Climax of Disgusting Impurities by AbhorrencyRelease date: September 1, 2023
Label: Sentient Ruin Laboratories
Abhorrency‘s debut full-length album, Climax of Disgusting Impurities, is a relentless assault of black/death metal in all its bestial majesty. The album’s nine tracks are a blur of blast beats, tremolo picking, and guttural vocals, all delivered with a raw and primal intensity. Originally released independently in 2022, this no-fills monster is getting a sweet re-release on Oakland’s fantastic Sentient Ruin Laboratories.
Abhorrency’s music is clearly influenced by the likes of Archgoat, Conqueror, and Black Witchery, but they bring their own unique twist to the war/bestial black metal genre. Theirs is an approach that draws clearly and primarily from the power of skull-cracking riffs. Indeed, the songs are almost catchy, something I never thought I would say about this genre until recently. Moreover, the band’s sound is both cavernous and claustrophobic, with a thick and sludgy production that perfectly captures the album’s suffocating atmosphere. The production and mastering on this album is damn near perfect, providing the listener with a thick and almost live-sounding album, as opposed to the thin “raw” production that sometimes plagues the genre.
Abhorrency revels in perversity, destruction, and the inherent evil of humanity. The lyrics are often cryptic and difficult to decipher, but this adds to the album’s overall sense of dread and despair. Climax of Disgusting Impurities is not for the faint of heart. It is a challenging and abrasive album designed to test the listener’s limits. However, for extreme metal fans, this album is an essential listen. It is ferocious and unforgiving. Of particular note are the tracks, ‘Chocked Upon the Pentagram’ (if you aren’t screaming “CHOKE”, along with the track I question if you’re alive), ‘Climax of Disgusting Impurities’, and the album closer ‘Abhorency’. The last track is a perfect sonic assault, taking their sound to an even more interesting place through the judicious use of samples.
I would encourage Abhornecy to consider incorporating more chaotic soloing, from time to time, to bring the songs to an even filthy place in the future (here I’m thinking along the lines of Abysmal Lord). Short of that, all I can say is that, on this album, Abhorrency kicks ass! I can’t wait to see wait to see where this band goes!