(Repulsive Echo Records)
The trio from Milwaukee, founded in 1990, is one of the few acts that have never thrown themselves into the trend and over statement. Since their origin, with the now classic demos “Gory Departure” and “Prolong The Agony”, they remained undeterred in their path. They are still delivering with breathtaking innovations and one can always seek into MORTA SKULD, what it’s meant to be the flagbearer of old school sound and ideals. Their whole discography lacks anything contemporary. So, their two latest full-lengths, “Wounds Deeper Than Time” (2017) and “Suffer For Nothing” (2020), might get lost in the endless pit full of releases of these times, but only time will remind everyone again, about the essence of these albums that reflect this era. No wonder, conservatives are complaining high, which was actually started when MORTA SKULD released their fourth full-length “Surface” in 1995. Countless arguments and counter-arguments about this record can jolt mind and thoughts, but one thing that will always remain with the “Surface” album is: its lack of anything contemporary. Definitely groovier than earlier releases, but totally well-made and technically classy, without any moments of gimmick. Here they captured mid-tempo sounding Death Metal with a distinct Thrash heritage, not overused blast-beats and solid low Death Metal vocals. No matter if you’re listening to the album as a whole or if you start with now-classic numbers like ‘The Killing Machines’, ‘The Anger In Disguise’, ‘Time Will Never Forget’, ‘Surface’ or ‘In Nothing We Trust’, they are all built upon riff-based songwriting with solid strong riffs and memorable transitions, traditional song structures with tempo changes and riffing variations, short and simple yet tangling solos and the secret art of keeping all songs within the four minutes length. Revisiting an old classic shall give such rejoices and always reminds any old or new followers of them that we are dealing with a band here that knows their craft. The cover of the CD gives relatively little indication of what awaits you inside, but Repulsive Echo Records did a praise worthy effort by reviving this classic and releasing limited copies of digipak CDs and LPs with a remastered sound. I can only highly recommend you to get it before they completely have disappeared again. Then it will be too late, as this release definitely deserves to be in your collection. Find out more about the band and label here: www.facebook.com/mortaskuld, www.facebook.com/repulsiveecho.