Monday, September 17, 2012

Mortor-Shoot 'Em Up


This is a self-release? Really? Someone, somewhere must have had this band's music slide across their desk and then (you can't see it folks, but I'm shaking my head in disbelief) passed on it for yet another lame radio metal band. In the words of our good friend Mr. T-"I pity the fool!". There should be a special place in hell for record labels that let band's like Ottawa, ON based Mortor remain unsigned while subjecting us to the same crap "metal" bands over and over. Mortor, who formed in 2008 and were "Born from the creative mind of rhythm guitarist David Paquette", give us the follow-up to their 2010 debut release "Metal Ride". Over my second cup of coffee I am (pleasantly) having my ears assaulted by a band obvious influenced by Sodom (as well as Slayer, Testament, Kreator, Motörhead, Sepultra and Morbid Angel) that sounds like they have been at it for longer then their bio suggests. This is mature, well-crafted, perfectly executed death thrash with sinister vocals, meaty guitar hooks, barbaric drumming and gritty bass (the bass especially reminded me a lot of Sodom or, to a lesser extent, Slayer). What is really nice though is the fact that there is nothing "paint-by-numbers" about Mortor. While a lot of death metal/thrash bands sound nasty enough it almost sounds as if they are just going through the motions. Not Mortor. On their sophomore release Mortor tear a hole the sky and thrash and bash their way through it. Again, Mortor are one of those bands that is not for your casual "metal" fan. No, this is for those who like it LOUD, FAST and HEAVY. Simply put good stuff and an album made by metal fans for metal fans. If only every Monday morning could be spent with a band like Mortor. That would be bliss folks...pure bliss. Do yourself a favor and just get this album.

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