|Review: Morbidity - Pits of Eternal Torment|
|Pits of Eternal Torment|
Year released: 2012
Genre: Death Metal
Review online: July 1, 2012
Reviewed by: Memnarch
for:Pits of Eternal Torment
Everything about the presentation of and image given off by Morbidity just screams ‘Old School', from the fantastic logo to the depraved Xerox-styled scrawling that passes for a cover to the song titles themselves. So you'd be forgiven for thinking in all their ancient idolatry that this death metal outfit crawled out of the gutter somewhere remote in Scandinavia, when in actual fact they hail from rather more unfamiliar climes, Bangladesh in fact. Not exactly a place renowned for its metal prowess never mind bone-grinding death metal, and given the country's highly conservative Islamic background is certainly not a style of music that would be looked down upon with much sympathy.
Even though only a demo, Pits of Eternal Torment actually contains some very promising material even if it does sound like it was recorded in an aluminium toilet cubicle. Musically the band is shooting for that erratically loose and rabid death metal sound exemplified by those of the Swedish scene such as Morbid and Nihilist together with the stripped-back thrash rhythms and energy of Hellhammer. They hit it with a good deal of success, the riffing while suffering from a strikingly weak tone is pretty damn good at times, propelling through a welcome heavy dose of macabre groove. The drumming is similarly very impressive but the vocals are suffocated heavily by the poor production and it's difficult to decipher any discernible patterns or power from them.
Basically with song titles such as "Let there be Chaos" and a Nunslaughter cover added in for good measure, Pits of Eternal Torment" does what it says on the tin, no-nonsense filth-laden death metal that's rougher than a hooker's arsehole. It's extremely short and there's still wide scope for improvement but nonetheless the promise is visibly apparent and there's enough to make me believe the band are capable of taking that next step. With a decent label behind them, I can easily see Morbidity releasing something exceptional indeed, and it's interesting to note they're bringing out a full-length on Me Saco un Ojo Records soon, which should really give them that push to the next level. Here's hoping, because this is the sort of encouragement bands like this need from those lesser known corners of the metal globe to get their music out there.
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