Nottingham based death metal outfit Mordhau unleash their swedish inspired sound with debut album Immaculate Massacre.
In the earlier part of the year the band released the opening track “Temporal Insanity” alongside some of the art from Gary Ronaldson at Bite Radius Designs – The aesthetic of the art with its bleak and treacherous depiction of a battlefield in the deepest bowels of the underworld couldn’t be more fitting.
Very early on my highlight track of the album appears in the from “Bereft of Rotting Flesh” it doesn’t matter how many times I play this track. I have the same feeling every time – reminiscing on discovering Disember for the very first time. “Pig Society” has the task of being up against such a track but as soon as it starts you are instantly captivated but just how much the overall elements amalgamate to serve up some slow brooding terror.
The start of “Born of Celestial Blood” feels like a call to battle with it’s menacing start, “Where Sunlight Comes To Die” has some real Pemphigoid undertones to it but I don’t have time to reflect on this too much as “Cascade of Flames” rips through my happy thoughts straight back in the savage butchery.
Lastly, Mordhau seek out to steal your very soul with title terrifyingly cold, hypnotic title track “Immaculate Massacre”
A horrifically bludgeoned first kill.
4.5 out of 5 skulls
Immaculate Massacre is out now.