Abhordium – When Depravity Incarnates

Band: Abhordium
Album: When Depravity Incarnates
Release date: June 2011 (Finland), January 2012 (Worldwide)
Genre: Death Metal
Label: Inverse Records

‘When Depravity Incarnates’ is the debut album from the Finnish death metal band Abhordium. It was originally self-released just in Finland back in 2011, now it’s finally available worldwide via Inverse Records.

After the initial slow ambient-style intro, ‘Cursed Phenomenon’ reveals the band’s true nature as a brutal death metal act. From here onwards all the tracks feature the stereotypical growls, Morbid Angel / Deicide / (insert orthodox death metal band name here) -esque drum patterns and guitar riffs. Having said that, it’s not necessarily a bad thing.

In fact the only problem with this album is that there’s not much distinction between the songs. It’s down to the miniscule details such as the semi-progressive death metal intro to ‘Depravity & Withering’ or the drums and random gurgling noise in the intro to ‘Dormant Mind’ which enable you to tell the tracks apart. There’s also the occasional attempt at other vocal styles like the black metal -esque shrieks which pierce their way through tracks such as ‘Chaos Mantra’ and ‘Like The Ruins Betokeneth’.

3/5 – Solid-sounding death metal but nothing groundbreaking.

Iza Raittila

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