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Review: Mortalicum - Tears from the Grave
Tears from the Grave

Label: Metal on Metal Records
Year released: 2014
Duration: 63:38
Tracks: 8
Genre: Heavy Metal

Rating: 4/5

Review online: May 29, 2014
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
Readers Rating
Tears from the Grave

Rated 4/5 (80%) (7 Votes)

Nothing beats authentic, old school, groovy laid-back Heavy Rock (or Metal), does it? From Sundsvall, Sweden comes this trio, Mortalicum, a band that has taken those ideals to heart.

Tears from the Grave is Mortalicum's third full-length, and it is a continuation of the victory march they started with their debut album, Progress of Doom, released in 2010. The musical recipe has stayed untouched; they still know how to churn out warm, stripped-down and very authentic Sabbath-influenced stuff, sticking with the elements that made their previous albums so easy to digest. Why fix something that isn't broken?

Mortalicum have the ability to mesmerize those listeners that understand what these Swedes do. At their best, they are definitely at the horizon, creating eerie and oppressive melodies, which truly penetrate your soul. The album's title track is a fine example of just that. Tony Iommi's influence and spirit is undoubtedly a strong part of Mortalicum's sound, no doubt. As a counterweight, and to lighten things up a little bit, Mortalicum know how to rock beautifully, as tracks such as "The Endless Sacrifice" and "Spirits of the Dead" prove loud and clear. Henrik Högl's has amazing, soft vocals and I love the way the bass sound comes through the mix clear and strong, providing solid backbone for all the songs.

If you are still wondering if you should invest in Tears from the Grave, head over to Metal on Metal Records' Bandcamp page for some samples. That should help you see the album's potential. I certainly did.

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