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"No, it's not." - 73%

mentalendoscopy, August 19th, 2010

Mortician. Oh, to wonder how many female panties have been soiled at the mere mention of that accursed name! More savage, brutal, and evil than their technical, more political contemporaries, Mortician have never let up for a second on an album ever in the history of time. Never. Unlike their contemporaries in bands like Last Days of Humanity and Mumakil, however, they are brutal in a death metal sense as well as in a grindcore sense. The group often plays at slower speeds to pummel the listener into a permanate catatonic state, leaving the listener stranded by the side of the road, chased by Tall Man (from Phantasm, you bitch!).

However, on their debut EP, "Brutally Mutilated" (1990), they sounded quite a bit different. On first listen, the only samples used are rather short in comparison to the long, drawn out murder sequences the band would later become known for, as well as the vocal style, which is sung in a higher pitched, more traditional death metal voice instead of the guttural, skin-tearing grunts and growls the band would later adopt. No drum machine either, as the drums are instead played by a human being (albeit no less fast). Even the band's infamous bass tone is toned down in favor of a cleaner sound.

The tracks bare little resemblance to the versions later recorded for "Hacked up for Barbeque" (1996) as they lean more towards grindcore than death metal. Open chords are used much more often, and the guitar tone is more staticy, and is bass-ridden. The drums are played rather sloppily, with the slower track ("Necrocannibal") featuring unimaginative, pointless drum beats which do little but match the riff-work. Some tracks have been changed, most obvious with the final track, "Necrocannibal", which adds a whole twenty four seconds to the track before the closing sample kicks in. However, the album offers little in the way of new, interesting material, instead passing itself off as little more than a decent, unimaginative grindcore release.

I would no doubt suggest this album to those who enjoy a good amount of old school, eighties grindcore, but Mortician fans may find little in the way of truly entertaining music here. It sounds a great deal like "Scum"-era Napalm Death, but less genre-defining or classic and more re-hashed. Check this out if you like grindcore but haven't been able to get into Mortician.