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Slaughter - 70%

KonradKantor, May 4th, 2012

"Horror has a face...and you must make a friend of horror. Horror and moral terror are your friends."

Mordax is yet another band that mixes together two extreme genres of music that once graced our childhood and adolescent years with terrifying rage. These Danish newcomers bring nearly thirty minutes of ripping power to the table at a time during which it's scarily becoming more and more acceptable for bands to release "LP's" only half the length of Slaughter. Although the trend of what has been dubbed "Thrashened Death" is growing, I do not wish to imply that it's a contrived attempt to "revive" any older genres of music. It only makes sense that up-and-coming musicians would begin their careers playing the styles of music that they are most familiar with. Slaughter is reminiscent of both Bay Area thrash and old school death metal, yet is unique in its own way. Although members of Mordax don't venture too far outside of their own comfort zone in this debut, they've certainly put one hell of an effort into it, which makes the album quite fun to listen to.

Just imagine devouring a thick, juicy, 18oz. rib-eye and having it digest faster than a Cobb salad. That's the feeling that Slaughter gives off, as the album's thrashier elements give a lightning-speed super-charge to its sturdier, death metal portions. The coolest aspect of the album is the versatility of its guitar solos. "A Slaughter In The Dark", for example, is perfectly reminiscent of the beautifully tranquil Master of Puppets tuning, while "Devoured By Life" is a great demonstration of good ole' death-n-roll. Slaughter's variations are a sign that Mordax isn't afraid to approach their songwriting from different angles, as each song contains enough to excite the listener without veering them too far off course. While the album will definitely remind you of some classic bands, you won't be fooled into thinking you're listening to something that's not from the present day. Slaughter is certainly proof that the Mordax has the talent and incentive needed to achieve higher standards with each future release.

"There is no heaven, there is no hell; there is only this world and its dark reflection."

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