Mortalized – 呪われた …Complete Mortality (2016)

Mortalized was the other grindcore band of Gridlink guitarist and riff master Takafumi Matsubara呪われた …Complete Mortality is the total and complete collection of everything the Japanese grindcore legends ever recorded. Since Mortalized is a grindcore band, Complete Mortality is effectively a giant collection of effective riffs in various styles: grindcore, death metal, heavy metal, black metal, Gothenburg, hardcore, post-hardcore, crust, speed metal, you name it and Matsubara probably had an original riff resembling that style of metal or hardcore on this release. Complete Mortality is a true riff bible from the mind of an incredibly creative and talented guitarist.

The only problem with such a comprehensive collection of material from a band that never refined their material into a proper studio album is that many of Mortalized’s tracks on this anthology are simply basic grindcore songs composed of one or two riffs, at least one of which is usually interesting, played until they each wear out their welcome, and sometimes concluded with a brief solo before next track starts. Since Mortalized is a grindcore band writing thirty second to two minute long songs, this problem is not nearly as bad as it would be if Mortalized had the misfortune of choosing to play droning atmospheric black metal riff salads. Moreover many of Matsubara’s riffs are so strong, the compulsive need to hit the back button and hear them all over again will be felt. Those compositions that are well-developed and progress melodically are exceptional, transcendent examples of grindcore as heavy metal.

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11 thoughts on “Mortalized – 呪われた …Complete Mortality (2016)”

  1. Rainer Weikusat says:

    The 6th track is a nice example how much musical development is possible in 02:37 (I didn’t get further than that).

    This sentence sounds like shit but I can’t word it any better right now.

  2. Facelessones says:

    The imagery of Japanese horrible movie

    1. No such thing. All Japanese movies are inherently anti-modern and anti-SJW in that they embrace the traditional mores of Shogunite-warrior society. In those days, everyone had a role where their life was simplified, but not typified by the usual modern liberal baggage our paper-pushing society foists on the stupified masses. I don’t know what I’m getting at here. But I am positive that Japanese film is inherently fascist, pro-white, and anti-jew.

  3. Hail Pain says:

    The material from the split with SWARRRM is probably my favourite here (tracks 13-16), but there are a lot of very compelling tracks scattered throughout. On a related note, the new Wormrot album that was released a couple months ago takes heavy influence from Matsubara’s playing, something I don’t remember hearing on their previous releases.

    1. Will check it out.

    2. S.C. says:

      Wormrot has always been an exception of modern grindcorein my mind. I don’t really listen to grindcore, but they really play it right.

  4. Roger says:

    This sounds like pure shit. I’m sorry guys.

    Maarat, what the fuck?

    1. S.C. says:

      Are you familiar with the concept of “subjectivity”? Or are you only interested in talking to people who think the same as you? (Better kill yourself now to save yourself from bitter disappointment)

    2. Rainer Weikusat says:

      It’s grindcore. And for once, that’s not a “stuff I also don’t like” neologism. I listened to 1 – 6, the first track being the worst (grew lengthy before the 2:30 were over) and the 6th the best. I wouldn’t to listen to this regulary because of the “Already late for catching the bus! Fuck!” feeling but it’s nice in the way it is.

      Cattle Decapitation is a good example how this sounds when it’s rather bad.

    3. Roger is helping his community says:

      I love penis

  5. ANUSaanite says:

    Yeah… this is kind of crappy.

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