Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Morbus Chron - Savage Swedish Assault

Morbus Chron's debut full-length album, "Sleepers in the Rift" is a perfect example of why Sweden's death metal scene is by far, the best. Of course there are the old masters: Dismember, Grave, Entombed, Carnage, etc, but bands like Morbus Chron, as well as Bastard Priest, Tribulation and Repugnant are continuing to release top notch albums. "Sleepers in the Rift" establishes and maintains it's own sound without sounding like just another Dismember ripoff. 

This record is extremely varied and takes as many different turns as the crazy, yet brilliant artwork does. There are the heavy and monstrous riffs that everyone knows and loves of Swedish death metal, but there are also raging thrash type riffs, dark and eerie melodies, beautiful doom sections and terrific solos. 

Every track tends to stand out on its own and that is definitely the greatest strength of the album. Songs like "Red Hook Horror" and "Ways of Torture" get your headbanging and tend to thrash more than the other tracks, while songs like "Hymns to a Stiff" and "The Hallucinating Dead" mesmerize the listener with the sinister melodic passages and doom -laden riffs. Despite the fact that every track stands out individually, it's clear they are all Morbus Chron songs, and they all crush. 

Along with the great work done by the guitars, the bass gets its moments to shine on its own ("Creepy Creeping Creep") and the drums do their job exceptionally well. The vocals, however, are just as terrific as all of the riffs and solos found here. They are aggressive, evil and give Morbus Chron a darker and more savage sound than most bands. The vocals on "Creepy Creeping Creep" sound agonizing and suit the title quite well, especially the shouts at the end of this track.

"Sleepers in the Rift" is another great album to reach the metal world in 2011, and it definitely brings some serious competition to every other album to be released this year, of any metal subgenre. The best tracks here are "Creepy Creeping Creep," "Ways of Torture," and "Red Hook Horror."

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Final Rating - 4.4/5 or 88%. 

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