Mortal Form
The Reckoning

1. The Reckoning
2. Storm Before Calm
3. Forsaken Graves
4. Dungeon
5. Apocalyptic Aftermath
6. As Nature Turns Evil (The Sleeper Awakes)
7. Miasma
8. The Fever Pitch
9. Radiation Breath
10. Sinners Repent

Oscar - Bass
Bastiaan - Drums
Ralph - Vocals
Teun - Guitars
Vincent - Guitars

Evil Rebord (2002)
Taste the Blood (2009)

Rogier Van Der Weiden - vocals (4,7,10)

Produced by Jörg Uken

Released 2013-05-13
Reviewed 2013-07-15

my kingdom music

Dutchmen in Mortal Form ready for The Reckoning. This is what appeared ahead when I devoted my attention to this new album by these guys who call themselves Mortal Form. The cover artwork looks a bit death metallic, maybe thrash metal and reading that the inspirations are bands like Morbid Angel and their likes and to be completely honest it is rather obvious.

It is paint-by-numbers death metal, meaning that it is more or less like moulded to a format set down in the past and then kept forever in the genre. There is nothing new, nothing groundbreaking coming from these dutchmen. The vocals are death metal dull and melodies are just like any other. Think of death metal and you’ll hear something along the lines of this. The production is good for what it is but at the same time it is the same as most other bands in the genre, nowhere in this album is there anything new on offer so if you like the same old then you’ll probably like this.

The best thing about this album is probably that the album doesn’t play for more than forty minutes, that way it never really falls down the bottomless well of boredom that is classic death metal. Sure there are some thrash influences there as well but don’t be fooled into thinking that it innovates or deviates in any way and this is the real problem. We have heard it all before, many times and it also raises a question: why isn’t it allowed to really do something of your own within the death metal genre? why do the fans demand the same thing over and over and over again? because this is what this is, the same thing as it always is within the genre.

I am not impressed, it may not be bad but it is just the same as it always is in the traditional death metal genre and I for one am getting really bored with hearing albums that sound the same and trying to write something I haven’t already written. So, if you like your death metal the same as it always is, like a tradition, then you’ll find this good as well. If you, like me, like to hear something you haven’t heard before when you hear a new album then this is not for you. It may be good depending on your disposition and what you desire from a new album, I leave it and move on.



Label: My Kingdom Music
Three similar bands: Morbid Angel/Sodom/Slayer
Rating: HHHHHHH (3/7)
Reviewer: Daniel Källmalm

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