Mortician - _Hacked Up for Barbecue_
(Relapse, 1997)
by: Adrian Bromley (6 out of 10)
I have never been a fan of Mortician and I still continue to feel the same way about the band and the music the duo Will Rahmer (bass/vocals) and Roger Beaujard (guitar/drum programming) create. Sort of. While I was not a fan of 1996's _House by the Cemetary_, there is something intriguing and kind of interesting about the twenty-four songs and numerous samples used on their sophomore album, _Hacked Up For Barbecue_, especially the FUCKIN' CREEPY intro sample of "Bloodcraving". Rahmer is a horror/slasher film aficionado and that love of demented tales and visions when coupled with savage riffs, deep guttural vocals and low-tuned bursts of intensity make the music powerful and crafty. Songs to crank loud: title track, "Fog of Death", and "Necrocannibal". The only downside to this album, as with most Mortician records, is that the album radiates a very similar sound and style throughout. It's fast and it's utterly disgusting at times. A sick nightmare brought to reality is what _HUfB_ seems to have shaped itself into. Brilliantly executed, yet sickly demented.

(article published 4/2/1997)

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