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Review: Mortuary Drape - Buried In Time
Mortuary Drape
Buried In Time

Label: Avantgarde Music
Year released: 2004
Duration: 59:42
Tracks: 11
Genre: Black/Thrash

Rating: 4.5/5

Review online: March 9, 2005
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Readers Rating
Buried In Time

Rated 4.17/5 (83.33%) (12 Votes)

From the name I expected this band to be a depressive-sounding outfit like Forgotten Tomb, but I was wrong about that. Mortuary Drape are from Italy, previously not much thought of as a haven for extreme metal, though that is changing these days. This is their fourth album, and I have not heard their old ones, though I have heard some songs, and overall I was not terribly impressed with their old output. This album, however, kicks some major amounts of ass.

Forget the name, this band is not depressive or dreary. This is heavy, brutal thrashing with a Black Metal attitude. Rather than mix their BM with Death Metal like Belphegor or Behemoth, MD have gone back to old-school Thrash for their riff-inspiration, and this album kicks with chunky, heavy riffs and really impressive drumwork. The sound is thick and brutal, and yet the riffs are distinctly thrash, rather than deathy. Vocals are a harsh, KK Warslut-style rasp, and they are a bit one-dimensional, but they get the job done. The leadwork is very proficient, and rather than just show off, the guitars often slow things down and inject some very melodic riffs into the thundering crunch attack, and this gives Mortuary Drape a degree of musicality and individuality that raises the album above just enjoyable. There's not a single clinker on this CD, and from the opening hammer of "Unfading Revenge" through the crushing "Deep Void", the melodic and powerful "Look Behind" to the awesome "Who Calls Me"…man, if I keep trying to list the good songs, I'm going to end up listing all of it.

So "Buried In Time" is nothing really original, but it is just a vicious, killer riff-fest from top to bottom. This band's older material was more old-school BM, and so I'm sure nitpickers will cry sellout. But I do not care myself, as this album just kicks ass. A lean and mean thrashing black assault from track one.

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