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Morbid Messiah - Demoniac Paroxysm

Finally! After being wowed by their debut EP, ‘In the Name of True Death Metal’ (reviewed here) back in 2016, Memento Mori are gracing us with the debut full length from these Mexicans masters of death. ‘Demoniac Paroxysm’ is out later this month and is a fitting follow up.

The guitar tone remains as brutal as ever, piling rabid old school riffing on top of corpses left by the roaring vocals. The thrashing ‘Charred Devastation’ is intense, while the grinding chug of ‘Devoured by Darkness’ is an unpolished gem. Morbid Messiah are still lacking all those frills and now they’ve upped the song writing levels to new heights. ‘Demoniac Paroxysm’ lacks subtlety and grace, but that makes it very special. There is no regard for a trend, merely the execution of true death fucking metal. It goes for the jugular constantly and consistently; a flailing and rabid animal.

Memento Mori seem to have a Midas touch when it comes to great, honest death metal bands and they have another here. Morbid Messiah have fulfilled the promise of their EP, and with tracks like ‘Howling from the Grave’ and the savage ‘Fetid Bloodbath’ to wield, it looks like they’ll be slaying for a long time yet. Awesome.

Rotheads - Sewer Fiends

Romanian death metallers Rotheads have emerged from the dense, ugly underground to bring us their debut full length, ‘Sewer Fiends’. In a stunning turn of events, this is yet another high quality record released by Memento Mori Records, which is frankly becoming THE label for underground death metal to be heard and appreciated. ‘Sewer Fiends’ is out now.

As you could guess from the artwork, this is a record dragged from the depths of sludgey, slimy death metal filth. The opening title track has the kind of guitar tone that feels like it has been steeping in fetid waste for years, and the creeping melodies that lurk beneath are disturbing. This is chaotic, disgusting metal of death; the kind that you’d find dredging a swamp. ‘From the Glowing Goo Rise’ has that kind of crawling chaos vibe about it, a monstrous rumble echoes throughout while cavernous roars belch vile incantations. There’s a reek of ancient Finnish death, like Demigod or even a hint of the likes of Grave in there too.

It all comes to a writhing, miasmic head in the megalithic ‘The Mad Oracle of Seweropolis’, a near eleven minute opus of swampy, Autopsy worshipping death metal of the highest order, punctured only briefly in places by islands of eerie melody. ‘Sewer Fiends’ is a magnificent accomplishment, where Rotheads have immediately dropped a potentially future classic with their first full length. Murky, mouldy and morbid, this is truly special.


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Greek death metallers Ectoplasma have found a home at Memento Mori to release their second full length record and, fittingly for Memento Mori, this is a properly old school death metal record, reeking of the most ancient birthplaces of the genre. ‘Cavern of Foul Unbeings’ is out on the 22nd January.

What fetid corruption writhes across the frets of the guitars conjuring the death metal within this record. It is harsh, ugly; thick with menace and accompanied by monstrous roars. Dragging early Death, Autopsy and the likes from their graves, sending invigorating shocks into the genre with a really heavy low end barrelling through. Guttural roars pair with a matted wall of death metal riffing, like a morbid vine patch entwining your fate. You cannot escape, and with the likes of the groaning ‘Seized in Cimmerian Darkness’ or the unearthly crush of ‘Mortified and Despised’, you probably wouldn’t want to.

The only minor complaint you might have is, at 52 minutes, it is a little long for an album of this style. I can manage it fine, some may not. Ectoplasma are excellent, and ‘Cavern of Foul Unbeings’ is a record that dredges those dank swamps for the primest of old school death metal. Brutal.

This is the debut record of Italian death metallers Ekpyrosis, and ‘Asphyxiating Devotion’ is a resolutely old school death metal album, channelling the glorious blasphemy of the likes of Incantation or Immolation. It is due out tomorrow through Memento Mori so you know its pedigree is going to be good.

Opening behemoth ‘Profound Death’ speaks volumes for their craft. A rumbling, savage monster of a track, it drips with classic death metal influences. Not just the feel of death but the inevitable, creeping decay that comes to that which dies. Chained to that morbidity is a deep aversion to religion, as the titles ‘God Grotesque’ and ‘Morticians of God’ may give away. It is a mix that has always worked well in death metal, and the Deicide-esque, waspish ‘Depths of Tribulation’ is testament to that fact.

