For their 2000 full-length debut, Necroterrestrial, hardcore quartet Abductors spice up the basic metal/punk crossover template with plenty of schlock-horror-inspired lyrics. Unfortunately, amusing titles like "Fetal Feces," "Raining Brains" and "Slumber Party Massacre" are pretty much all their songs have going for them, and it's a cold day in outer space when rare highlights such as "Concrete Minds" and "Rotting Inside" find time to add some stylistic variety and harmonic nuance to the album's overwhelmingly repetitive mix. Last cut "Defect Production" finally offers a truly inspired melodic intro, for a change, and then makes way for a somewhat more original set of five, bass-intensive bonus tracks. At their best (see "Roswell" and "Robot City"), these add a very subtle Cramps-like aesthetic to the band's prevalent Misfits influences. But, even so, fans of the powerful, guitar-driven hardcore peddled by Danzig's seminal crew should also be forewarned that Abductors take a far more lightweight approach in their attack. Not bad for a first try, but the band still needs a little work.
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