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Review: Mortician - Shout for Heavy Metal
Shout for Heavy Metal

Label: Pure Steel Records
Year released: 2014
Duration: 41:53
Tracks: 9
Genre: Heavy Metal

Rating: 2/5

Review online: March 7, 2015
Reviewed by: MetalMike
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Shout for Heavy Metal

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Shout for Heavy Metal is the second full-length for Austria's Mortician (third if you count the No War & More compilation) since they reformed in 2009 after initially being active in the 80s. I sincerely disliked the compilation but thought the Mortician album that followed was a fun slice of loose, NWOBHM-inspired Heavy Metal. This new album is a step back for the band, mainly due to the vocals which I will get to shortly. The music is sort of a cross between the early American Metal of Motley Crue or Keel, with its "happy," pop melodies, and the darker music that came out of Europe during the 80s. Neither the riffs nor the solos are remarkable but there's nothing offensive. In my review of Mortician I called the singer a poor man's King Diamond and while he is still all over the place, from low growls to high-pitched screams, I've rarely heard someone who seems to be able to sing in tune sound so bad. I don't know who wrote the vocal lines but they often sound like they were meant for an entirely different song. Maybe they were written in another language, translated into English and just shoehorned into the songs. I don't know but some are downright awful and that brings me to the singing. The pronunciation, which seemed charming on the last album, is horrific on Shout for Heavy Metal and that is a huge distraction. Add truly puerile lyrics and this album is just painful to sit through.

Mortician offers nothing you haven't heard except for the singing which is unbearable. I thought they were going in the right direction but that doesn't seem to be the case. Don't waste your time.

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