Aborted – ‘Global Flatline’ [7]

Do you remember back in the days when you’d finally found a cool place to hang out and drink, but then some shitty little kids would come along and ruin it? Well in the death metal scene, something akin to this seems to have happened, as irritating ‘-core’ bands crash the party in their droves and get everyone in a muddle about what’s what.

Not such new kinds on the block, Belgians Aborted have long dealt in a brutal sound that, with the awaited release of ‘Global Flatline,’ has evidently lost none of its classic edge in recent years. Nowadays, it’s hard to find a decent brutal death metal band, or indeed any straight-up death. But, as a savage exception to the norm, ‘Global Flatline’ does more than enough to get itself noticed. Yes, it’s brutal, full of obliterating blastbeats and the obligatory horror film sound-bites (Hellraiser to be precise) but the most remarkable part of this album is the melodies. We’re not talking tacky synths or swirling beatdowns either. Its beautiful yet blistering melodies help break the tracks up and showcase Aborted’s musical massacre.
‘Expurgation Euphoria’ is a prime standout, whilst well-chosen first single ‘Origin Of Disease’ is bound to attract the death dwellers. In a concluding move mirroring that of upcoming tour buddies Decapitated and other such genre heavyweights, Aborted decide to wrap up the album with a calmer angle. Rich in technicality, grand finale ‘Endstille’ positively bursts with soaring solos. If this is the new trend, it’s the perfect way to let this sadistic album sink in.

Reviewed by Lily Randall
Global Flatline is out now on
Century Media

You’ll like this if… you loved Decapitated’s latest full-length.

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Inferion – ‘The Desolate’ [6]

When one thinks of USBM, it’s very unlikely Inferion spring to mind, however the Floridian black metallers have been lingering under the surface for over fifteen years. Second full-length ‘The Desolate’ does, to some extent, make you wonder why you hadn’t heard of these guys before. Admittedly, though, there’s a certain spark of sadness missing from this atmospheric piece.

For a duo, the talent is very much apparent, with Thor in charge of the drums, vocals and guitars, which definitely help this album stand out in the black metal scene. Each track encases riffs of pure sorrow, some packing more angst than others but with each providing a measure of diversity throughout. The drums are pretty straightforward and the speed never reaches anything too insane. The production is raw, but whether this adds any grim factors or not is questionable, as at times it feels the guitar is all that is pushing the album along, step by woeful step.

If emotion is what you look for, then Inferion certainly supply it especially when you realise Thor recorded some parts whilst serving in Iraq, the heartache and trouble a driving force, without it getting sappy. The album seems to grow as it goes on, with tracks like ‘Purest Evil’ being more aurally attention-grabbing, and as far as choosing album titles go, ‘The Desolate’ couldn’t be more apt for such bleak and isolated music, which of course for black metal is a good thing.

Reviewed by Lily Randall
The Desolate is out now from
http://inferion.bandcamp.com/

You’ll like this if… negativity is positive in your eyes.

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