Belgian death metallers, Aborted, have released the title track of their brand new album, TerrorVision. TerrorVision, the album, will be released on the 21st of September via Century Media Records. It will be the band’s 10th studio album and follows their 2016 release Retrogore.
The death metal band have been releasing music consistently since their formation in 1995 and, with the release of TerrorVision, will have 10 studio albums, 5 EPs, 2 demos and 3 splits under their belt. 20 releases in 23 years is pretty impressive by any standards. Especially when you consider how many line up changes these guys have been through.
Currently a 5 piece, they have a whopping 24 previous members listed and only 1 member of the band from their formation. That is vocalist, Sven de Caluwe (Gurgloroth) who is the original founder of the band. Joining him, on guitars we have Mendel bij de Leij (Flesh Upon the Razor Wire) and Ian Jekelis (Immaculate Resection). On the bass, it is Stefano Francescini (Nocturnal Pulse) and finally, on the drums, we have Ken Bedene (Hymen Blaster).
TerrorVision, the song, is 4 and a half minutes long and, as the band name suggests, is very heavy. There is no build up or intro to the song. Instead it just explodes straight into life with a furiously fast drum rhythm and slamming riff with multi toned, horrific roars. Despite the wall of noise smacking you in the mouth, there is a rhythm to it and a lead guitar melody, played at a higher pitch adds an extra little bit of welcome spice. The vocals in the verses are spat out at speed, predominantly in a deep, guttural growl but with occasional raises in pitch and higher toned backing. The main riff is thick and muddy and the drums just pound along, worming their way into your head.
The relentless assault continues with more catchy riffing to bang your nut along to at speed. There is a strong crunch to all the instruments and the little stop start moments are excellent. Near the end we move into a banging breakdown with huge drums and crunchy guitars. This signals impending speed as TerrorVision then kicks up the brutality a further notch with layered growls and vicious riffing. All this death a bit much for you? Never fear, the last minute of the track switches things up a little with a glorious guitar solo, played at speed over the wall of metal. It is high toned and solid and you even get a little dual guitar harmonising in there.
TerrorVision is a really, really heavy track that acts almost as a full blown attack at times. Moments of intelligence in the song writing elevate the track above “just another brutal death” track though. Little, barely noticeable stops in the music, the dual toned vocals, the excellent solo and little bit of harmonising. Very good, very heavy, TerrorVision should be popular with old and new Aborted fans alike.
TerrorVision is out now on all the usual streaming platforms like Apple Music and Spotify. You can preorder the album, TerrorVision from Century Media here. Find out more about Aborted and keep up to date with news on the band at their website, on Twitter and on Facebook.
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TerrorVision by Aborted (TerrorVision)
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