Sound — 9
This is Skeletonwitch's third full album on Prosthetic Records and it is not a huge improvement or change over the first two, but Skeletonwitch plays what is expected of them; amazing blackened thrash. There is nothing on this album that you probably couldn't find on their previous releases with the only changes being better produced vocals and a new drummer. The vocals do sound absolutely amazing on this album, they are not over-produced, rather Chance Garnette's raw screams are perfectly clear but do not overpower the rest of the mix. The new drummer is great but I find that I liked their previous one more; the drumming style hasn't changed much as it is still fast thrash drumming with near constant double bass although it would be more enjoyable if there were a few more standout fills on the album. The bass playing is great and audible but the basslines often go unnoticed as the guitarists are the main attraction. They play amazing thrash riffs that have a blackened vibe to them along with some more melodeath sounding riffs. This melodeath influence can be heard best on "Reduced To The Failure Of Prayer" which contains one of the most stunning and melodic riffs I've ever heard Skeletonwitch or any thrash band pull off.
Lyrics — 7
The lyrics are not amazing or at all innovative but they compliment the music extremely well along with Garnette's vocals. The vocals are more death and black metal than thrash which is great because thrash vocals are often dull or sometimes even annoying. The vocals do not contain yelling or gang type singing, they are mid-pitched screams with a lot of low death growls. These screams and even some of the growls are very audible and even the lyrics can often be heard. Chance Garnette absolutely kills on this album even surpassing his work on "Breathing The Fire"; his vocals are perfect for the style of metal that Skeletonwitch spits out on "Forever Abomination". The only vocalist I can think of that can even come close to delivering such raw blackened death/thrash screams is Proscriptor of Absu.
Overall Impression — 9
This album goes by very fast as it is barely over 30 minutes, there is no filler on this album. The thrash riffs come and go very quickly which is no problem cause this album is full of them. "Forever Abomination" is better than most newer thrash albums because it indulges on other aspects of extreme metal instead of copying the 80's sound. I can not think of a reason why any extreme metal fan would not like this album unless they only enjoy more punk sounding thrash. If you like heavy thrash with raw vocals you will like this album. Even if you are more of a Black or Death Metal fan you will still probably like this album.