Abhorrot are a band from Austria that has recently been featured in this zine and plays an old school mixture of black and death metal and this is a review of their 2020 compilation album "The Demos 2007-2009" which was released by Morbid Chapel Records and consists of their demos "Death I Blasphemy" "Sanctuary Of Darkness" a rehearsal from 2007 and a live show from 2008.
A very dark sounding intro starts off the compilation before going into a heavier musical direction while the faster sections of the songs also add in a great amount of blast beats. Death metal growls are also a very huge part of the music along with the riffs also adding in a decent amount of dark sounding melodies.
When guitar solos and leads are utilized they are also done in a very primitive and old school style while all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them. When tremolo picking is utilized it also gives the music more of a raw black metal feeling and the songs also add in a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts.
Most of the music is also very heavily rooted in the 90's era along with one of the tracks being a cover of Nihilist's "Supposed To Rot". On the second demo synths can also be heard briefly as well as a brief use of Gregorian chants before going into a heavier musical direction which also shows the vocals getting more bestial and guttural.
The songs on the second demo are also more aggressive and rawer than the first one as well as some of the slower riffing also adding in a touch of doom/death metal. One of the later tracks also brings in more of a ritualistic atmosphere before returning back to a heavier musical direction, the rehearsal and live tracks also capture more of an old school vibe along with some grim black metal screams also being utilized briefly. The production sounds very raw and old school while the lyrics cover Ancient Darkness and Death themes.
In my opinion this is a very great sounding collection from Abhorrot and if you are a fan of old school black and death metal, you should check out this compilation. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Death In Blasphemy" and "Ancient Blakk Obsvrity". 8 out of 10.