Mortician – Chainsaw Dismemberment (Hell’s Headbangers)Wednesday, 4th December 2013
Mortician’s Chainsaw Dismemberment originally saw the light of day back in 1999 but Hell’s Headbangers recently saw fit to re-issue it as a 2LP with a gatefold cover. Mortician has always been a band that elicits strong reactions from those in the death metal community, and this re-issue of the band’s second full-length album will do nothing to change that.
To the uninitiated, Mortician continually follow a similar structure to each of the 28 songs you’ll encounter here. First, insert a clip from a horror movie that usually takes up a significant portion of the running time of the song. Then allow the death/grind/gore to begin with distorted bass, ultra-low undecipherable growls, and alternate between equally distorted and low-tuned guitar chugging and obnoxious and obvious drum-machine blast beats. Rinse and repeat. Most of the songs you’ll hear will not last more than 2 minutes (insert lame sex joke here).
It’s barbaric to say the least, but there is/was an audience for it. It’s just a matter of determining whether or not you fit that target demographic. To their defense, when you hear a Mortician song, it’s instantly identifiable, whether or not there is talent behind it is truly in the eye (or ear perhaps) of the beholder. Bottom line: if you like(d) Mortician, it’s worth picking up but otherwise it’s safe to avoid this one.