The return of the prodigal sons? A brutal lesson in violence? A need to answer to all critics? What of all these is Belgium’s Aborted new release? Because this EP entitled ”Coronary Reconstruction” is nothing less than a payback for this band. This is a statement that Aborted are more alive than ever and the ones who carried their shovel to bury them prematurely must wait a little more. I shall try to explain my belief in them and their oncoming domination from now on, as long as they remain in the same levels of creativity and diverse songwriting.

We are talking about a glorious return to their first days, until the release of ”Goremageddon (The Saw And The Carnage Done), where they would blast everything alive in their wake. I never understood the reason they always compared them to Carcass, apart from lyrical issues. They have always been a band whose abilities were never questioned, no matter what the final result would be. Taking also for granted that they seldomly keep a steady line-up, we wonder what could have happened if things were in a more normal basis inside the band.

Of course, the leader and singer of the band Sven, is an experienced person who knows what and when to do it. This time he focused on speed and brutality, a totally different direction compared to their last full length ”Strychinine.213” which I found very interesting but many people didn’t follow his vision. A great wild card in this release is drummer Dirk Verbeuren, also played in Soilwork. He manages to blast everything and fill the four pieces they created with devastating rhythms. It’s as if he built a whole block himself just by his playing.

The title track that opens the EP gets you straight into the climate of the following 22 minutes, with its bombastic beginning, shortly to be followed by ”From A Tepid Whiff”, easily the best track of this release, even more brutal than the previous track. One of the most furious pieces of music ever for sure. ”Grime” and ”A Cadaverous Dissertation” are also great tracks, which try to include elements from all Aborted eras, from ”The Purity Of Perversion” to ”Strychinine.213”. The result was either way great on its own. But this is not the end.

They kept the best for the end, a marvellous cover of a track that changed music history two decades ago. Entombed’s ”Left Hand Path” is the last drop in a river of riffs and blastbeats, the perfect ending! I can clearly state that this is one of the best EP’s in metal history generally and if this was a full length release we would be talking for the highest peak in Aborted’s career so far. I am waiting with urge their new album, hopefully soon. I know I won’t be disappointed once they go on like this. Shock and awe!

Track List Line Up
01. Coronary Reconstruction
02. From A Tepid Whiff
03. Grime
04. A Cadaverous Dissertation
05. Left Hand Path (Entombed cover)
Sven De Caluwe – Vocals & Lyrics
Eran Segal – Guitar
Ken Sorceron – Guitar
Cole Martinez – Bass
Dirk Verbeuren – Drums