Abuse – Like A Virgin (2001)

Well-produced and seemingly (for once) well thought out brutal death metal. These kinda bands are a dime a dozen so it truly is difficult to make a difference in the realms of brutality, but Abuse offer a glorious battering in the metallic style. Think Lividity and later Waco Jesus and you should have a good idea of how Like A Virgin is going to sound.

The band are tighter than a [insert filthy pun], and the vocalist brings along a whole zoo of animals to help him out. I also love how the cover plays with so much black space, it is disturbing whilst also being very understated, again this is the kinda restraint you don’t tend to see so much in death metal all too often.