Ab­hor­rent Dec­i­ma­tion


Metal Hammer (UK) - - The Gospel - STEPHEN HILL


Lon­don four-piece breathe new life into death metal Ab­hor­rent Dec­i­ma­tion cer­tainly turned a lot of heads when their de­but al­bum, Mi­as­mic Mu­ta­tion, dropped in 2015. It was a real treat to hear a Bri­tish death metal band with the nous and the power of the best the genre could of­fer. Now, af­ter ink­ing a deal with Pros­thetic Records, it’s great to see the mo­men­tum has con­tin­ued on an up­ward tra­jec­tory, be­cause The Pardoner is ev­ery­thing you could wish for from a group of this ilk in 2017. As the haunt­ing piano of opener Sooth­sayer gives way to the first of many thickly tex­tured riffs, it’s ob­vi­ous that AD are out to turn all their po­ten­tial into gen­uine qual­ity. There is brute force here com­pa­ra­ble to the most sav­age of bands, but when they take it down a notch, as on Vo­tive Of­fer­ings’ Tool-es­que outro,

The Pardoner sucks you in even deeper. With strings, synths and pro­gres­sive ideas all in the mix, Ab­hor­rent Dec­i­ma­tion are an ex­tremely im­pres­sive propo­si­tion.

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