Mortification - _Envision EvAngelene_
(Nuclear Blast, 1996)
by: Adrian Bromley (3 out of 10)
Not that I have anything against bands spreading their visions and views in their music, but with Mortification and their rather firm stance on Christianity in their music, it just seems TOO overbearing at times. Singer/bassist/lyricist Steve Rowe is constantly ramming down our throats and into our minds every single excerpt from the Bible or reference to Christianity he can (even in the packaging) with every line in every song - too much I say. And if that isn't enough to turn me away from the band and the music they create, the music on the band's latest album, _Envision EvAngelene_ is nothing spectacular either. This record is much more cluttered with references and preachings than their last record _Primitive Rhythm Machine_. Death metal buried beneath a HUGE Bible would best describe this effort. The riffs seem stagnant and the vocals are hoarse and uninspiring as the record goes on, though the 18+ minute epic title track is pretty cool. Maybe I like music more with a message and a thunderous walllop rather than just a enormous message and no dominating noise factor.

(article published 12/8/1996)

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