Abominable Putridity, just the name sends a chill down any well-learned metal fanatics spine. This Russian brutal death metal band formed in 2003 and underwent a series of line-up changes before releasing their debut album, In the End of Human Existence, in 2007. The album itself was a fine example of what not to do when making a brutal record, and most who come across it scorn it... though rarely do some come out of the wood work and give it praise. Now, five years later the band have returned with their second full-length effort, The Anomalies of Artificial Origin, featuring new vocalist Matti Way. Have Abominable Putridity found a way to redeem themselves?
"Remnants of the Tortured" opens with a minute long cinema-style mood-setting introduction before the brutality takes over. Looking at the album cover, the ambiance perfectly depicts the strange behemoth emerging from its glass confinement, monstrous growls and howls are heard before a series of explosions go off, perhaps attempting to convey the monster breaking free from the tubes seen in the cover art. It's very thought provoking and image creating, which ultimately leads to what any true introduction should do; set a (in this case, creepy) mood for the rest of the content.
The material within is injected with technical elements that are pulled off precisely, hammer-ons and pull-offs litter the material between heavy, chugging riffs. "A Massacre in the North" has a great set of descending pull-off sections that bridge from one set of riffs to another, along with some of the more brutal lyrics on the album. Additionally, "Letting Them Fall..." makes use of abrupt stops and rests to create an audible strobe effect, this is intertwined with pounding double bass drumming, explosions of cymbal crashes, decent slam bits and one of a kind song composure; making this another highlight track.
Vocalist Matti Way flaunts his vocal talents with deep gutterals and unique, monstrous tendencies that really bring this album to life given the theme and concept behind it. His singing patterns are also something worth recognition, since he puts stops and breaks words into segments at his will to fit the music the way he wants and not vica versa. Way's presence on The Anomalies of Artificial Origin propels the content into an entirely different artistic direction than what was heard on the bands previous album, which is something new and off the beaten path of sexually explicit lyrics and beaten hookers so commonly found in brutal death metal today.
"A Massacre In the North", "The Anomalies of Artificial Origin" and "Last Communion" are the most stand out tracks available, but there aren't any tracks that disappoint or fail to deliver some borderline technical slam metal in one way or another. A definite turn around for Abominable Putridity, and anyone willing to give them a second chance won't be disappointed.
Genre: Brutal Death Metal
Label: Brutal Bands
Release Date: February 28th, 2012