By El Chief

The '80's cult classic "Eddie and the Cruisers 2: Eddie Lives" features a telling sequence where rock-star-in-hiding Eddie (Michael Pare) tells local guitar hero Rick Diesel (Bernie Coulson)  that he has to learn how to slow down in order to play something that makes the bar patrons stop and listen. I think of that scene a lot whenever I listen to bands that like to throw everything at the chalkboard, whether true legends like Meshuggah or just middle-of-the-pack artists like Aborted, who are releasing their tenth full-length album.

After a minute of ho-hum, "TerrorVision" rattles off the wall with its titular track. It's not bad, as far as new death metal goes (and let's face it, new death metal is just a rebranding of deathcore), but it disappears from the cerebrum as fast as Zicam melts on your tongue.

But then Aborted does something smart and downshifts for the next two tracks, the horribly entitled "Farewell to the Flesh" (which sounds like a short story I wrote in the seventh grade called "Gone with the Guts") and "Vespertine Decay." Here, Ian Jekelis and Co., are given just enough room to show off the type of virtuosity that gets swallowed up by their numerous shredders. The only problem is that drummer Ken Bedene knows only one speed. He's the Michael Bay of the drum kit, when in doubt light something on fire.

Then "Squalor Opera" kicks in and I instantly want to smash my sound system. The chorus and rhythm line are straight out of a Suicide Silence playbook. The tune is only slightly redeemed by a soaring solo, but the lead guitarist is really the only memorable thing about Aborted and I wish he could find a band that could better maximize his talents rather than mostly make him play in the muddled mid-range so emblematic of deathcore's sound. 

Sadly, it's that type of track that wins out over the balance of "Terrorvision." You're better off just skimming through each of them until you get to the guitar solos. But, honestly, in today's crowded field of metal, why waste any time listening to something that's not wholly memorable?