Friday, January 31, 2014

Review: Morfin - Inoculation

Morfin, a death metal band from California, have recently been brought to life. The four piece formed in 2010 and released their demo, Crystal Darkness, just a year later and now they've landed themselves onto the ranks of German label F.D.A Rekortz. The band now find themselves preparing to unleash their debut full-length album Inoculation on the world this February. What should anticipating audiences expect to hear from this novice group?

Genre: Death Metal
Release Date: February 21st, 2014
  1. Evil Within
  2. Dark Creator
  3. Lethal Progeny
  4. Identity Killer
  5. Cryostasis
  6. Primordial
  7. Inoculation
  8. Brain Control
  9. Viral Mutation
  10. Leprosy (Death Cover)
Total Playtime: 44 minutes, 36 seconds







Rating: 4.5/10







Morfin, a death metal band from California, have recently been brought to life. The four piece formed in 2010 and released their demo, Crystal Darkness, just a year later and now they've landed themselves onto the ranks of German label F.D.A Rekortz. The band now find themselves preparing to unleash their debut full-length album Inoculation on the world this February. What should anticipating audiences expect to hear from this novice group?

Most of my consistent readers will realize that I'm drawn to album art, I mention it all the time in my reviews. The more gruesome the art, the more likely the album will end up on Volumes of Sin; I'm a fucking horror/gore graphic junkie. So it's no surprise that Inoculation has landed itself here, among other reasons as well. The artwork in this case portrays the general idea of the material at hand fairly well; zombies eating scientists as they burst forth from a cryogenic (ahem, track five "Cryostasis") freeze all the while fetching attention with a haunting clash of blood red and eerie green. But wait, what's that? That self-cannibalistic zombie on the left side looks horrifically familiar... oh, yeah, it's a near exact replica of the self-cannibalistic zombie on the infamous Cannibal Corpse album Eaten Back to Life. This is another incorporation that strongly represents the content that dwells below the surface of this cover; worship, and the worst kind that involves outright plagiarism.

Have you ever wanted to take every single Death album that was released, roll them up into one and press play? Well that's exactly what Inoculation allows the audience to do. Setting the entirely bass guitar instrumental track "Primordial" aside, it only clocks in at a minute and a half anyway, there is not one single original thought throughout the remaining eight track listing on this record; no that is not a miscount, the final track is "Leprosy" from the Death album Leprosy. For roughly forty-five minutes the listener is allowed to hear snippets of various Death songs reproduced and restructured into what is ultimately the full body make-up of this album; a little "Suicide Machine" here, and ridiculous amounts of riffs and solos torn straight from Scream Bloody Gore and Spiritual Healing there. The vocalist even blatantly belts out the words "living monstrosity" in the track "Lethal Progeny".


A lot of reviewers and sites have been bashing the torrential downpour of old school death and thrash metal to come along in recent years, and while these old school revivals can be hit and miss as well as tedious at times, this is not the cause of disappointment here. The gut wrenching part is, is that Inoculation is actually good. Yes it's a great album, but it's only because Morfin rip off Chuck Schuldiner and Death to such a perfect replication (especially with the addition of "Leprosy" at the end) that the album is almost like another Death record that never saw the light of day.

Inoculation is not an old school death metal album, instead it is a blatant, shameless, plagiaristic Death worship record. The listener will hear so many solo segments, riffs, compositions, progressions, growls and vocals taken straight from the various tracks that line the Death discography that they'll give up keeping track of them all. The extremely short inclusion of bass-only instrumental song "Primordial" is literally the only showing of originality in any of the nine tracks bestowed. If you really want to know what Death would sound like in the year 2014, then give this album a spin; just be away from anything valuable that you might break when you do so.

Digital Download Provided by: Clawhammer PR

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