Abominable Putridity. With a name like that, what sort of music would you expect? Motown? Guess again, Charlie. Abominable Putridity delivers some brutal, chunky, make-you-bang-your-head assault-style death metal with their latest installment “The Anomalies Of Artificial Origin”.
As far as brutal, technical death metal goes, Abominable Putridity is one of the stronger offerings in a genre that hasn’t innovated since 1999 and is currently dominated by arguably one of the best death metal acts ever: Necrophagist. It wouldn’t be fair to compare the two – AP is in a different category in the sub genre (I call it “chunky”), but it helps to provide some context.
That said, there’s really nothing new or innovative about this album. It’s solid in the genre it’s promising to deliver, and as long as you’re not looking for overwhelming creativity, this disc will fit nicely in the collection of a brutal death metal connoisseur. It’s got all of the elements I’ve come to expect in this category: solid slam riffing, sick sick breakdowns, carefully placed pinch harmonics, vocals that sound like the growler had just got through consuming raw human viscera, etc. etc. In short, I liked it.
On a side note, I’ve had to correct myself many times because I typed “Abdominal Putridity” which wouldn’t be a bad band name itself. I suffer from an abdominal putridity from time to time, as do any who dare venture into the bog once I’ve finished expelling it.
Alright, on with the review. I’m not going to go into too much detail reviewing each song individually as they pretty much all sound the same – not surprising for a slam death album. It’s the simple truth that all of us slam death metal fans don’t like to acknowledge but it’s undeniable.
Instrumentation is excellent with great composition. Guitars are solid – there are some interesting tapping pieces (which I think are overdone in the genre, but AP makes it work), blistering solos and the slam riffs.. oohh the slam riffs. Drumming is above par, reminiscent of Dino Cazares’s “is this guy using triggers?” drumming from the Demanufacture days. The vocals sound like something out of a meat grinder and are layered well.
“The Anomalies of Artificial Origin” is a solid offering. It didn’t blow me away, but it has definitely found its way onto my playlist.