SPECTRAL MORTUARY - Total Depravity
GENRE: Death metal
LABEL: Deepsend Records
YEAR: October 29th, 2011
REVIEWED BY: PSL
PROVIDED BY: Deepsend Records
On Total Depravity Spectral Mortuary has fine-tuned its brand of death metal. I found the music on 2007 debut From Hate Incarnated a bit anonymous, but it's obvious that the five-piece has matured as song-writes on Total Depravity.
The Danes doesn't try anything that hasn't been done, but the music on Total Depravity is in general diverse and interesting. There are many catchy riffs and parts all over. What I like a lot on Total Depravity is that the music is varied. You have lots of tempo changes, as well as abrupt changes in direction. And there is also quite a bit of feeling in the riffs. It's not just your average brutality and that's a big part of what makes it all exciting.
It's noticeable that the band has a variety of inspirations. I hear bites and pieces of Obituary and American death metal in general, as well as Swedish death metal in the songs. Another thing that profits the music is that a solo or two pop up now and then. It definitely adds a little extra.
As I've already written there's not a lot of thinking outside the box on Total Depravity, but that's not an issue. The five Danes do exactly what they do best and that's play catchy and in-your-face death metal, and that is fine with me. If you like the debut From Hate Incarnated or well-played death metal in general then you'll love Total Depravity.