MORBICUS Forsaken in Sadistic Torment from Hell Review

Morbicus Review at Zombie Ritual Zine

MORBICUS “Forsaken in Sadistic Torment from Hell”

Self Released

Never heard of this band until a friend of mine introduced me the past works of Uriel Aguillon (from Gutwrench). Coming from the north of Mexico, these vandals released many demos sometime between 1991 and 1996, and the style is very rooted in old death metal and grind metal. Yep, no doubt every mother fucker with roots in the sound of putrid distortions, chaotic guitar riffs and infected vocals coming from the deepest basement of hell, will love this piece of rottenness. Actually, I liked mostly the first two demos called “Occult things from Hell” and “The trial of Torment” respectively, because of the raw sound and visceral atmospheres. If you have demo tapes from the early 90’s, when everything was pestilent and ominous at rehearsal rooms, you will know what I’m talking about. The last demo, called “Forsaken in dejection” shows a band more matured at its compositions, and delivers an excellent dark line on the entire production. The guitar work is more complex, and even the metric of vocals is more professional. This is another demo lost in time and rescued for the enjoyment of we who didn’t know anything about them on those years. Thanx to Sergio from Leukoplakia Zine for this piece of morbid creation. – Victor Varas

GUTWRENCH (Mexico) Review

Gutwrench Mausoleum to Dwell & Rot in Review at Zombie Ritual Zine

GUTWRENCH “Mausoleum … To Dwell & Rot In”

Razorback Records

Slow, rotten and heavy. These are the first adjectives coming to my mind when I played for the first time the CD. Coming from the north of Mexico, these blokes did an excellent debut album after the well acclaimed “Domain of pure putrescence” demo. The roots on the most creepy and low tuned death metal are noticeable, and they have very clear what they wanted on this first album. Besides that I don’t like the mix (I think the guitar distortion sounds better on the demo) everything sounds on its place and direct to the face. Actually, these musicians are veterans of this business, as most of them were part of a band called MORBICUS in the early 90’s, so it was natural to create a very rotten and obscured death metal sound, with the “classic” old school style. As I mentioned before, the music sounds slow and rotten, with deep growling vocals and guitar riffs extremely creepy as if they were smudged and drowned in blood. My favorite is “Horrible Excruciation” which delivers a really cool punkish rhythm on the first section, behind an excellent violent and putrid atmosphere, and the master piece “Beyond the Hills of Maggotville” which is also found in the demo, but here sounds creepy and stinky as hell!! As far as I know, this is the first Mexican band signed by Razorback Records, and you can’t miss them you bastards!!! PS. As extra info, Mr. Hitchcock from ZOMBIEFICATION did some vocals as guest. – Victor Varas