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Aborted - Strychnine.213

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Aborted - Strychnine.213

Aborted - Strychnine.213

Century Media Records

The Bottom Line

Aborted delivers another CD of brutal death metal, but also increase the melody and groove.
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  • Brutal, but still groovy
  • More diversity than some of their past CDs
  • Good vocals


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  • Released June 24, 2008 on Century Media Records.
  • The CD was produced by Eric Rachel (The Red Chord, God Forbid).
  • This is Aborted's sixth studio CD.

Guide Review - Aborted - Strychnine.213

Just a year after their last CD, Belgian death metallers Aborted return with another slab of brutality. You'll need a dictionary to figure out the meanings of some the new song titles. "Carrion" I can figure out, but "Ophiolatry On A Hemocite Platter," "Pestiferous Subterfuge" and "The Chyme Congeries" use a higher level of vocabulary.

Aborted has always delivered punishing and ferocious death metal, and Strychnine.213 is no exception. Pummeling blast beats and squealing guitars make this plenty brutal. However, this is probably the grooviest Aborted album yet. They inject a surprising amount of melody and groove into the songs. By dialing back the extremity just a tiny bit and increasing the melody, they've made the songs much more memorable.

Sven De Caluwe's vocals are low pitched metal growls, intimidating and powerful. Higher pitched background vocals and screams contrast the growls and add some variety.

Another area where Aborted has improved is diversity. If not done right, songs on death metal albums can sound very similar. By changing tempos and textures, they've done a nice job of differentiating the songs. Strychnine.213 is a potent dose of death metal, and even though the title is toxic, the music is anything but.

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