Mortör
Burn Up The Dead

Full on death/thrash from Canada, can’t go wrong with that right?. Mortör are like the perfect soundtrack for an intense gaming session of Doom or Call of Duty, be it as an individual or while playing online with others, this music will just fuel the adrenaline, and spur on that killer instinct.

Guitars are of the heavy riffing sort, an unrelenting sawblade assault that cuts you down with its intensity.( “A Place In Hell “) The 1-2 1-2 drumming are the 120 MM guns, just set on pounding you into submission. The shouted, deep throated roar of vocalist & bassist Jonathan Boulay, acts as the battlefield commander shouting out battlefield orders to the troops above the cacophony of war. Some standout tracks are opening track “Pleasure of Hate”, I love the standout bass in the production. Jonathan’s playing really gives you that added punch.

When listening to this, touches of Exodus (with Rob Dukes) a slight touch of Demolition Hammer and Sodom are all part of the auditory assault but primarily I would say this is if Overkill had a more death style approach (this is musically of course, not vocally) I say this because in opener “Pleasure of Hate” there are a lot of moments in the sound and plus the bass playing is a bit more evident in some of the other songs as well. The title track “Burn Up The Dead” is another which may ( or may not ) give a tip of the hat to Overkill. Then with songs like “The Executioner”, “Sold To Bleed”, slows things down a tad with a more mid paced overall presentation but still manages to intersperse those mad riffing skills and solo moments. Then there is “Parasite” with its almost catchy chorus and “Bloody Mess” with its interesting song structure, heavy at times, melodic in others and all the while still maintaining the Mortör 

Mortör have been on my listening radar for a bit from their first album Shoot Em All (see? Another video game tie in ) and having heard this album also, I was generally pleased with their overall intensity and their raucous energy and with this album, continues that trend. Nothing groundbreaking by any means, but nowadays with the proliferation of all metal bands and in all genres, you have to listen and adjust accordingly, hence by applying the video game reference it gives you that much more appreciation, I think. Also, just look at that cover art, it just screams video gaming.

Not a whole lot of subtleties involved with this record but like mentioned above it’s not necessarily a bad thing, just perfect background music.So call your friends, get the case of Redbull, put on the gaming console, sit down and get ready for war! both musically and video game speaking of course!

 

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Written by Will 'Bones' Lee
July 20th, 2017

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