Although the previous Mort Douce tape release had two songs only, it was really gorgeous stuff for all worshippers of old school death metal. Nine months have passed and this Plock crew attacked the foundation sills of the underground kingdom once again. This time it is a longer material, lasting almost 22 minutes, yet it isn’t fully new slab as the two songs “Hemophobical Fear” and “(I Walked Through) The Valley of Blood and Death” are well-known from the tape. Such a frame should exclude any stylistic changes. And actually, there is nothing to be afraid of. Musically Mort Douce wallows in the vortices of the old but still undead death metal, emphatically on the United Kingdom (Benediction, Bolt Thrower) and Dutch scene with perceptible touch of mighty Asphyx. Whilst it has been materialized at present, but the ancient spirit still emanates with its deathly breath.
And with this element, the band is in splendid form, beginning from the front cover to the last seconds of “Murderous Lust”. But the opening track “Treatment by Decapitation” surprised me a bit. However it isn’t caused by horror introduction that invites me with nice words hell is behind that door, but a very slow cruel tempo. And if several band’s names have been already mentioned above, the musicians managed to transfer the whole heavy doomish atmosphere from… Candlemass self-titled white album. Hard to believe it, but Mort Douce executes here killing piece of powerful doom, even the production wise is very similar to the Swedish effort. In addition I start to ask myself: where the hell is Mr. Messiah Marcolin? The song, with simple structures and riffs, doesn’t seem to take a run, though cramming its ancient venom into my neurons, unexpectedly it erupts a short speedup on the end.
The second track in this bloody menu could be a twin brother of the opener, yet after twenty-five seconds the band gives a signal to start a musical massacre. And basically it lasts through the next two songs too, based on fast tempos, guitar leads and sporadical slowdowns. But the real icing on the cake is the last “Murderous Lust”. It is definitely my personal favorite here, as it contains of everything I praise in such music: good devastating riffs, pounding rhythm section, tempo changes. Nothing new, but all these components fit each other in a perfect way. The second part of this monstrous track has wonderful long guitar lead, with the slow pace in the background. And when the whole ends in gradual muting, I can do nothing but to push a button ‘play’ once again…
The stylish front-cover that is made by Bartek Kurzok is in the vein of the era of the nineties, and with Rafal’s poetry where blood wields control, the picture becomes a complete, being the next bloody good offer to the underground titles. I realize that getting some new young metallers can be very difficult, in spite of current trends or fashions. Such music is still uncomfortable: there is no crystal-like sound realization, no 666 riffs per minute, no breakneck blast beasts or keyboards passages. This stuff is only for the old guard I guess, for people 35-45 years old, however I’d like to be wrong… Anyway, I mentioned about present endless avalanche of such bands, but I am really lucky guy to hear new (in the case of Mort Douce not young musicians, though) outfits that serve a splendid music. And believe me or not, listening to such tunes is a kind of sick obsession or mania, where the ancient touch and spirit are the key. I have no choice but to enjoy and praise it… For good and all!
(written on October, 2014)