23 January 2012
by Dan Pelic
This far into the very existence of death metal, bands may well have to go against the anti-melodic grain many of the genre tend to follow. Bands like Decapitated have raised the bar for blasters and grinders to find groove – an elusive, serpent-like creature few bands come to capture and train to dance effectively alongside the ultimate brutality all death metal acts inevitably compete to attain.
Belgium’s (well, originally, at least) Aborted have definitely took notice of their peers’ advancements in technical death-grind metal, intra-innovating, while staying true to the band of yore that helped establish the standard of the past (along with all the horrible afflictions a good medical dictionary has to offer).
While Global Flatline assaults the cranium from the get-go – single ‘Источник Болезни (The Origin of Disease)’ is no slouch of a blaster – the horror movie quote-laced latter half of the album is its strongest merit. ‘Of Scabs and Boils’ is a bona fide circle-pitter that very well could have been the first track of an eight-song groove-infested death metal album. ‘Expurgation Euphoria’ is a classic, down tempo death metal “ballad”, without which no death metal album would be complete. ‘From a Tepid Whiff’ and ‘Our Father Who Art of Feces’ are straight-ahead headbangers relieving us of the non-stop calculus many death-grind albums take to digest.
Watch the video to ‘Источник Болезни (The Origin of Disease)’ by Aborted:
Heaps of praise unto Aborted for tastefully keeping with the times and releasing an album worthy of critical praise – Global Flatline is sure to surprise old listeners and satiate those hip to the (welcomed) trend of groove-laced death metal.
Sounds Like: Decapitated, Nile
Standout Tracks: Of Scabs and Boils, Expurgation Euphoria, From a Tepid Whiff