How can you not get your ass kicked after such a lesson in brutality? Aborted have released a new album and boy, they did deliver!
ManiaCult is one of those albums you expect to be just like any other but they do not fail to surprise you. The Belgian band is still playing its own brand of usual aggressivity but never fails to innovate in the sense of bringing new riffs and blending all their influences into one homogeneous death metal banger.
The album has got everything, and of course, the mandatory relentless blast beat never stops, but without omitting a mid-tempo dark-themed tune named “Drag me to Hell”, which indeed takes you down into the depths of the underworlds but also an old school riff masterpiece named “Dementophobia”, which gives you a lesson in how to put relentless double bass drumming into old school death metal. The album even succeeds at incorporating black metal vibes into the blend via the very sinister “Portal to Vacuity”.
The vocal patterns are well suited for the music, but I would’ve preferred hearing lower growls on certain riffs, which would have emphasized the heaviness. The drumming sounds like perfection: Aborted is one of those bands where you feel that each beat on the drums is put exactly right where it belongs, of course, it’s in the higher spheres of technicity, but you never feel as it’s flexing.
The production is in the same direction and vibe as the usual Aborted release, and as always you can feel the touch of the german death metal producer Kristian “Kohle” Kohlmannslehner. The mix is perfectly balanced, and the bass is put forward like a beast lurking in the dark shadows, waiting to attack you. This album is a masterpiece, and I’m already excited for an upcoming release.
Release Year: 2021
Label: Century Media Records
Reviewed by Oussama EL OUADIE