POSTMORTEM - REPULSION - MORBID
I love receiving music from bands like Postmortem which have as much a profile in Canada as the Israeli pork industry. No Matter, what Morbid records describes as "one of the best know German Death/Thrash bands" is out with CD number three and after several listens it seems that, aside from that "known" part, the label's description is fair and apt. Churning what one can describe as a by and large original death thrash metal, the German unit delivers 16 + 1 aggressive hymns with comparisons to bands as diverse as Phantasm, Benediction and Warlord UK. Musically though, in a pure metal context, the band walks its own path. Vocally, and in the absence of a line-up mentioned anywhere, they come over as pretty wicked sounding. What that means is that the singer manages a rather evil projection with his gruff delivery. On a track like Epitaph - suitably the album's closer - though, there is a hint of either a second vocalist or a near-killer dual delivery from the same larynx. This is not bad for a band that has nowhere near the profile of Fleshcrawl or Blood, but manages to show that perhaps a late recognition is due. - Ali "The Metallian"
POSTMORTEM - STORM FORCE - MORBID
German thrashers Postmortem must have been playing one show too many with fellow country men Rammstein. With a slight course correction (hardly the word, but...), the band is shipping five tracks here; two being industrial remixes of older tunes, one being a re-mastered version and also featuring two previously unheard tracks in the form of Create to Fear and Lethal Devil. The music is thrash noise and the vocals bark and scream with gusto. It's pretty good for what they do, but EPs are a hard sell regardless. - Ali "The Metallian"