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AbortedThe Purity of Perversion
Genre: Goregrind/Death Metal
Release Date: May 1999
Label: Uxicon Records
Author: UMUR

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The Purity of Perversion is the debut full-length studio album by Belgian death metal act Aborted. The album was released through Uxicon Records in May 1999. The Purity of Perversion features an incredibly gory and offensive front cover artwork (even for Aborted´s standards) which immediately sets the blood soaked tone for the album if the album title or songtitles like Necro-Eroticism and Gurgling Rotten Feces haven´t already given that away.

The music on The Purity of Perversion is strongly influenced by the gore grinding death metal of Symphonies of Sickness (1989)/Necroticism - Descanting of the Insalubrious (1991)-era Carcass. Predominantly by the sound on the former mentioned release album though. The vocal style which alternates between high pitched aggressive sneering and deep guttural growling is in the vein of Carcass and the goregrind/death metal music style is also very similar to Carcass trademark style. There´s an obvious clone factor here, that can´t be denied but The Purity of Perversion still comes off as decent quality release featuring some brutal and catchy tracks. It´s arguably a pretty standard release for the genre but well played and powerful.

The sound production is of a good quality too. Again pretty standard for the genre but professional and well sounding. The inclusion of horror movie samples on the tracks work really well for Aborted and provide the music with an extra eerie atmosphere.

Upon conclusion The Purity of Perversion is a surprisingly good quality release by Aborted. I honestly expected a much more lo-fi and primitive recording. That´s not the case here at all and while The Purity of Perversion seldom reach the excellent mark, it´s certainly a decent goregrind/death metal album deserving a 3 star (60%) rating. 60/100

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AbigorTime Is the Sulphur in the Veins of the Saint - An Excursion on Satan's Fragmenting Principle
Genre: Avant-Garde/Industrial Black Metal
Release Date: January 18th, 2010
Label: End All Life Productions
Author: UMUR

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Time Is the Sulphur in the Veins of the Saint - An Excursion on Satan's Fragmenting Principle is the 8th full-length studio album by Austrian black metal act Abigor. The album was released through End All Life Productions in January 2010. Abigor were very active in the years between 1993 and 2003 releasing several demos, EPs and full-length studio albums in that time span. All releases were more or less in a raw traditional black metal style. In 2003 Abigor split-up only to reform again in March 2006. Fractal Possession (2007) was the first release after the reformation of the band and displayed a departure from the raw black metal of the past. Instead it introduced an industrialized (slightly avant garde) black metal sound not far removed from the style on the last couple of Dødheimsgard albums.

...that´s also more or less the case with Time Is the Sulphur in the Veins of the Saint - An Excursion on Satan's Fragmenting Principle. This time around the band have composed two nearly 20 minutes long tracks, which are both adventurous and overall quite challenging. You´ll find blasting drums, dominant use of dissonance, tempo shifts and raspy vocals here. In addition to that it´s no surprise, given their lengths, that the two tracks are quite complex in structure. This is not the type of album you put on one time and memorize upon first listen. This is a rather demanding listening experience. The technical level of playing is really high too, so the album is intriguing on many parameters.

The sound production is professional and powerful and suits the music well. The drums may be a bit too high in the mix and the guitars too low but objectively seen it´s more a matter of acquired taste than it´s a matter of bad production values.

So overall Time Is the Sulphur in the Veins of the Saint - An Excursion on Satan's Fragmenting Principle is a pretty strong album by Abigor but it doesn´t exactly reach the high quality level of the best releases in the genre. There are simply parts of the 20 minutes long tracks where my attention wanders. Maybe because the tracks lack some truly breathtaking moments or maybe because they lack a bit in the memorability department. So it´s not a perfect album but still way above average and full of intriguing ideas and that still warrants a 3.5 star (70%) rating. 70/100

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AbhorrenceAbhorrence
Genre: Old School Death Metal
Release Date: July 4th, 1990
Label: Seraphic Decay Records
Author: UMUR

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Abhorrence is an EP release by Finnish death metal act Abhorrence. The EP was released through Seraphic Decay Records in July 1990. Abhorrence were a rather short-lived act who were only active for about a year. Within that year they released the Vulgar Necrolatry (1990) demo and the Abhorrence EP. Both recordings are available on the Completely Vulgar (2012) compilation. While Abhorrence never rose above underground fame and recognition, guitarist Tomi Koivusaari went on to form Amorphis, with whom he has experienced great success.

The music on the 4 tracks (5 tracks if you count the intro), 13:04 minutes long EP is old school Scandinavian death metal. A murky buzzing guitar sound, brutal vocals, and variation between slow- to mid paced drumming and faster blasting sections. The tracks are well composed but nothing out of the ordinary for the genre. The sound production is slightly better than the case was on the Vulgar Necrolatry (1990) demo, but we´re still not talking a professional sounding release. The sound is lo-fi, muddy and noisy.

