Abominant - Warblast
Deathgasm Records
Blackened Death Metal
9 songs (33:03)
Release year: 2008
Deathgasm Records
Reviewed by Goat

Abominant are one of those bands that despite never quite making it into the underground's general consciousness, continue to grind away at their art nonetheless. The band hails from Kentucky and plays Brutal Black/Death Metal in a style that mixes influences from Vital Remains to old-school Entombed and Bolt Thrower, with a bit of Absu's dark rumble as well. Warblast being their eighth album, you can go in expecting a tight, well-played album, and that's exactly what you get here.

All members are on fire, with vocalist Mike Barnes' deep growl somewhere between Glen Benton and Barney Greenway circa 1991. As with much music of this genre, the songs would sound fairly similar were it not for the guitar solos, and that's where Warblast truly earns its points. From the melodic leads in Legacy In Pain to the brief but gorgeous wail in Chaos Sanctuary, it's the best thing about the album on the first play, and whilst later listens reveal such elements as a rather skilled drummer, it's the guitars you'll keep coming back for. Even when not soloing they're entrancing in a murky, sick way, like roadkill on your tyres - tracks such as 13th Legion have such a dark rumble to them that you could be listening to Marduk. Of course, these tracks all fit next to each other perfectly, never feeling out of place.

Whether it's the martial atmosphere of No Forgiveness or the furious assault of Endless Nightmare, this band want one thing and one thing only: to pulverise. It's been done before, of course, and done better, but if you find yourself hankering for some old-school brutality and know your classic albums by heart, then Abominant provide thirty-odd minutes of Death Metal that'll keep any extremist satisfied.

Killing Songs :
Warblast, Legacy In Pain, Chaos Sanctuary, No Forgiveness, Devilish Mastery
Goat quoted 76 / 100
Other albums by Abominant that we have reviewed:
Abominant - Where Demons Dwell reviewed by Tony and quoted 63 / 100
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