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A triumphant return for Aborted. After the less than stellar Strychnine.213, Aborted got their shit together and released the Coronary Reconstruction, a true return to form. Finally, in the year 2012, Aborted bring out Global Flatline, their first full-length for four years. I've been anticipating this album since it was announced. Is it good? Yes! Was it worth the wait? Definitely!
The album begins with a nice intro, made up of some creepy piano music and some sound clips from a news show warning the public about nuclear war. After this intro, it begins. A slow chuggy riff, with a blast beat, then suddenly, "I'M GONNA FUCKING RAPE YOUR SOUL!" and the band proceed to do just that. The riffs are heavier than they've been since Goremageddon. The drumwork consists of mainly blast beats and technical fills. Standard Aborted drumwork, really, not that's a bad thing. The solos are getting more epic as time progresses. Some of Aborted's best solos are on this release. Global Flatline may contain their best solo ever. The bass provides a nice tone under the layers of brutality, but you really have to look out for it.
Perhaps most triumphantly, Svencho is back on the top of his game, following a very lackluster performance on Strychnine. He finally sounds as angry and brutal as he did in the late 90's again. Guest vocals also appear from an all-star cast of extreme metal frontmen. Julien Truchan (Benighted on Origin of Disease), Jason Netherton (Misery Index on Grime) and Trevor Strnad (The Black Dahlia Murder on Vermicular, Obscene, Obese). I'm also told Keijo from Rotten Sound is on this, but I can't remember hearing him.
The band have also made their longest song to date, in the near 6 and a half minute closer Endstille. Most of this track has a dark atmosphere to it, with Svencho bringing his signature vocals about halfway through, before the song fades back into the atmospheric darkness.
Overall, a brilliant return to form from a brilliant band. It's a bit early to say, but this could easily be Album of the Year 2012.
Highlights: Global Flatline, The Origin of Disease, Of Scabs and Boils, Grime