Thursday, May 11, 2023

EP Review: Mortify "Preliminary Hearing" (Independent, CDN Records) by Devin J. Meaney

Band: Mortify
Location: Ontario
Country: Canada
Genre: Death metal
Format: CD, digital
Label: Independent, CDN Records
Release date: 2008 (Independent), 2009 (CDN Records)
Yet again another CD I got from CDN Records was “Preliminary Hearing” by Mortify! This is an older disc recorded in 2008 and then released in 2009—but once I put it in the machine I knew this was something worth while!
Featuring six tracks including “Vile Blood”, “Compelled to Torture”, “Half Severed Cadaver”, “Miscalculated Judgement”, “Preliminary Hearing” and “Perplexity” there is nothing amateurish about this. The percussion is spot on and the guitar work is deep and heavy and chugging. There is some variation with the vocals but a lot of them are inward bree style gutturals. This is not my favorite form of vocal—but in this case it is done well and mixes great with the instruments. This may only be an EP but clocking in at over 25 minutes it has the vibe of a “short” full length and it feels as if the disc and its contents are perfectly complete!
I don’t have much else to say except that I’d consider this one a win—and for the price of 5 dollars from CDN I’d encourage others to try and snag it—and if you can’t purchase it I’d suggest checking it out online wherever it is available! -Devin J. Meaney

Oliver Nabico: Vocals
Ted Isac: Guitars
Lenny Isac: Drums

Track list:
1. Vile Blood
2. Compelled to Torture
3. Half Severed Cadaver
4. Miscalculated Judgement
5. Preliminary Hearing
6. Perplexity

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