys enjoy the song, and more will follow in the coming weeks.â€