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Adventurous progressive death metal outfit Gory Blister are an Italian act with apparently only one thing in mind: rewrite old Death albums with even more complexity, hooks, and melody, and manage to come out considerably original in the face of the main influence bleeding into the music. However, this singular vision comes across extremely well, and the influence loses nothing over its own translation, creating the extremely rich and complex sound of Skymorphosis (which is the band's first full-length CD in 6 whole years!). Comprised of 13 "real" tracks (the tracks that go with the loose concept of the CD, which is to be discussed later in the review) and one cover (of, you guessed it...Death!), the CD wastes no time and begins with the usual intro track before launching into start-stop-grind moments of technical frenzy and interesting catchy harmonies. Of note is track 7, "I Shall Hang Myself", which is, if I recall correctly, the Blister's longest song to date, with a mature and superior compositional style (despite their terrible band name that doesn't fit the music, as well as the sometimes mind-numbing song titles such as this one, the band is unflinchingly mature in everything it does) that keeps it interesting throughout its 6 minute length. The concept seems to have to do with equal parts space and inner/psychological trouble. With these themes quite unexplored in modern metal, Gory Blister is moving on their own path towards metallic perfection.
(originally written for RateYourMusic.com)