It’s been quite a long time since I have written for this site. Many things have caused this, primarily a mixture of dedication to my YouTube chanel and computer issues that followed after. But all is under control. And so in returning to this blog, i’m going to review a slab of brutal death metal that has been delayed, brought back forward, delayed again, and now back for the world to see, of course the new album from Abominable Putridity.
They’re based out of Russia and are pretty much known to mix slam and groove into their style of brutal death metal, and once worked with Cameron Argon aka Big Chocolate as their vocalist. But when I found out that for this latest release they were going to work with legendary vocalist Matti Way (ex Disgorge (USA), Pathology), my sense of excitement went through the roof.
Now after all the wait, I finally listened to the album. Matti’s vocals are business as usual. His almost whispered style of gutturals are pretty much become the thing of legend, and he still has enough of his power to be heard here.
Musically….this is where i’m starting to question the style of this band. While i’m obviously picking up the elements of brutal death metal, there are a bunch of elements that ooze tech death or even deathcore for that matter, even the breakdowns on this album. Deathcore-esque breakdowns, not brutal death metal breakdowns. There’s quite a few of them, and it can divert your attention from the album. But the way the music is played is very heavy and often crushing. Guitar and bass work are nice, and the drums are ripened with double bass and blast beats. Not gonna lie the drums wore me out after a while.
And then we have the time length. Inexcuseable if you ask me. 25 minutes seems acceptable when its for an EP or something that ranges in grindcore and hardcore, and I know in the case of brutal death metal, some albums can be short. But this short? No no and for the last time, NO! Not to mention the production is almost too clean for a brutal death metal release, i’d expect to hear something like this on a bigger label release.
While I did enjoy tracks like “A Burial For The Abandoned” and “Wormhole Inversion”, and the sick Par Olofsson art work, this is an album that left me underwhelmed and disappointed. Its a fine listen at best, but this is an album that could’ve been and should’ve been much better. But you know this is just my opinion, right?
Final score: 6.5 out of 10