This brutal Belgian outfit is at it again. Longtime fans realize that each new lineup (and there have been many, with only founder Sven staying) brings a better, more mature album than the last. "Retrogore" is what Aborted's fans can, and likely do, expect from Sven and his muses, and more; to quote John Gallagher on Dying Fetus' album "Descent Into Depravity", "more of the same, but better".
The very first track, "Dellamorte Dellamorte", is something that I have heard in abundance from the past decade's extreme metal releases: an introduction approximately a minute long, containing music that is nothing resembling metal but also random words from the album's track titles or lyrics. The rest have Aborted's trademark brutal, somewhat progressive, fast yet structural slam death metal. As I listen, I'm having more trouble than normal putting my thoughts down in word form, and that happens when the music is especially good; I just want to listen.
Everything about this gem -- nay, jeweled crown -- of death metal is entrancingly perfect, from the on-point guitar work, drums, and vocals, to the occasional keyboard part that accentuates rather than takes over, to the 3-5 minutes track lengths that I personally find perfect for metal songs. It bears mentioning that Sven is pulling musicians from all over the globe; this album features musicians from the Netherlands and the USA who were in the American black metal band Abigail Williams and Sven's own side project Oracles (from the ashes of System Divide), and the resumes of these gentlemen show up in the sound of "Retrogore".
My rating: 10/10
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