Described as a cross between old school thrash with death tendencies, Abortus started out in Sydney, Australia in mid 1998. They began as a 5-piece band featuring Gooch (guitar), George (bass), Matt (drums), Marty (guitar) and Nev (vocals). During the first three months Abortus recorded a four-song demo with the remaining membership of Marty (guitars), now Jeff (vocals) and Nev (vocals). Soon after, original singer Nev Burrows (ex-Cheynetoke) was forced to resign for personal reasons, with Jeff replacing him for only long enough to record one demo and two months after joining the band; he was fired because of an apparent lack of dedication.
After several unsuccessful attempts to find the right front man with was even talk of Abortus remaining as a four-piece band with Marty on lead vocals/rhythm guitar. But before that idea could get off the ground they received a call from Mark Jack White (ex-Cheynestoke), stating that he was interested in trying out for the band as vocalist.
After some intense rehearsals, in early January 1999, Abortus was finally ready to raise it's flag around the local scene and see how many people would salute it; the local Metalheads gave them a favorable reception. But after only a few gigs they experienced some more line-up troubles with Marty leaving the band (forced to leave because of conflicting interests). Abortus decided to go on as a four-piece for a while, using the services of a part time rhythm guitarist (only for live purposes), being ex-Majister guitarist Rob Likoski. The line-up had finally settled with Mark Jack White (vocals), George Gooch Trajkovski (guitar), Matt Herd (drums) and George Kozaroski (bass) with the aforementioned guest guitarist to complete their debut effort, Judge Me Not (1999).
Securing tour opportunities with Australia acts Sadistik Execution and Dreadnaught and, finally the big-named American act Nevermore on their Australian tour. Matt Herd then left the band, making room for Michael Stojcevski, and in January 2001 their second full-length, Process Of Elimination arrived on Italian label 'Code666'. Dave Upston (ex-Inferis) then assumed the drum spot. In 2002 the band split to reform as Herratik.