Russian death metallers Aborted Fetus (combining two iconic names in brutal death metal) return with their fifth full length record of crushing brutality, ridiciously heavy music that is guaranteed to leave you breathless and broken. If you like bands like Devourment, Cephalotripsy and those ilk, I think that Comatose Music is going to be getting some orders in April from you.
Focusing their hellish devastation on medieval torture methods, these thirteen tracks contain such delights as ‘Breaking Wheel’, ‘Pouring Molten Lead into a Throat’ and ‘Hanged on the Hook by the Rib’, and each track is laced with poisonous riffing and a relentless battering low end. While the wheel is never going to be reinvented with brutal death, you can feel it when bands do it well, and Aborted Fetus manage to keep things memorable and fresh while sticking to genre tropes closely. The startling ‘Awaiting..’ in the middle shakes things up a bit with melancholic clean guitar (which also makes a reappearance in ‘Buried Alive), before ‘Burning At Stake’ drags us back into the fire.
There’s a surprisingly clarity to the vokills, as deep and menacing as they are. Plus you aren’t just subjected to monotonous beatdown after monotonous beatdown; Aborted Fetus give you a bit of waspish Hate Eternal stuff, a good chunk of Cannibal Corpse-esque groove as well. These 17 year veterans have got their sound down to a tee, and ‘The Art of Violent Torture’ sounds tough, savage and threatening. As all good death metal should.