Canadian thrashers Mortillery have unleashed a storming new album in Shapeshifter, providing the listener with 43 minutes of authentic thrash with real aggression. Guitarist Alex Gutierrez touched base with me to give a quick update on the their new album…
Introduce us to Mortillery!
Hey we are a Thrash Metal band from Edmonton Alberta Canada! We like heavy metal and beer!
What are your influences?
They differ per member but mostly: Toxic Holocaust, Détente, Judas Priest, and Broken Bones.
Name five things you’ve listened to recently that you’d recommend?
At the Gates – At War With Reality
Martyrdod – In Extremis
Disfear – Live the Storm
Détente – Recognize no Authority
Die Antwoord – Tension
Tell us about your latest release, Shapeshifter?
It came out May 27 2016 and we’re very excited to finally share it with everyone. We recorded it in Portland and Edmonton and we feel it’s our best one yet!
How did you choose the cover artwork?
Todd Knutson is our artist and he’s done all of our art work. We tell him what we like and he creates masterpieces for us!
Do you think that album artwork is important? Does it have an impact on how people perceive the band?
For sure it is! I have bought and found many of my favorite bands by getting a record based on just the cover.
How did you go about writing the songs?
We usually start with guitars and bass; we then add drums and finish the structure. Last we add vocals and fix anything that may be weird. We the repeat till album is written haha.
What’s your favourite song on the album and why?
Torture! It’s the type of song we’re best at and we love playing it live.
What’s it right working with Napalm Records, and what’s your take on the state of the music industry in 2016?
They have been so good to us, we would have it any other way. I think the music industry is just like everything else in the world, Fucked!
What would be your dream tour to be involved in?
We want to play Wacken!
What are the next steps for Mortillery?
European tour in the fall!! See you on the road!