Album Review: Morbider/Abyssus – From the Abyss Raised the Morbid

Morbider - Abyssus - From the Abyss Raised the Morbid

Morbider/Abyssus [Czech Republic/Greece]
From the Abyss Raised the Morbid
Ablaze Productions
Death Metal

Yet another split featuring acts from countries other than Sweden playing death metal in the veins of old school Swedish style. Morbider, hailing from Czech Republic and Abyssus from Greece comes together on their brand new split, From the Abyss Raised the Morbid to present 9 tracks of crushing, abrasive Swedish-styled death metal.

While formed all the way back in 1992, it was not until 2009 that Morbider released their first full length release after a whole chain of demo releases, but the list of releases under their belts prove that they have not been lazy in honing their craft. 5 years after their last release, the band strikes back and opens the split with Unhealing Pain. On first listen, one is immediately impressed with the huge wall of sound that engulfs the listener, with the riffing style of Dan quickly reminding one of classic Swedish death metal acts such as Dismember, though as their portion of the release progresses, influences from others such as Demonical and projects of Rogga Johansson start to show. This especially in the usage of the lead guitars on tracks like No More Life giving the track a nice, haunting touch.

God of Torment even displays some of the more melodic side of the band’s playing, and is probably one of the more memorable tracks off Morbider‘s side of the release. Side closer Redemption goes out nicely, with the ominous lead guitars bringing in some comparisons to Bloodbath or Grave, yet retaining that haunting, atmospheric touch and contrasting the speed and aggression that one has sat through so far.

Abyssus comes in on a different tack, with a somewhat more thrashy edge to their playing, kicking off with a rather percussive, chugging riff on Morbid Inheritance. Unlike the loud, bombastic style that is presented by MorbiderAbyssus‘ style sticks closer to that of AutopsyDeath or even some Obituary. The vocal style of Kostas certainly helps in this resemblance, sounding like a cross between Chuck Schuldiner and John Tardy.

This comparison is further aided by the rawness in the production of their tracks, bringing one back to the early days of death metal, and reminding one of releases such as Severed Survival or Mental Funeral.

For fans of early Swedish death metal or AutopsyFrom the Abyss Raised the Morbid would very well be an extremely enjoyable release, bringing the different styles of the bands together onto one album release.

[xrr rating=4/5]

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