Released: 2013, Pulverised Records
Reviewer: Metal-Rules.com UK Team
Having spawned from creative mind of Pete Flesh (one man band) back in 2001, Mortui Vivos Docent represents the fourth incarnation of his work, which followed from a long pause between his earlier offerings. Having recruited a session drummer to fill in his latest work, the eagerly awaited follow up record is set to release through Pulverised Records.
Opening with, ‘Fallen Bliss’ a track that swings in without deliberation, the sonic driven guitar work and visceral growls, remaining true to the Death genre whilst harnessing some gritty thrash dynamics throughout. The drum work remains consistent with a strong sense of solos leaking into the veins the barbaric sound.
Next up, ’The Eternal Dawn’ breaks in with bleak sounding riffs and a foreboding tempo that is set to unleash another dose anarchy upon the ears. Offering little in the way of melody it ploughs through with a destructive onslaught of speedy drums and droning guitars, as the blood drenched vocals to fit the bill for another solid pit mover.
The majority of the record carries forward the Death sensibilities and is something that will no doubt quench the appetites of those seeking their much needed fix. Stand out moments manifest from the sporadic drumming of ‘Crave The Fire’ or the tightly crafted time signature changes of ‘Burning Darkness’.
The grueling intensity of ‘Raven’s Reborn’ remains a strong contestant for the most memorably song that crashes down at high velocity reinforcing the laws of gravity.
In complete contrast, ‘Bleed’ offers up a ritualistic chant of clean vocals and a downbeat tonality from the instrumentation which leads directly into ‘Recycle My Death.’; closure that seems fitting, with stomping drums, cathartic guitar work and some noteworthy lead to drive everything forward.
In a nutshell, it’s a record that delivers a blast of infernal noise; equal in measure to many of their contemporaries. The only downer is that there really isn’t anything new or particularly revolutionary going on here. However, sometimes only when music sticks to what it’s good at are we reminded of its long lasting and transcendent appeal. On that merit alone, this may be something that is worth checking out.
Review by Ben Spencer