This is the band’s follow up to their very enjoyable 2014 EP Embedded in the Ossuary.
Taking up arms from where the EP left off, this is old-school death metal that knows it’s strong and deadly, and is not afraid to show it.
With songs that are generally longer than those on Embedded in the Ossuary, Morbid Flesh are a relentlessly crushing beast. Mammoth riffs rampage around while drums that are still warm from being covered in fresh blood batter you senseless as you try to take it all in.
The Swedish style is one that may have its detractors, but I find that it almost always delivers the goods. Morbid Flesh take this style, add a few other classic death metal elements into it, and then launch their assault on the world with seven brutal songs of torture and chaos.
Heavy riffs, groovy carnage, shots of melody and cavernous, guttural growls abound, and it’s enough to get the adrenaline levels running for sure. The deep growls are particularly satisfyingly performed and seem as ubiquitous as the hammering drumming.
I always enjoy a good solo, and there’s enough of these to satisfy. The band aren’t adverse to throwing in some eerie atmospheres, either. Combined with an earthy, organic production it sees the songs pulse with fleshy, macabre life.
The songs on Rites of the Mangled are enjoyable, satisfying and well-written. This is classic death metal played by experts. Check it out.