"Tormented" (Necropolis Records; 2001)

Reviewed by Brian Connelly

Once again, another run-of-the-mill group of former death metalheads band together to create yet more easily recognizable death metal music. Abscess are ex-members of Ravenous, Autopsy, Death and Hexx. They have lots of really scary sounding titles like "Deathscape in Flames" and "Scratching at the Coffins" and such, plus plenty of songs that start with pseudo-puking noises.

So what does Abscess have going for them? One thing is the induction of speed metal pieces to slip up the tempo in songs like "Rusted Blood" and "Filth Chamber." Another is dual screaming vocals and great tension build ups and break downs a la "Madness and Parasites." Last but not least, a good healthy dose of old-fashioned headbanging chugga-chugga ("Halo of Disease" and "Death Runs Red").

It's a good thing this whole disc clocks just barely over half an hour.  Any more than that and its durability would be seriously put to the test. This is a, technically speaking, great disc, but - with very few exceptions - nothing that hasn't been ventured before.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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