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Mortillery: Murder Death Kill

Everybody knows that zombies have a voracious appetite and that brains are always the meal of choice. This wasn't always the case. As I understand it, the taste for brains was first established in the cult film Return of the Living Dead, a campy treat of a movie that establishes beyond questions just what zombies had been missing all along.

Mortillery has a really great song about zombies on this album called "Voracious Undead." The song has an anthemic quality to it that has the brilliant chorus that simply states "we want brains." I loved it. Even better, the song simply doesn't know how to end. In a closing section, the song turns into a warning that the zombies are roaming the streets and that they are still hungry. I can easily see this track as a favorite in a live setting. After all, what else could get an audience to respond than asking them to shout out "we want brains?" I can even picture a horror setting on the stage, including an Eddie-like creature lumbering from stage left to stage right. As I listened to this song, I had to laugh a little at the sheer exuberance at the way the lyrics played up the zombie theme. It just goes on and on, much like a hungry, unstoppable, zombie. This song will someday serve as the perfect closing-credits sequence for a low budget zombie film.

The rest of the album is solid and straightforward in-your-face thrash. The title track, which also opens the album, is quite strong, particularly when the drums jump in and invite us to thrash about. The performances are good, but the songwriting isn't terribly original; in fact most of the songs have a strongly familiar quality that make them slightly undistinguishable one with another. These guys aren't exploring any new territory, but they are clearly good at putting together songs that are strong enough. I'd recommend this for listeners who like thrash that doesn't remember the 90s. Lyrically, the songs are also a little on the comfortable side, all of them dealing with violence, weapons, diseases, world problems, and so on. I liked most of the tracks, but felt like this band could have done more to develop the complexity of their songs. The vocals are solid; Cara brings a nice blend of screaming fury with the occasional growl. Female-fronted thrash certainly has a champion in her.

Track Listing:
1. Murder Death Kill
2. Sacrifice
3. Evil Remains
4. Fritzl'sCellar
5. Outbreak
6. Despised by Blood
7. Countless Suicide
8. Voracious Undead
9. Without Weapons
10. Mortal Artillery

Added: August 22nd 2012
Reviewer: Carl Sederholm
Related Link: Band Myspace Page
Hits: 2577
Language: english

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