What can really be said about Aborted that hasn’t been covered a hundred times over? The Belgian death metal icons have become renowned for their dizzying technicality and seamless fusion of the more brutal and melodic aspects of the genre, all while harbouring a major predilection towards grindcore.
Every subsequent release has seen the band sharpen focus, chiseling out a sound that is inherently theirs, with complex structures and rhythms colliding with churning and weighty brute force, coalescing into an often overwhelming display of aggression.
What makes ‘La Grande Mascarade’ so staggering is its testament to how little time the band need to make such a profound statement. Clocking in at a little more than eleven minutes, each of the three tracks is a sonic landscape unto itself, rife with despair, desecration, and decomposition.
What’s even more remarkable is the strong sense of melody that weaves itself throughout the viscera-littered plains. Like a fledgling glimmer of hope constantly snuffed out before it can make its presence truly felt. It adds an emotional depth exemplified by vocalist Sven de Caluwé, whose performance is simultaneously monstrous and impassioned.
With two new songs and a previously unreleased cut from 2018’s immense ‘TerrorVision’, the EP functions as a small reminder as to why Aborted are still one of the most revered, respected, and feared bands in the death metal scene to date.