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Aborted were really the shit about ten years. Receiving massive praise, every time you went to a death metal concert there were plenty of backs saying 'fuck dubstep'. It is easy to see why the Belgians has gotten the recognition they have, their take on death metal combines the brutality of Suffocation and Carcass with a sense for melodies and the ever so appealing image of classic gore.
On my part, Aborted never really hooked me the way some of their genre brethren did. Although releasing some enjoyable songs every now and then, Aborted's shortcomings were always lack of enough memorable riffs and melodies to last an entire album. Their ninth full-length 'Retrogore' is no exception. The name refers to the numerous retro horror flick sound clips spread out through the album. The music in itself though is not so retro but rather a continuation of the well-trodden path the band has walked since its debut.
The subtle technical Suffocation-riffs along with the well-placed melodies and varied growling by Sven de Caluwé clad in a in-your-face-production will not disappoint the fans. Songs like 'Whoremageddon'. 'Bit by Bit' and the title track are among the best the band has ever produced and shows why Aborted deserve their recognition. The rest of the album though follows the trend the band has set since day one; although enjoyable at the moment, it is largely forgettable. I find it difficult to keep the attention through all 43 minutes and I struggle even harder to remember a single riff from the second half of the album.
'Retrogore' does not step out of the Aborted box and I am sure the fans will worship this. The album contains some of the best songs the band has ever produced and are among their top efforts. Still, it does not last an entire sitting thus following another trend set by the band.
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