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Review: Mortifilia - Redemption

Label: Mondongo Canibale Records
Year released: 2005
Duration: 33:05
Tracks: 10
Genre: Death Metal

Rating: 4/5

Review online: December 16, 2006
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
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Mortifilia are a Czech Death Metal band who play a rather technical Swedish style of DM, sometimes verging into Melodeath territory, but not too much. This is their third album, and it's pretty fucking good.

I can't say Mortifilia are genre-defining, or that they are doing anything that hasn't been done a thousand times before, because they aren't. But they do take their influences (Death, Entombed, God Dethroned, Kataklysm) and make their own sound out of them. The opener "Just Funny Day" is rather weak, but both "Sacrificial Gore" and "Romance Of Death" feature some sweet riffs, and none of the other tracks are bad in the slightest, especially the extra-crunchy title track. I can't rate stuff this derivative too highly, but if you are a Death fan looking for new bands, this album will definitely get your rocks off. Redemption delivers plenty of solid, visceral Death Metal of the old Swedish school with just a flash of extra melody to keep things interesting. While not as cool as other Eastern European bands like Eciton or Trauma, Mortifilia are cool just the same. Recommended.

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