(c)(p)1998 Relapse Records
Review by Neil St.Laurent
Thanks to Relapse for the CD
Mortician, the grinding death act out of Yonkers, is back to assault
us with "Zombie Apocalypse". Although a turbulent past for the band
and its members, the duo of Will Rahmer and Roger Beaujard, and this
time joining them on guitars is Desmond Tolhurst (who formerly lent
the band recording equipment), manage to pump out ten ear bleeding
songs, including covers of "Fuck Of Death" and "Horrified" by
Slaughter and Horrified respectively.
Clocking in at just under 28 minutes, this isn't a very long offering,
and as to be described, it isn't a lot of music. Opening up with some
slashing sounds, set against a classic star trek type clipping and
other sounds, "Devoured Alive" breaks into a furious assault from the
drum machine, not quite matched by the guitars in speed. The
mindless barrage continues into "Incinerated", then the pace is broken
by yet another sampled interlude leading into "Zombie Apocalypse",
"...when there is no more room in hell, the dead will walk the
earth". And after the next song comes a very long Hellraiser sample
introducing "Hell On Earth", more of the blasting drums layered onto
the slow rhythmic guitaring.
Other than the samples, the vocals throughout the album are
basically unintelligable, but they are of a pleasant guttural
growling, almost croaking at times (ala Avulsion or Demilich). This
isn't too bad though, because you may not really want to know the
lyrics anyway, very extreme classic death metal descriptions of
burning corpses, strewn entrails, and other such disturbing (or
possibly comforting) images.
It'd be easier to reach some sort of conclusion about the music if
there was more of it. Combined with two cover songs, the large
amount of sampling doesn't leave too much original material to be
heard. All the songs follow the same structure with only moderately
divergent riffs, leaning more to the grindcore genre than any other.
Tough to call, you'll have to check it out to determine whether or
not you'll appreciate it.
Will Rahmer - Bass, Vocals
Roger J. Beaujard - Guitars, Drum Programming
Desmond Tolhurst - Guitars
c/o Will Rahmer
200 Roundhill Rd.
Yonkers, NY 10710
Available from Relapse Records
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