Morbid Dimensions

Not to be confused with Colorado’s tech death Execration or the many other Execrations, Norway’s Execration are an altogether different beast. Sounding very similar to country mates Obliteration, Execration play a murky, psychedelic and heavily Autopsy influenced style of death metal (also, think a nastier, dirtier version of Morbus Chron) that isn’t a quick, easy listen, but is a perfectly nauseating and mind-altering trip for those that prefer a little more chaotic and nightmarish ichor in their death metal.

Those wanting catchy or memorable riffs should look elsewhere. Morbid Dimensions is a miasma of muculent, viscous riffs, throaty barks and strains of demented atmospherics. Look no further than 7-minute opener “Cosmic Mausoleum” which takes a few minutes to get going after some crawling, oozing bars that really set the mood and could have come from Autopsy‘s Retribution for the Dead EP.

And that’s pretty well the template for the next 53 minutes as the next 8 lengthy (6-8 minutes) tracks ooze and tumble through a plethora of punky, but chaotic muddy blast beats, sickly lurches and fiendish ambiance. You won’t have a song to single out or hum along to, but rather an open festering wound to pick at. The throbbing jangly bass acts like tendons underneath the purposely mangled guitar tone, and the whole thing, as fleshy as it is, is caked in an almost cosmic, alien goo, awaiting for some foul tentacled creature to emerge from the viscera.

Singling out tracks amid the filth is hard, but the likes of “Dopplegangers”, “Miasmal Sabbath” and the title track seem to have bored into my cavities more than the others, like a nematode burrowing under my skin. But certainly the slower psychedelic seep of “Tribulation Shackles” or “Vestiges” deliver some creepy crawly, skin scratching moments as well. Then there’s some direct, furious Autopsy-ish sloppy-ness on “Funeral Procession” and “Ancient Tongue”. And the end result is a pretty darn impressive album that’s a nice break from all of the super-clean tech death or shoegazey black metal I’ve been listening to and added some nasty to the end of 2014.

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Written by Erik T
January 12th, 2015


  1. Commented by: gabaghoul

    great album, did not expect the ooky atmosphere and doom elements. some parts remind me of Goblin.

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