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Released: 2010, Omnipresence Productions
Reviewer: Aaron Yurkiewicz
It’s been almost 20 years since Mortiis played on Emperor’s seminal WRATH OF THE TYRANT EP, but apparently that was enough to allow him a certainly level of celebrity within black metal and goth circles. Though his solo work has never really been “metal” per say, I guess that parading around as a goblin for two decades will apparently merit some street cred. His latest release, PERFECTLY DEFECT, is arguably his most commercial effort to date and as such will likely be his most polarizing. Less of the synth laden, ambient swaths that he’s been associated with, PERFECTLY DEFECT is somewhere between Skinny Puppy, Depeche Mode, and MECHANICAL ANIMALS-era Marilyn Manson. Depending on how deep your own musical tastes run, that description will either make you smile or make you wretch. Either way, Mortiis is giving this album away for free through his website, so there’s no loss in at least giving it a chance.
Mortiis covers a diverse terrain with PERFECTLY DEFECT, ranging from abrasive, industrial themes (“Closer to the End,” “Halo of Arms,” “This Absolution”), danceable techno (“Sole Defeat,” “Thieving Bastards”), and the oddly quirky (“Perfectly Dark,” “Sensation of Guilt”). Collectively, the songs each play against each other well, volleying stylistically from track to track. This helps to carry the album forward and makes for an interesting listening experience. Production-wise, PERFECTLY DEFECT sounds fantastic – there’s a lot going on, with a lot of different layers, and it all comes across clean and clear. Consider it a mechanical album that doesn’t sound mechanical, if you will.
But the real turning point for me with PERFECTLY DEFECT, is that Mortiis has finally shed the fake nose and ears. Maybe this is a turning point for the guy? The promo photos for Mortiis and his crew look suspiciously like Al Jourgenson and co. Coincidence? Hmmm….. Anyway, the album is free. It’s different and it’s not for everyone, but if your musical catalog goes beyond Iron Maiden and Primal Fear, you might find yourself actually enjoying it. And if you’re actually into any of the bands mentioned in the first paragraph of this review, you should immediately proceed to the official Mortiis website to get your free copy of PERFECTLY DEFECT, because you’ll love this album. Did I mention it’s free?
1. Closer to the End
2. Perfectly Defect
3. Sensation of Guilt
4. Sole Defeat
5. Thieving Bastards
6. Halo of Arms
7. Impossible to Believe
8. This Absolution
Mortiis - Vocals, Guitars, Bass, Keyboards, Programming
Levi Gawron - Guitars, Programming
Ogee - Guitars
Chris Kling - Drums
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