The Abhorrence EP isn´t the most exciting old school Scandinavian death metal release out there, but it´s a decent insight to how the style sounded very early on. The music on Abhorrence is an example of the more brutal take on the old school variant of death metal, but it´s still catchy and not too technically challenging. I guess a 3 star (60%) rating isn´t all wrong. 60/100

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AbhorrenceVulgar Necrolatry
Genre: Old School Death Metal
Release Date: February 11th, 1990
Label: Self-released.
Author: UMUR

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Vulgar Necrolatry is a self-released cassette demo tape by Finnish death metal act Abhorrence. The demo was released in February 1990. Abhorrence were a rather short-lived act who were only active for about a year. Within that year they released the Vulgar Necrolatry demo and the Abhorrence (1990) EP. Both recordings are available on the Completely Vulgar (2012) compilation. While Abhorrence never rose above underground fame and recognition, guitarist Tomi Koivusaari went on to form Amorphis, with whom he has since experienced great success.

The music on the demo is old school Scandinavian death metal. The Finnish bands from those days we´re often a little more brutal and morbid compared to their generally more famous Swedish neighbours and that´s also the case with Abhorrence, who include quite a few death grinding parts in their music, with a slight nod towards early Carcass. Abhorrence music is more varied than that though and they successfully incorporate both mid-paced heavy and brutal grooves and morbid doomy parts too.

Considering the fact that Vulgar Necrolatry is a debut demo, the musicianship is actually on a good level. The band are in other words well playing and the growling vocals are delivered with conviction.

The show stopper is the low quality sound production, which somewhat ruins the listening experience, unless you are a sucker for muddy and noisy productions that sound like they were recorded under water in someones murky basement. I´m exaggerating a bit, but let´s just say the sound quality isn´t on a professional level. It´s not unusual for the time though.

Speaking strictly of compositional quality and musicianship this is a quality old school death metal release but the rather poor sound quality drags my rating down to a 2.5 - 3 star (55%) rating. 55/100

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GorgutsColored Sands
Genre: Technical Death Metal
Release Date: August 30th, 2013
Label: Season of Mist

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Colored Sands is the 5th full-length studio album by Canadian experimental/progressive extreme metal act Gorguts. The album was released through Season of Mist in August 2013. Gorguts are one of the pioneers in using dominant dissonance in extreme metal music and their Obscura (1998) album is a seminal release, that has inspired prolific acts like Deathspell Omega and Ulcerate, just to mention a few. Of course there were acts that incorporated dissonance to their sound before Obscura (1998) came out (especially Voivod comes to mind), but it featured a chaotic darkness and dominant use of dissonance that was unheard of at the time. Their 4th full-length studio album From Wisdom to Hate (2001) toned down the dissonance a bit and made a slight return to the more regular US influenced death metal style of the band´s first two studio albums, but still retained a dissonant element, that sets the album apart from most other releases in the genre.

The band were struck by tragedy though as drummer Steve MacDonald committed suicide in October 2002 and band leader Luc Lemay put Gorguts on hold until 2008 when he chose to resurrect the band again with a completely new lineup. On Colored Sands the lineup consists of Luc Lemay (Vocals, Guitar), Kevin Hufnagel (Guitar), Colin Marston (Bass), John Longstreth (Drums). These are all very seasoned musicians, having played with acts like (among others) Behold the Arctopus, Krallice, Dysrhythmia, Dim Mak, Angelcorpse, Origin, Vaura and The Red Chord and as a consequence the musicianship on Colored Sands is top notch. And that is exploited to the full on Colored Sands. All four guys are very active and audible in the soundscape. Great interplay between the two guitarists, very skilfully played drumming (and varied too) and busy adventurous bass playing. The vocals are mostly growling and pretty low in the mix and along with the atmospheric sections this give off a strong post rock/metal vibe.

The lyrics on Colored Sands are politically motivated. It´s a concept album describing the Tibetan culture and later the Chinese invasion of Tibet in 1950 and the following oppression of the Tibetan people by the Chinese occupation. I think we can safely establish that Luc Lemay is not going to travel to China anytime soon after this...

The music on the 9 tracks, 62:49 minutes long album is, except for the instrumental classical chamber piece The Battle of Chamdo, a chaotic sounding, dark and twisted but also atmospheric type of extreme metal, with nods toward both death metal, post rock/metal, avant garde metal and progressive metal. although there are familiar elements in the band´s sound Gorguts continue to challenge conventions. Dissonance and tempo- and time signature changes are dominant elements in the band´s sound and sometimes those elements make for an almost nauseating listen. The way the band sometimes combine fast paced drumming with slow dragging dissonant riffing (not completely unlike the atmospheric doom/death of Disembowelment) has the effect on me, that I feel like I´m being torn apart inside. I´m not sure if I should headbang like a madman to the complex rhythms or just sit there drenched in the feeling of despair that the music so vividly convey. Somehow that´s a wonderful ambiguous feeling.

The same can be said about the sound production which in many ways is strong, as it is both powerful, detailed and relatively raw. At the same time it features a drum sound that may put some people off. Especially the bass drums feature quite an odd clicky sound. Personally I´ve formed the opinion that I think they fit the music well and provide it with another otherworldly and alien element to add to the rest of them. This is in every way possible a very unique and innovative sounding release by Gorguts, which might draw on some of the same elements as their groundbreaking Obscura (1998) album did, but at the same time adds a lot of atmosphere to those elements and therefore ultimately sounds very little like that album. There´s no arguing that Colored Sands is an incredible comeback album by Gorguts and to my ears maybe their strongest release to date. A 5 star (100%) rating is deserved. 100/100

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