Mortician - _House By The Cemetary_
(Relapse Records, 1996)
by: Gino Filicetti (5 out of 10)
As I was putting this CD into my BRAND NEW STEREO, I wasn't expecting a whole hell of a lot out of it. I kind of feel bad that I have to give the first CD reviewed out of my new kick ass system such shitty marks, but hey, it is honesty that you underground types cherish above all else isn't it? Anyways, this is Mortician's latest release to the civilized world. There is but one thing to say about this CD: sick! The album starts with a sample from some obscure horror flick (Will Rahmer, the vocalist, is a horror/slasher film aficionado) that proceeds into some monstrously slow and heavy chugging grind. Blast beats also abound on this album, but since the death of Mortician's drummer, Matt Sicher, the band has been a duo; therefore drum machines are used in place of the real "thang" which makes the blast beats nothing more than a complete joke. The vocals are probably some of the deepest, sickest, most guttural type I've ever heard. I'll leave it up to the reader to decide whether that's his or her cup of tea. Some redeeming qualities about this album are the covers of Celtic Frost's, "Procreation of the Wicked" and the old Napalm Death classic, "Scum". The low tunage of the instruments coupled with the depth of the vocals make for an interesting interpretation of said tunes. I say after you heard the first track, you've heard it all, so you decide.

(article published 9/2/1996)

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