Release Date: 15 January 2016
Century Media Records
Review by Steve Jenkins
This brutal bunch from Belgium known as Aborted have been creating technical gore influenced death metal for 20 years now, so why not release an EP to celebrate? Or perhaps there’s more to it than that.
But what’s to gain from releasing a 5 track EP after you’ve already got 8 extremely solid studio albums under your belt? After hearing the new single on YouTube a while back, which as expected is very bloody and NSFW, there’s something different about this band that I’ve loved for years.
The relentless riffs are still fierce, the rapid blast beats are still fast, and the savage vocals are still tenacious. But I can hear evolving, subtle, albeit still there if you listen closely. They’ve also gone and re-recorded the track The Holocaust Incarnate from their 2001 album Engineering the Dead but with a modern twist.
There’s growth and slight change, you can hear in the polished vocals from Sven and also from the refined technicality of the other members, which is undeniable. It’s worked so well for Cattle Decapitation, maybe it’s a formula worth trying for the next album? I guess we’ll find out soon as they are deep in the recording process.
Termination Redux is an important link in the chain that is going to connect Aborted of old to their next era of an embarking journey. But don’t worry, Aborted certainly haven’t lost their infectious and merciless elements that made them who they are today. This EP is all killer, no filler and a brutal way to kick off 2016. Also, how awesome is that artwork!