Abscess - Horrorhammer LP (Blue vinyl)
Taken on it's own merits, "Horrorhammer" is a completely solid, no bullshit death/punk record that simply gets the job done. Expecting more because of the pedigrees of Abscess's members (who have contributed to at least three classics: Death's "Scream Bloody Gore", Autopsy's "Severed Survival", and VON's "Satanic Blood Angel") is to miss the point. What you got here is a group of self-assured, nothing-to-prove death metal lifers playing a spread of genres that clearly inspired their earlier, more respected work. No new ground is being broken here but "Horrorhammer" is as comfortable as an old jean jacket.