"Abort the Messiah" (Metalhit.com; 2009)

Reviewed by Metal Mark


This is the project of metal illustrator Mark Riddick who has done work for the likes of The Black Dahlia Murder, Dying Fetus and Arsis. My first response to him after hearing this album is "Don't quit your day job."

Even at a mere ten minutes in length, this EP is hard to take. The disc contains indecipherable lyrics growled out in miserable fashion, some thin tap-tap-tap style drumming and blurring, but muddled, guitar parts.

Throw in song titles like "Ride the Goat to Jerusalem" and I was almost believing that this was a parody of death metal. However, that's not the case -- or at least that's their assertion, I guess. Playing fast is all well and good, but there has to be some degree of depth, heaviness or something else to make it appealing. Fetid Zombie apparently didn't get that memo. I guess they were too busy down in their basement hard at work on songs like "Entrails of the Divine" which probably took a whole minute or so to construct.

I tried playing this disc on different players, with headphones and at different volumes hoping to find something to like about it. The only thing I got out of it was a mild headache and time that I will never be able to get back.

For more information, check out http://www.myspace.com/fetidzombie.

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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