Kerrang (Magazine) - p.48
"[T]heir game is a gutter level Frankenstein's monster combining the murderous intentions of death metal with the graceless, hell for leather roar of Discharge..."
Composers: Chris Reifert; Danny Coralles; Bower; Allen.
Lyricists: Chris Reifert; Danny Coralles; Bower; Allen.
Abscess: Clint Bower, Danny Coralles (guitars); Joe Allen (bass instrument); Chris Reifert.
Personnel: Clint Bower (vocals, guitar); Chris Reifert (vocals, drums); Danny Coralles (guitar).
Recording information: Prairie Sun Studios, Cotati, CA (06/27/2006-07/01/2006).
After a few albums that veered into a more traditional death metal style and a long absence from the scene, Abscess return to their cheerfully revolting roots with Horrorhammer. One assumes that the title is an inversion of "Hammer horror," the campy British B-movies of the '60s and '70s that are a logical inspiration for the band's deliberately icky Grand Guignol lyrics. Those are here in full force throughout, as is the band's trademark mix of hardcore punk, death metal, and occasional flashes of glammy '70s-style hard rock in an Alice Cooper style. Fans of early albums like Urine Junkies and Seminal Vampires and Maggot Men will find much to enjoy in songs like the surprisingly catchy "Drink the Filth" and the hardcore-brief "Another Private Hell." Horrorhammer won't change the mind of anyone thus far unconvinced, however. ~ Stewart Mason