Monday, February 22, 2016

Album Review: "Formed In Disgust" by Atrocious Abnormality

Formed In Disgust
In the not too distant past, I spent five days near Charlotte, NC.

During that time, I had meals at a local diner and several chain restaurants.

Keeping in mind, i wasn't in Charlotte proper or really all that near it, though I did pass the Charlotte Race Track at least twice each day.

What I didn't see during my time there, besides good beer, was anything remotely resembling a music scene. Though I was told of this section of downtown that was where the night life could be found, should anyone be looking for it.

Its being over forty miles from where I was sitting at the time and my being in a rental car certainly kept this author from going out drinking in what seemed like a faraway place.

There seems to be a secret in North Carolina though.

Atrocious Abnormality
This is a band that is aptly named.

Hot off on the heels of their 2007 record, we now have their hotly anticipated sophomore release.

These gents definitely are a bit abnormal, both for their geographic location and for their chosen genre of music.

There is a totally audible bass guitar.

In death metal, this is akin to seeing The Loch Ness Monster! Bill Steer spoke of wanting more low end on Carcass's seminal Heartwork, but Jeff Walker just didn't understand why they didn't just put the bass guitar louder in the mix.

The drums are even a bit strange. I mean, why don't they have that semi-computer sound whilst obliterating all of the other instruments with blast beats that would drown out the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse? Instead, they sound like well, drums.

Did they forget to add about twenty seven minutes of bitchin' guitar solos to this record? I mean, what the hell kind of lead guitarist is a team player who just adds color to the already bitchin' riffs. How could a guitarist who riffs with the demon growls not be committed for what must be a terminal case of lacking self indulgence?

Atrocious Abnormality has cobbled together a very strong and scary record through teamwork and fair play.

A song is only as strong as the weakest link and when everybody's playing together, no one is weak.

Release: 3/4/16
Genre: Death Metal
Label: Comatose Music


  1. They definitely wouldn't be mistaken for any other kind of band if you saw them backstage.

    1. They are who they are and there's something beautiful about that.