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Review: Abhorrence – Megalohydrothalassophobic

by Miloš Šebalj


Abhorrence – Megalohydrothalassophobic

  1. Intro The Mesh
  2. Anthem for the Anthropocene
  3. The Four Billion Year Dream
  4. Hyperobject Beneath the Waves
  5. The End Has Already Happened
Label: Svart Records
Date: September 4, 2018

Abhorrence’s Death Metal remains pretty much the same after all these years. Heavily relied on atmosphere created by the dark riffing and “sludgy” bass work. Melodic touches seem to affect all of the Scandinavian bands, and so it applies to Abhorrence too. What makes the Finns stand out is the fact that these melodies still keep the characteristic “ghoulish” feeling patented a long time ago by the bands that created the Finnish Death Metal, such as Demigod or Abhorrence themselves. The first two songs (not counting the intro) are the ones bringing some unexpected lead guitar solutions which will, again, surely open up a couple of questions. On the other hand, the closing tracks do sound like classical Abhorrence and should satisfy the old school fans of the band. Especially that distorted bass part on the last one which does bring that old feeling to the overall sound.

It took me some time to get used to the production work on “Megalohydrothalassophobic”. I’m sure all of us are well acquainted to their previous efforts and the sound presented there. On the new EP the production is flawless and brings modern connotations which many of you will find difficult to tie to Abhorrence. And then rises another question. Should they have kept the original roughness? If you ask me, no they should not! They have managed to keep the recognizable feeling to their songs with the music itself. Bloody hell, do I have a tricky job now. Trying to answer some age old questions about the Metal scene is not something I gladly carry on my shoulders. The exact question here would be if a band should release a new material after almost 3 decades of silence? Some things should be left alone in their crypts. Should it have been the case with the new Abhorrence EP? After listening to it for weeks now, I dare say it shouldn’t. Disagreements are unavoidable in this case, and I’m sure you will be able to read all sorts of different opinions. This is mine…

I still cannot escape the feeling that I’m listening to the 21st century version of Abhorrence which sounds pretty refreshed. And I still can’t decide if I should feel guilty for liking this release. Probably not, but on the other hand this is a release that will surely bring out a lot of arguments among the fans. From my point of view, there is absolutely no problem. It seems these guys didn’t just put out an EP to satisfy their wallets, but put an actual effort into creating something worthy of standing next to their cult recordings from the beginning of the ‘90s. Regardless of anybody’s opinion, this is a great record.

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