Monday, September 26, 2011
Morbus Chron - Sleepers In The Rift
Man, what is it about Swedish death metal bands that don't sound Swedish? From Gorement to Wombbath, they pretty much universally kick ass. Carrying that torch into the 21st century are Morbus Chron, a Stockholm quartet who have been turning some heads with their own brand of mordantly humorous Autopsy inspired death metal.
Their debut Pulverized Records full length, Sleepers In The Rift, sounds like Severed Survival with a sense of fun. Look at that fuckin' cover art! What the fuck even is it? It doesn't even have a fucking title on it!
Featuring song titles like "Creepy Creeping Creeps" and filthy, squealing guitar leads that sound like the solo from Charred Remains played by BB King, this is some very catchy and yes, FUN death metal. The vocals are are somewhere in between Chris Reifert and Chuck Schuldiner; any death metal fan should know the kind of gravel throated howl I'm referring to. The songs range from thrashing Scream Bloody Gore death to blatant Autopsy worship, but maintain their own uniform sneering, wild eyed identity.
Though they are sonically closest to Autopsy, the fun lovin' corpse rapin' attitude of Morbus Chron owes a lot to Impetigo. Did I mention there are Lovecraftian themes as well? I haven't read the lyrics, but I know my H.P. and I imagine "Red Hook Horror" is a pleasantly grisly little number.
All in all, I'm very excited about Morbus Chron because I can't think of any other recent death metal band that combines this style of death metal, a wicked sense of humor, and such utter QUALITY in one package.