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Morbid Insulter - Strike from the Grave

Strike From The Grave - 80%

LickMyOrangeBallsHalfling, September 5th, 2019

In an interview for the zine Cai Cai Vilu, Morbid Insulter frontman E. Expulser proudly proclaimed, "Fuck all this depressed, tree-hugging, pro-nature, Norwegian harlotry!" And indeed, Morbid Insulter's music is much more inspired by brutish, thrashy first wave black metal, which just so happens to be my favorite kind. Most of this demo goes along at a pretty frantic pace, and the constant blast beats actually work pretty well when they're punctuated by some more midpaced sections. Normally I'm not a big fan of near-nonstop blasting, but it works quite well here, for whatever reason. As for the riffs, speed up the first Kreator album about 25% and you've got a good approximation of the guitar style: Lightning fast palm muted tremolo picking that drills deep into your skull. Expulser knows how to make the songs catchy while still maintaining the aggression.

I also enjoy the eerie guitar melodies that often overlap the slower sections, reminiscent of Nifelheim. The midsection of "Deathfuck Bizarre" is a good example, but the rest of the song is just as good. The vocals are lower pitched than your average black metal band, and Expulser's voice reminds me of Blasphemy: growly enough to be unusual for black metal, but evil-sounding enough to make it work. The lyrics are incomprehensible, but if you're listening to black metal for the lyrics, you're gonna be disappointed most of the time.

You're not really gonna find anything groundbreaking on this demo, but as someone who has a sweet tooth for blackened thrash riffs, it's a lot of fun to listen to. So if you're like Expulser, and aren't too fond of "depressed, tree-hugging, pro-nature, Norwegian harlotry," you might as well give Morbid Insulter a shot.