The production is surprisingly clean for something so enshrouded in darkness, but somehow it works and doesn’t really affect the atmosphere in a negative manner. I personally would like to hear them try something a bit darker sounding on future releases, but time will tell what the band decides to do. The songs themselves work best as a whole unit of work, rather than individual tracks to put on to a mixtape, with no one particular song standing out above the consistency. Luckily, though, “Fractured…” is entertaining enough throughout the full 40 minute running time that it’s not difficult to sit through and soak in the whole thing at once.
It is really refreshing to hear something that’s not just straight ripping off Entombed, Dismember and Grave or Incantation/Immolation and/or Autopsy for a change. It’s not about to top “Contragenesis” as my favourite death metal release from the first half of this year, but it certainly comes close in terms of quality and enjoyment.
If you haven’t looked into any Hellthrasher releases yet, I would strongly recommend starting with “Fractured in the Timeless Abyss” as this is best album they have put out so far.