Abnormality’s 2012 début album Contaminating the Hive Mind was a standout slab of unrelenting brutality, really placing them highly in the extreme Metal hierarchy in my mind.
Well, it’s been four long years, but now we have their second album, and it’s a corker. The band continue to play a pitch-black combination of blistering speed and pummelling grooves that have enough impact to to knock you down.
A punchy, professional production encases their music like iron, adding weight to their punishing riffs. Leads and solos add spice to an already tasty recipe, and the band have clearly been honing their songwriting skills over the last few years.
The singer remains one of my favourite in Death Metal, with her growls being so perfectly executed and satisfyingly deep that she really comes across as exceptionally skilled in this regard.
The songs are focused and compact, doing what they need to do and then finishing, making room for the next one. Abnormality don’t rush things though, and when there’s the demand for a slightly longer song they make sure they obey the Metal Gods and perform accordingly.
I will enjoy getting to know this one even more as time passes by, but already it’s proving itself as a quality album that gets even better the more times you spin it.