MORBUS CHRON - Sleepers in the Rift CD
Genre: Death Metal
2011 will go down as the year in which various cracks in the planet's crust ruptured forth all over the world and out from them crept demon spawned filth from the underworld, otherwise known as the children of Death Metal's first wave. Seriously people the past two years were just precursors for what has come about in 2011. If you've been paying attention to the releases reviewed here at SFM666 (and frankly who doesn't) then you know that NOSDM (New Old School Death Metal) is not just a simple genre revival. (silly mainstream metal media shits) It's a full blown holocaust sweeping over continents across the globe. Also it's the usual suspects, the US and Sweden, who are responsible for most of this deju vu carnage. You'll also notice that I, your not so humble Usurper of Eternal Condemnation and Inverted Crucifiction, has been at the front lines telling you about it. Actually it's kinda easy for me since one of those fissures opened in my back yard so not only do I receive great sounding music but it also has a duel use as a grill for cookouts.
The latest spawn from the underworld is MORBUS CHRON a Swedish band who I first read about a few years ago. Besides this debut full length here they've also managed to put out a two song EP, Creepy Creeping Creeps, from last year as well as two demos prior to that. (none of which I have, fuck me) My introduction to them comes from their one track "The Putrid Smell of Hell" on the Agonia Records Swedish Death Metal compilation, Resurrected In Festering Slime. A great comp if you can find it (check Ebay and your bank account if you know what I mean or maybe Hells Headbangers still has a few left in stock) which also features such NOSDM acts like GRAVELESS, EVISCERATED, RAPE PILLAGE & BURN, etc. Sleepers in the Rift is the type of release for extreme types who have never let the dust settle upon their GRAVE, ENTOMBED, AUTOPSY or early DEATH releases. Like so many of these new school bands the members of MORBUS CHRON are relatively young, despise modern Death Metal and would sooner cut out your tongue then hear you speak of anything melodic. Not only does this band have that pure essence of the old school sound but someone must of been pumping in the stench of Satan's armpits into the studio when this was recorded.
Sleepers in the Rift is the full blown epitome of a demo from Sweden that you tape traded for in 1989. Upon my first listen to this I just thought it was a decent representation of the old school sound. After repeated plays it has now grown upon me like a putrid smelling moss which I'm not sure I wanna remove since it just might take away enough of flesh to expose bone plus it's my favorite color, black. Then again how could I deny myself, and my already pissed off neighbors, the sick joy of blasting such future classics like "Hymns to a Stiff", "The Hallucinating Dead" and a real winner in any song title contest "Dead Body Pile Necrophile". Don't get the impression that this is simply play by the numbers retro, not like the Thrash Revival ha ha! MORBUS CHRON throw enough variation from track to track in order for Sleepers in the Rift to sit next to their peers at the grown up table. They know their way of mixing in the death, doom and crusty hardcore elements quite well. Somewhere in Sweden right now Nicke Andersson, L-G Petrov and Ola Lindgren are smiling like proud parents.