Aborted are a top class Death Metal band, despite the apparent geographical disadvantage of coming from Belgium, not a hotbed of extreme underground music by any stretch of the imagination. They’re not likely to win any prizes for originality, but then how many DM bands nowadays are truly original? Akercocke and Nile are both a bit different to most but after that, the bands are just influencing each other to try to make a new sound out of old ideas. This is not entirely a bad thing though; bands like Aborted still produce an enjoyable bloody noise. Obviously it owes a fair debt to Cannibal Corpse as does virtually any Gore Metal band, but it is by no means a xerox of them or any other individual band. Aborted are their own band, it’s just that they are made up of lots of little bits of other well known Death Metal bands. If you like your Metal reasonably brutal and blood-splattered though, give them a try, you won’t be disappointed. If you’re a fan of Re-Animator, so much the better, as these Belgians obviously are; not only do they sample the trailer for the original in its entirity, they also sample a big chunk from the sequel Bride Of Re-Animator. They are top horror films, but it does break up the flow a little too much for my liking. Still, in fairness, they fit the mood of the album pretty exactly. The new album Goremageddon virtually dispenses with them altogether though and is probably much the better for it.