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[25th December 2013]
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01. They Came From Outer Space
02. 4 Days
03. Phantasms of March
04. The Last of the Summer’s Wine
05. Barnum & 399
06. 70 Dead pt 2: The Scarecrow of Medan
07. Castle Freak
08. Waiting for the End
09. The Last Man On Earth (Diary of George)
10. IT LURKS BENEATH!!!
11. Paradise
12. In the Smoke of the Green Ghost

 

If a band name like Morgue Orgy doesn’t scream festive then NOTHING DOES. This debut LP from the Brummie 6-piece conjures thoughts of Carcass‘s melodic death metal side, the intense, jagged riffs of The Black Dahlia Murder, and has been described as sounding like “Cradle Of Filth having their summer vacations in Sweden” (Metal Invader). Oh. Ok. Wait, what?

They open with “They Came From Outer Space” – and it really does come from outer space. The haunting melody brings memories of cheesy 50s Sci-Fi stories about flying saucers and little green men, and most importantly, anal probes. It isn’t long before we bear witness to the thundering power of those riffs, working with the ethereal keyboards to build a monumental atmosphere. There is certainly a black metal influence in there, even if only hidden deep within the chord structure of some of the riffs. On top of this, the song draws essence from roots embedded within technical death metal, brutal gurgly death metal and perhaps even touches of folk metal. It’s most definitely a belter of an opening track, and you can’t help but want to hear more.

And more you hear. “4 Days” erupts directly into an onslaught of murderous riffage vaguely reminiscent of Anaal Nathrakh and the like. Exploring lyrical themes such as witchcraft and impotence, the song progresses through some intensely fast instrumentals and crushing sections that could be considered death metal breakdowns. Not quite 0101 chug chugs, nor are they slams, but chunky deathdowns that encourage sheer madness in it’s listeners. Some of these riffs can only be described as ‘eldritch.’

The Cradle of Filth comparison seems adequate when considering some of the atmospheric instrumentals, but this sort of parallel falls short by a long shot when considering the vocals and guitar work. Gray outshines Dani Filth even in his prime; his range is incredible, encompassing eerie spoken word, guttural gut gurgles and screeching highs (but even these have a degree of depth that Dani never had). Some of his throat projectiles have undeniable mass; a power unlike your run of the mill growler. This kind of vocalist deserves to be held in the utmost regard – high praise for a debut release.

It is important to mention the value the keyboards add to this band. While the songs would stand alone without them, the synths add that extra substance that makes this release truly great. It adds a degree of melody to the surrounding madness, much in the same way that the orchestra helps hold together the style favoured by Fleshgod Apocalypse, albeit in a totally different manner. The lyrics speak of zombie hordes, scarecrow murderers and lovecraftian horrors, providing the “fun” that is missing from many a death metal act. There is definitely some merit to be awarded in not taking yourself too seriously, and Morgue Orgy deserve a fair chunk of that merit.

The production is near perfect, too. It’s clear and refined without losing any of the raw, dark sound that bands surrounding this sort of genre tend to hold dear. The leads stick out, and the attention is always where it should be.

It is difficult to say anything negative about this release. They are a fresh, interesting take on a genre that needs this sort of new blood…and there will be blood.

This is certainly an intense listen, so if you are not a fan of outright, full-on, face-invading madness, then perhaps you should MAN THE FUCK UP and learn to be.

Other notable tracks: “The Last of the Summer’s Wine” and “70 Dead pt 2: The Scarecrow of Medan.”

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If you like what you hear, check out their various social media gangbangs:

Morgue Orgy Facebook
Morgue Orgy Twitter
Morgue Orgy Official Website
Morgue Orgy Merch Site

Elliot

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