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Review: Mortalicum - Eyes of the Demon
Eyes of the Demon

Label: Metal on Metal Records
Year released: 2015
Duration: 45:09
Tracks: 10
Genre: Heavy/Doom

Rating: 4/5

Review online: January 15, 2017
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
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Eyes of the Demon

Rated 4/5 (80%) (9 Votes)

This trio named Mortalicum, from Sundsvall, Sweden, are back in the limelight again, this time with their fourth full-length studio album, Eyes of the Demon. Being a Swedish musician – and Metal musician especially – most often also means quality, and the Mortalicum camp makes no exception to this unwritten rule.

Mortalicum's proto-Doom, à la Black Sabbath, added with some true determination and dedication to capture some of those golden past times, has always worked well on each record they have released. The same continues on Eyes of the Demon. These Swedes have an incredible way of adding that 70s touch: it's as rooty, authentic and warm sounding as it can be, leaving no question marks hanging above anyone's head where they come from. Their recipe has remained unchanged from one album to another. Then again, why fix something that isn't broken and, fortunately, the basic structures of Mortalicum's music have been wonderfully well built, so there's little to be fixed. The members have obviously dedicated their life totally to this style of 70s-flavored heavy music (did I already mention Black Sabbath? I guess I did), otherwise there's simply no way they could sound as convincing and mesmerizing as they do. Bluesy, groovy, partly ominous and relaxed jamming type of stuff is what always does the trick, plagiarizing the strong, spicy recipe that Black Sabbath left for future generations.

Eyes of the Demon is a very enjoyable record, especially for those of you who tend to miss this 70s down-to-earth approach in a heavier form of music. Besides, we all love Black Sabbath, don't we?

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