After a 20 year gap we finally have a new Morta Skuld album, and what an album it is! Wounds Deeper than Time is an absolute ripping listen, giving us nine songs that demonstrate a band living up to that old saying – all killer, no filler.
I can’t stop listening to this release. It’s very satisfying in only the way that great death metal can be, and I’m very pleased to have had the chance to catch up with long-serving guitarist/vocalist David Gregor to find out a bit more…
Introduce us to Morta Skuld
The band consists of myself David Gregor – guitars and vocals, Scott Willeke – Guitars, AJ Lewandowski – bass, Eric House – drums.
What are your influences?
Hard to say as I can be listening to any one band and hear something that may influence me to write a riff or try something I normally do. I like Jungle Rot and Serpentine Dominion, and Cannibal Corpse is always a good listen.
Name five things that you’ve listened to and enjoyed lately
Serpentine Dominion, Jungle Rot, Anthrax, Memoriam, Cannibal Corpse.
Tell us all about Wounds Deeper than Time
It was a rough album to not only write, but just to go through all that one has to do and go through to get an album done. There are deadlines and member changes were also a challenge. But this album was hard work and we busted our butts to get this done and to the fans. We also wanted it to feel real and not fake or sounding like we punched in and out for our tracks. We left some flaws so it has and organic feel to it.
What’s the significance of the album title?
Just that we all have wounds that have shaped us and made us who we are today, and that not all time heals as the saying goes.
How were the songs put together?
We started writing after the EP and with that lineup we wrote 4 songs, then we had a lineup change and that really was big for the dynamics of the rest of the album. Then the new lineup finished and added stuff to the other songs. Some songs changed, some didn’t and I will have to say this is the best lineup the band has had.
What’s your favourite song on the album and why?
Breathe in the Black, and it just has heavy riffs and flows very well and love the solos in it, the guitars blend well and as a whole just best song mix wise.
What motivated the decision to continue the Morta Skuld legacy for the first new album in 20 years?
I really didn’t have any band at the time and we were putting out Through the Eyes of Death and thought why not promote it by playing live. That lineup was comprised of demo lineup members, and then eventually turned into the lineup I have today.
What have you learned since the band’s ‘comeback’ EP in 2014 and how has this informed Wounds Deeper than Time?
We learned a lot about us as a band and as musicians working together for a common goal would be one. But also to let the song serve itself and to be us and not worry about things that we worried about in the past. Work as a unit and capture the performances we needed to make this album good.
Compared to when Morta Skuld were first active, what’s your take on the state of the music industry in 2017?
I wish it were better to be honest, it has changed a lot, but only thing that hasn’t changed is the price to get into local shows. Just most people in our area want more cover bands and stuff like that. We do what we can and try to play shows that make a difference. It isn’t in a good state unless you’re a band that is selling tons of copies, but you need to embrace the social media as that is how we communicate these days, it’s much different from the tape trading days and days when we wrote on paper to one another.
Do you have any upcoming live shows you want to talk about?
We do have a few shows coming up in our home town and do have CA Deathfest in October and small US tour in August with Jungle Rot. There are others, but still in works.
What does the rest of 2017 hold for the band?
Were working on new music and trying to get out on the road a bit.
Any final words?
Thank you and the fans for the support and we hope you all enjoy the new album, you can order the new album and reissues by going to Peaceville records to order your copy. Again thanks to all whom allow me to do what I do. Cheers.