Sunday, September 07, 2014

Review: Morbid Slaughter - Wicca

Peru isn't one of the countries that we review sites see a lot in our inboxes. It's always a welcome opportunity to hear metal from all around the world, and especially when it happens to come from obscure origins. Such is the tale with Morbid Slaughter, a four piece thrash metal band from Lima who've been guzzling beer and kicking ass since 2009. Independent until 2014, the group have found themselves signed with Boris Records to release their first EP after multiple demos, Wicca.

Genre: Thrash Metal
Label: Boris Records
Release Date: May 31st, 2014
  1. Wicca
  2. The Nightly Breath of God
Total Playtime: 08 minutes, 18 seconds




Rating: 4.5/10





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Peru isn't one of the countries that we review sites see a lot in our inboxes. It's always a welcome opportunity to hear metal from all around the world, and especially when it happens to come from obscure origins. Such is the tale with Morbid Slaughter, a four piece thrash metal band from Lima who've been guzzling beer and kicking ass since 2009. Independent until 2014, the group have found themselves signed with Boris Records to release their first EP after multiple demos, Wicca.

The sinister vocal growl-whispers that are the forefront and main focus of the material aren't exceedingly powerful. During the title track, "Wicca", they closely resemble some very slight inspiration from choice moments that Jill Janus of Huntress pulls off on their debut full-length, Spell Eater; but Aer sounds as though he hasn't mastered the ability to pull off full blown growls at this point. His grainy voice is adorned with echoes in an attempt to create a more haunting mood, and it works to a small extent; but the listener can't help but focus on the vocal strain the entire time.


The background of the content is painted with continuous loops of riffs that embody three to four power chords, with only a small variety of different punk influenced structures between the two songs. The guitar on both tracks is excruciatingly similar, from the range of riffs played to even the brief hammer-on bridges that join them together. The drumming during the title track features nothing more than standard snare/hi-hat combination blast beats with weak bass kicks, where as "The Nightly Breath of God" features more of the same, but the beats are slightly out of rhythm; there are also more drum rolls and triplets added here.

At best, Wicca is a tedious experience filled with inexperienced black-punk hybrid guitar melodies and drum patterns. The vocals are the best feature of the album, but even they need gratuitous refining in order to present themselves in a less weak nature, and the drummer needs to integrate more elaborate rhythms. By all means, if you see this album then run for the hills.

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