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jools green
18th July 2017
Jools Green

abhorrent decimation

Brighton/London based Death Metal quintet Abhorrent Decimation have an interesting mix of old and new with their latest release, 'The Pardoner', which is out on their new label. Prosthetic Records.

It's their follow-up full length to 2015s 'Miasmic Mutation' and the preceding EP, 'Infected Celestial Utopia' from 2013.

The old being the fascinating choice of conceptual inspiration coming from "an in depth exploration into English poet Geoffrey Chaucer's most depraved, deceitful character from 'The Canterbury Tales', 'The Pardoner' and his tale. 'The Pardoner' is a religious fraud and hypocrite, who preaches against the love of greed, yet, whose own love of wealth enabled him to profit on the sins of others. He claimed to work on behalf of the clergy, selling spiritual forgiveness for ones sins in the form of his pardons."

The modern aspect sees the shedding of many of the traditional influences seen on their previous releases in favour of a sharper edged modern Death Metal and the result is hard hitting, fresh and energetic but with enough groove to make it catchy and addictive which was the band's aim as bassist David Archer explains:

"We've really tried both with the production as well as with the musical content to push ourselves and make something that we are all proud of. We wanted to create an album that was melodic, aggressive, interesting and a little more modern than our previous releases.

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"We controlled the entire sonic process ourselves which really helped us to be able to sculpt the sound into exactly what we had in our heads. We have all put a huge amount of time and care into this record and sincerely hope that it is apparent in the way the final product sounds."

That effort is clearly evident on your first listen.

One of the main appeals of this album is this amalgamation of a the work of the fifteenth century poet, the 'Father of English literature', Geoffrey Chaucer, with an ultra modern twenty-first century sound. The overall result is not just hard, sharp and modern, it's also fascinatingly dark and sinister too.

It's also a well thought out and considered release, well constructed and nicely contrasting. I love the inclusion of haunting piano segments to open or close, as on the crushing opener 'Soothsayer' where it adds impact to the theatrically intense wall of riffing that follows and 'Heretic Sacrifice' where the closing piano adds a reflective quality to the tight punchy technical riffs and bouncy groove preceding it.

On 'Votive Offerings' a haunting guitar repeat which turns distorted gives a breather from the crushing intensity yet makes it feel even heavier by contrast and that repeated groove element which pops up throughout really does add an addictive edge.

The vocals can't be overlooked either, a powerful rasping growl delivered with clarity that is so up in your face it's unnerving and sits so effectively throughout, particularly on the final and title track, 'The Pardoner', against the higher guitar work.

abhorrent decimation

Heretic Sacrifice
Votive Offerings
Granted Indulgence
Black Candle Gathering
A Glass Coffin Burial
The Scythe In The Dark
The Pardoner

The album artwork was produced by German illustrator Karmazid, based on a visual concept by vocalist Ashley Scott who says:
"What he produced captures the darkness of the story and this character perfectly. 'The Pardoner' looks just as depraved and soulless as I imagined him."

'The Pardoner' should appeal to fans of Fit For An Autopsy, The Black Dahlia Murder and Thy Art Is Murder. It’s certainly worth a spin and is out as a digipak on Prosthetic Records.




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