Written by: Blackie Skulless
Wow, let’s talk about some God-tier death metal! Taking formation last year during the hellish times of a global pandemic, Finland’s Morbific have come forth a year later with a full-length to follow up last year’s debut demo. Ominous Seep Of Putridity is a raw, sophisticated pitcher of bile meant to ooze into your pores as you slowly immerse into the harsh noise. Good luck crawling out of this mess!
Most notably, this disc has some of the chunkiest riffing I’ve heard on a death metal album in such a long time. The doomy presence that keeps things mid-paced without falling into full doom/death territory is a tactic pulled off tremendously. Groovy rhythms are doused in this aesthetic, served alongside some disgusting guttural vocals that bury ever-so-slightly beneath the sand for sharper leads to grate your skin. If that isn’t enough, these drums pop out with a mechanical click, giving the snare such an elementary feeling for all the right reasons. The drumming itself is excellent, so that’s like a two-for-one standout.
Gruesome lyrical themes and filthy playing tactics generate a lot of the standout points. You get that immediately in the opening title track, as this tone never really disappears. Horror-laced samples work their way in, and a fair amount of noise adds to the atmosphere. “Deformed In Phantasmal Fog'' opens on such a rumbling note, and the buzzing at the end carry’s its fuming core out. “Sawmill In The Mist” hits new levels of festering slow-burn, with one hint of a clean lick. You can catch hardcore-tinted slam vibes in “Sulfuric Funeral” as well, adding more aftertaste.
I won’t act like Ominous Seep Of Putridity is all trudge and sludge. “Cadaveric Maggot Farm” has some pretty fucking blistering passages and blasting drum kicks. Sudden jumps into noodly hooks make this such a fun tune. “Ravening Slasher Creep” opens on a pretty crushing note, boasting riffs higher in the tempo. This peaks its head here and there throughout the release for a fluid consistency. Closer “The Racking Garden” burns hot with its bass passages, and closes near the only quiet note the album bestows.
Talk about the proverbial smoke left after this forest-fire of an album. The sheer density of the riffing, varying tactics, and overall vibe from this output is immaculate, packing so much material in what barely surpasses thirty minutes. Morbific have definitely crafted my favorite death metal album of the year so far. Really eager to see where they go in their career.
Morbific - Ominous Seep Of Putridity was released May 1st, 2021 viaHeadsplit Records (CD)
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