Crucified Mortals
Crucified Mortals

You’re a Deceased fan, aren’t you? I figured as much; I could smell it. Odds are that you fancy a bit of ye olde Slayer too. Am I right? Let us assume for the sake of argument that I am in fact correct in my calculated assumptions and throw in the gamble that horror themes are alright by you as well. In that case, it would seem a recommendation that you check out Crucified MortalsCrucified Mortals wouldn’t be much of a stretch.

The horrifying Cleveland thrashers’ output over the last decade had consisted of a handful of demos, splits, and EPs. Crucified Mortals then is the band’s first full-length album, all 37 minutes of it. And as you’ve now gathered, it recalls the thick riffed and burly vocal approach of Deceased, right down to a gritty bark from guitarist/bassist Craig Horval (The Spawn of Satan, ex-Nunslaughter) that is similar to that of King Fowley. The difference is that Crucified Mortals’ approach is a little less riff-bloated and a little more straight forward, those characteristics being the ones that give Horror Thrashing Death its Slayer tendencies (somewhere between Hell Awaits and Reign in Blood). As a matter of fact, both “Fatal Scheme” and “Masked Murder” are more Slayer than Deceased. “Fatal Scheme” in particular is a real neck-snapper and inclusive of one hell of a bone bustin’ tempo shift, as well as some razor stormin’ soloing.

Ain’t a damn thing wrong with any of that and on the whole Crucified Mortals is a solid effort. A full-bodied production that fattens the bass lines, thickens the riffs, and puts some punch in the drum sound is a definite positive. So it seems that my initial assumptions about your predilection toward thrash metal of this sort were in fact right as rain, which I’m told is pretty darn right.

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Written by Scott Alisoglu
May 2nd, 2011

Comments

  1. Commented by: brutalicon

    I have the double LP “DIE HARD” sitting right next to me and this review makes me want to put it on RIGHT NOW.


  2. Commented by: Staylow

    Pretty spot on with the Deceased/Slayer comparisons. While I did somewhat enjoy this, it failed to really capture my attention the way those bands do.


  3. Commented by: n/a

    This album is self titled, Horror Thrashing Death is not the title.


  4. Commented by: Scott Alisoglu

    You are correct…sorry about that, I grabbed it from the hhr promo page and never changed it. Thanks for catching that!


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