The crawling ‘Obsessive Christendom’ is a evil favourite of mine here, flailing and scrambling across broken corpses. To be honest though, you’d be pushed to find a bad song on a record that shows a remarkable maturity for a debut. I’m saying that a lot recently, but Ekpyrosis have nailed a classic death metal sound without sounding too derivative. ‘Asphyxiating Devotion’ is brutal brilliance.

Chilean lords of darkness and death Infamovs have exploded onto the international scene with ‘Under the Seals of Death’, their debut full length that is gracing us early next year through the fantastic and always reliable Memento Mori label. ‘Under the Seals of Death’ is a half hour exercise in what death metal, South American style, is all about.

Opener ‘Into the Death’  is typical of the whirlwind howl that prvades this record from the start. A howling, deathly wind tunnel of a song where dense riffing curls around morbid growls to satiate even the most hungry for death. There’s traces of early Floridian death metal, particularly Deicide in the guttural rage of ‘Impure Plagiarisms’, but the innate ferocity and uncompromising brutality is pure South America. The battering carnage of ” is a personal highlight; it grabs straight to the jugular and aims for the kill.

The irresistable drive of Infamovs to steamroll all those who stand in the way is achieved purely through their chunky, deathly riffage that both enraptures and invigorates with each listen. ‘Gods of Pestilence’ thunders along like a lost Vader track, with devastating simplicity as the rumbling influences of Bolt Thrower sneak into ‘Interlude’.  And yet, you may never hear this album because of where it is made etc. But ‘Under the Seals of Death’ is looking to be the first essential record of 2017. Crushing, deathly glory!

Deprive - Temple of the Lost Wisdom

One man Spanish death metal band Deprive have dropped their new album ‘Temple of the Lost Wisdom’ on the much respected Memento Mori, a label that keeps releasing high quality music month after month. Deprive aim for that melancholic 90s death metal sound, along the lines of Paradise Lost and Amorphis, while not skimping on the heaviness. Good stuff should await…

There’s a very obvious Morbid Angel feel about the opening rage of ‘Other Earth’, with a rumbling sway to the brutality. Mournful riffs swoop in, bringing to mind eldritch graveyards, lost in mist and time, and each element comes together as one crushing whole. It reaffirms my love of death metal in four minutes, taking a path less travelled. No afraid to weave in beautiful solos and guttural growls,  Deprive’s music is dark, heavy but instantly accessible due to the stellar melodies. The morbid atmospheres have this timeless ache about them, weeping across moments of sheer, conquering brutality. The title track exemplifies this approach.

‘Gospel of the Black Sun’ is a particular highlight, with a great mix of gloomy melody and battering death metal ferocity. But all the tracks here have that same high quality collaboration between the light and the dark, the melancholy and the brutality. ‘Temple of the Lost Wisdom’ feels like a lost classic, given a contemporary production and belched into the modern era. Vintage stuff that will go down as one of my favourite 2016 releases.

Memento Mori are building a reputation for having some of the best death metal releases on their roster, it looks like Portland, Oregon’s Torture Rack is going to add their ‘Barbaric Persecution’ to that list. An album that follows the recent trend for vile, filth ridden death metal that summons the ancient spirits of Autopsy and early Cannibal Corpse.

The intro dredges up those crawling, evil riffs from chasms of evil and death, and that dread lurks at the edge of your consciousness as you are subjected to a relentless, battering assault. ‘Talent for Torture’ is a thrashy, short sharp burst of unbridled fury, while the excellently titled ‘Apocalyptic Wrath of the Undead’ is a churning, punishing collection of Autopsy riffs and an almost Obituary-like stomp. That Obituary stomp comes into play most effectively in the brutally catchy ‘Sentenced to Gang Rape’.

‘Barbaric Persecution’ is just that; barbaric. A cacophony of sludgy brutality that show no respect for life nor limb. The musical equivalent of being strapped to a table and ritually dissected with rusty implements. Torture Rack have got some great riffing, and the heavy debt they pay to Autopsy and Coffins is worth every single bloodsoaked riff. This kind of ‘Old School Death Metal’ works for me, and even though it never wins any originality awards, it always has me banging my head and begging for more. I love this record