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Review: Morgoth - Ungod

Label: Century Media Records
Year released: 2015
Duration: 46:51
Tracks: 11
Genre: Death Metal

Rating: 4.25/5

Review online: April 19, 2015
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
Readers Rating

Rated 4.18/5 (83.64%) (11 Votes)

German Death Metal pioneers Morgoth are back with one helluva bang. The band’s fourth studio album, titled Ungod, is a clear return to the Death Metal the Morgoth camp was once known for. With the release of their 2014 2-song, people should already forgive and forget the hideous and terrible Feel Sorry for the Fanatic album from 1996 which was more like Industrial/Rock act Die Krupps than Morgoth.

On Ungod Morgoth has firmly planted feet on Death Metal soil again and in an admirable way. With new growler Karsten Jäger, who earned his stripes in Disbelief, Morgoth has made an impressive comeback album. In fact, I would place Ungod somewhere in between the band’s 1991 Cursed album and 1993’s Odium with a little more emphasis on Cursed. Their songs have been brewed in a deep, murky and venomous Death Metal cauldron and the result sounds like good old Morgoth exactly what we want to hear and enjoy from this legendary German Death Metal team. Now it’s been proven that talk of going back to their roots wasn’t just talk; they have really done so on Ungod and that’s über-great!

What I found a bit odd though is the fact new frontman Karsten sounds confusingly like the band’s previous vocalist Marc Grewe. Is it really Karsten singing on this opus or perhaps Marc? I would also guess Karsten has heard it before but he also sounds a lot like Chuck Schuldiner, not that there’s anything wrong with that.

The bottom line is that Morgoth has done what was promised and that’s a return to the true Death Metal of their early years and that makes Ungod one of the most pleasing and positive surprises of the year thus far. Glad they are back.

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