Mortal Decay - _Brutalizing Creations_
by: Brian Meloon (not rated)
This is semi-technical death metal, well played and reasonably complex, but way too much like Cannibal Corpse for the band's own good. The demo is a little rough, both technically and in production values, as you'd expect, but this isn't a problem. The vocals seem to vary quite a bit, from barely discernible and very guttural to thrash like shouts, and even some black-metallish screams, which help to break up the monotony. Also helping to this end are the complex structures of the songs, which never seem to get stuck in any kind of rut, as they're frequently changing tempos and riffs. This does tend to leave me without a good sense of each song's purpose, but that doesn't bother me. The playing is on all counts good, with some impressive sections here and there, but nothing that really shocked me, especially not the song titles, like "Opening the Graves" and "Soaking in Entrails". Yeah, come on guys, grow up. Still, for what it is, it's well done.

Contact: Mortal Decay, c/o Anthony Ipri

(article published 9/2/1996)

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