Swedish death metal band Blood Mortized do not mince sounds they just go directly for the throat with all the consuming essences and filth laded intensity spawned by old style raw Swedish death metal. The band has only one intention, to recreate and soak the ear in the pit borne black sickness and decay that veined and fuelled the birth and youthful years of Swedish death metal. Their new EP Bestial consists of four crushing venomous tracks that without breaking down new barriers penetrate and deeply satisfy all urges and desires for old school death scabby rotted metal.
In the ever increasing wave of bands and releases resurrecting the old school death metal carcass it is fair to say Blood Mortized probably do not stand out hugely from the crowd with their Entombed/Grave sounding fury but there have not been many as accomplished and distinctly true to their inspiration, the band bringing forth what as their bio states is ‘Old style dirty-rotten-unpolished Swedish Death Metal the way it was truly meant!’
The EP was recorded in 2010 and a follow-up to the band’s self-titled debut album of the previous year. Recording the EP as a trio of band founder vocalist Mattias Parkkila (ex- Stigmata, E.G.Y.P.T and Excretion), guitarist Anders Biazzi (ex- Patholog, Scum and Amon Amarth), and drummer Mattias Borgh (member of Crypt of Kerberos), Bestial was released as a three track limited cassette early 2011. As 2011 saw the recruiting of guitarist Gustav Myrin and bassist Mattias Söderlund and the new line-up finishing off new album The Key To A Black Heart, the Bestial EP was released via Chaos Records as a limited edition 6-panel digipak in the dying embers of last year.
Recorded and produced by Mattias Borgh at Underworld Recording Bestial slams hard and low from the very first gut wrenching twisting grind and scorching guitars of the opening title track. The track’s heavy tones press down firmly on the senses allowing the caustic malicious sonic melodies and intimidating riffs to enthral and weigh heavily on the ear. Parkkila’s vocals add threatening malice, his every word dripping bile from his lowest point. As the EP on a whole unveils, there are no complications or frills allowed to temper their sound, Blood Mortized just keep it raw, direct, minimal and with the pungently coated opener ‘Bestial’ immense.
The best track on the EP ‘Of Dust and Doom’ follows with a ponderous yet stalking doom fired black dirge. Riding on a stirring military defiant drum beat the track is a stunning mix of inciting intent and strongly oppressive consumption. Taking their minimal approach to its outer borders the song is the most ‘adventurous’ on the release and definitely profits for it as does the ear.
The more urgent ‘Shadow of the Quarter Sun’ is the more expected brutal and merciless assault and thoroughly enjoyable whilst ‘Rekvium’ completes the release with an atmospheric unsettling intro before exposing more insatiable riffs and malicious treacle downtuned ‘melodic’ searching of the senses. As the track wades its way through the weight of its sonic wash it evolves at its climax into a tribal/chant mix of rhythms and voice, surprising and very pleasing.
As mentioned at the start Bestial does not offer anything particularly new but that is the point, its brief to resurrect and reconstruct the force that inspire these musicians. It does offer some unexpected elements alongside what one would assume they would hear which gives a definite eagerness to check out the bands forthcoming album. The music overall probably is as one would imagine it would sound but Blood Mortized unleash it with a purpose and surety that maybe does lift them above band with similar intent and certainly makes the release one to enjoy often .