Exclaim!'s Top 27 Albums of 2016 So Far

25. Aborted
(Century Media)

Belgian death metal masters Aborted never disappoint, but they've particularly been on a rampage since 2012, when they reignited their sound with the blood-soaked bludgeoning of Global Flatline. Sven de Caluwé and company continued the grind-infused brutality with 2014's The Necrotic Manifesto, and they've done it yet again with this year's Retrogore. Their ninth album since their 1995 inception, Retrogore is a tribute to '80s horror movies, which is a fitting theme for their pulverizing speed and intense, unrelenting blast beats.

A fury of savage, groove-filled riffs pervades the release and is especially captivating on highlight tracks "Whoremageddon," "Termination Redux" and "Divine Impediment." As well as littering the album with creepy sound clips, Retrogore also features some of the best of the best when it comes to guest vocalists: Cattle Decapitation's Travis Ryan, Benighted's Julien Truchan and Origin's Jason Keyser. Retrogore is arguably Aborted's best work to date, and with a solid catalogue spanning their 20-plus-year career, that's quite an impressive feat.
Denise Falzon