Aborym - _Generator_
(Season of Mist, 2006)
by: Jackie Smit (
Consider the extent of the critical acclaim lauded on Aborym's last symphony of cyber-black metal, and it's almost bizarre that Italy's crown princes of kvlt should head toward resolutely more organic musical territory on its follow-up. If anything, you'd expect that the many year-best awards that _With No Human Intervention_ was lavished with would be all the prompting that the band needed to refine rather than redefine on this, their fourth record -- but _Generator_ drops a considerable chunk of the industrial / techno flair in favour of more traditional and at times even bombastic fare. Certainly, this is down -- if only in a small part -- to the presence of Bard "Faust" Eithun, the ex-Emperor drummer whose unique flair for the skins becomes one of the focal points of Aborym's overhauled sound early on in the album. It certainly precludes a period of adjustment, particularly for older fans, but this is by no means indicative of the album being a disappointment; for however more musically patrimonial the record, _Generator_ is still a massive, sprawling entity that, at its best, easily makes for one of Aborym's most absorbing listens.With sampled choirs and strings going head to head with many of Aborym's erstwhile sonic hallmarks, songs like "Disgust & Rage" and the haunting title track are laden with apocalyptic atmosphere, while elsewhere the quartet successfully dabble in old school death metal on "Ruinrama Kolossal S.P.Q.R.". These examples are several cuts above the rather boring "Suffer Catalyst" however, a song which sounds cringingly similar to something Dani Filth might dream up. Before we get ahead of ourselves however, Aborym are a thousand miles away from being anything near as tawdry as Cradle of Filth. _Generator_ is more technically accomplished and far less primitive than anything the band have delivered thus far; whether that's a good or a bad thing depends entirely on which side of the fence you happen to find yourself on.
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