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Morbus 666 - Mortuus Cultus
Review: Coming from the older tradition of Norse melodic black metal, Morbus 666 have found a way to create music that is both melodic and moody, passing over the recent trend of putting melody in a metal as a way to substitute for changes in emotion with a single bittersweet and unchanging feeling.
Based on the violent and detached sounds of Gorgoroth and Darkthrone, Morbus 666 shape their songs from a handful of riffs comprising a verse-chorus and bridge structure, but they add to these early black metal fundamentals the layering and rhythmic breaks of American death metal, adding a vivid and sudden sense of mercurial change and potential for radical shifts.
Where most of metal has lost its way and is trying to find a surface style to emulate in order to give it some basis for content, this band like its musicians' previous efforts in Bahimiron and Imprecation is based on the idea of a simple content-virus united in decay and blasphemic corruption. The result allows the band to play with that sensation, vary it up and use it to make music that is both pleasing to the ear and fundamentally alienated.
Percussion leads songs with raw physical power and, while using familiar patterns, transposes itself through different tempi with a grace that lets the fast-tremolo guitars seem to float between patterns. It also rediscovers its other roots through fast and ripping two-chord riffs that resemble the heyday of the American death metal scene. Combined the influences form a natural but relentless sound of evil.