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Mortyfear – ‘My Dystopia’

Publisher
Inverse Records
FFO
Nachtblut, Tukkanuotta, Sightless
Release Date
July 15, 2021
Publisher
Inverse Records
Genre
Death Metal

To paraphrase Ferris Bueller (a personal favourite) “the question is not what is on this album, but what is NOT on this album?” Finland’s Mortyfear has pulled out pretty much every stop on their second album, ‘My Dystopia.’ Clearly, they benefitted from the studio prowess of Riku Metsä-Ketelä and Svante Forsbäck, but at the day’s end, the ones responsible for this amazing album are Mortyfear themselves. Filled with brooding dark riffs and constantly shifting vocals, each of this album’s tracks has a life of its own. There are instants of despair, Metal rage, fleeting mania, and even whimsy. But there are no dull moments here. None.

Highlighting a few:   

The opening tracks are heavy-handed, filled with snarling Blackened Death, sometimes stylized vocals, dense layers of guitars, atmospheric keyboards, and those drums!

Combining a sinister vibe, demonic vocals, and beautiful cleans, “Dark Waters” is a unique combination of beauty and horror, but mostly horror.

The closing track, “Spoiled,” with its pensive intro, pleading tone, and aching vocals, is probably the most straightforward song here. An outstanding and satisfying ending.

If you know me, you know I am not the biggest fan of Black or Death Metal, but I absolutely loved everything here. Even if they never reach this high bar again, they have achieved greatness. If they take this on the road, there will be a road trip in my future. See you there.

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