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Conor Fynes
2 stars 'Worshipping Damned Souls' - Aborym (3/10)

In the tradition of early '90s garage black metal demos, Aborym's 'Worshipping (sic) Black Souls' was Aborym's first recorded output. With only thirteen minutes of material here to work with, it's safe to say that this is something that won't find much appeal past the fans of the band. That being said, as black demos go, Aborym makes a decent first step. In tandem with the necessary black metal riffs and blastbeats, there are a handful of ambient keyboard passages here, and this is what incidentally makes the biggest impression on me. As campy as they are, the tinny organ hymns sound like they could be the soundtrack to one of the LeVeyan Satanic Church's cheesy rituals. 'Hermetic Brotherhood Of Luxor' starts the demo off on its best foot, with the aforementioned organs creeping along at a snail's pace. Sadly, the black metal elements of the demo do not stand out in any way, and this robs Aborym's demo from standing out. There is the usual fanfare of raspy vocal work and muffled guitars; the band is evidently influenced by the Norwegian scene.

'Worshipping Damned Souls' is not a winner, but- to be fair- it's not a total mess either.

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