ABOMINATION

Thrash Metal • United States
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Abomination is a US death-thrash act from Chicago. The band was formed in 1987 and are thus among the pioneers of death metal. Paul Speckmann and Aaron Nickeas of Master fame are also involved in Abomination.
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ABOMINATION Abomination album cover 3.00 | 3 ratings
Abomination
Thrash Metal 1990
ABOMINATION Tragedy Strikes album cover 3.42 | 3 ratings
Tragedy Strikes
Thrash Metal 1991

ABOMINATION EPs & splits

ABOMINATION Master / Abomination album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Master / Abomination
Thrash Metal 1990
ABOMINATION The Final War album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Final War
Thrash Metal 1999

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ABOMINATION Abomination (1988 demo) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Abomination (1988 demo)
Thrash Metal 1988
ABOMINATION Abomination (1989 demo) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Abomination (1989 demo)
Thrash Metal 1989

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ABOMINATION Curses of the Deadly Sin album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Curses of the Deadly Sin
Thrash Metal 1999
ABOMINATION Abomination / Tragedy Strikes album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Abomination / Tragedy Strikes
Thrash Metal 2011

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ABOMINATION Abomination

Album · 1990 · Thrash Metal
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UMUR
"Abomination" is the self-titled debut full-length studio album by US, Chicago based thrash metal act Abomination. The album was released through Nuclear Blast Records in 1990. Paul Speckmann (vocals, bass), and Aaron Nickeas (drums) were also active in Master, who released their debut album around the same time as this album. In fact Abomination undertook at 26 date tour as support to Master, with Pungent Stench sandwiched in between.

Where Master played a raw death metal influenced thrash metal, Abomination is more "straight" thrash metal, although there are many similarities between the two acts, which is of course only natural when 2/3 of the lineup play in both bands. It´s still a pretty raw and unpolished version of US thrash metal though, so don´t expect technical wizardry or anything particularly well played. These guys play loud, raw, and with a savage attitude. The lyrical themes are typical for the time and the genre, which songtitles like "Murder, Rape, Pillage and Burn" and "Possession" bear witness to. So nothing out of the ordinary there.

The sound production is raw, unpolished, and lacking a bit in the power department. It´s not the most well sounding thrash metal production out there, and the music suffers slightly because of it. It´s not a problem that it´s raw, but the lack of power is what kills it. The sloppy musicianship, which some listeners might find charming and authentic, is also a bit of an issue to my ears.

So while the material is as such decent enough even though it´s not exactly original sounding, the sloppy musicianship and unpolished powerless production do drag my rating down a bit. A 3 star (60%) rating is warranted.

ABOMINATION Tragedy Strikes

Album · 1991 · Thrash Metal
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Vim Fuego
Producer, vocalist and guitarist Paul Speckman was one of the figures who helped shape death metal as we know it now. While Master is his best–known project, Abomination seems to have been consigned to the bargain bin of history. It shouldn't have been.

Abomination was solid sub–death thrash, heavy, serious and intelligent. Abomination dealt great slabs of songs, as noisy as a shipyard building a battleship. The three–piece band generated this huge sound with a minimum of fuss, a fact which probably counted against the band in the end.

Aside from opener "Blood for Oil", the rest of the album is unremarkable, in the sense that you know you've just received a damn good dose of thrash, it's just that you can't remember any of it. It's like going to a football match where your team scores in the first minute, then plays out for a 1–0 win– it's the result you wanted, but getting there was not as exciting as it could have been.

"Blood for Oil" though, is the kind of stomping, relentless opener bands like Nuclear Assault and Sodom managed less often than they would have liked. Taking snippets of news bulletins from the first Gulf War, Speckman questioned the motives and results of the short–lived desert war, asking if oil is really worth the human toll, on both sides, of armed conflict.

Elsewhere, it seems Paul Speckman wasn't too keen on the country he lives in. "Oppression" asks if there really is freedom in American society. "Pull The Plug" is not a cover of the Death song, but rather a diatribe aimed at drunk drivers. "Industrial Sickness" examines the damage industry causes to people and environment. Yep, America was sick in 1991, and little seems to have changed since.

While not an album to impress a non–believer as to how good thrash can be, there's still plenty on offer here — no frills music played with conviction, and thought provoking, politically motivated lyrics. A nice history piece.

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