Tuesday, May 17, 2011
First Thoughts on Morbid Angel's New Track "Nevermore"
Despite not being impressed with the song's overall package, Trey's guitar work is as good as it has ever been, with some fairly nice riffs and grooves scattered throughout. The problem is that it suffers from a huge lack of hooks, making it highly unmemorable. The production, while decent for guitars, sounds incredibly artificial for the drums further, spoiling any potential enjoyment. While I have no doubt that Pete is capable of playing his drum parts out of the studio, the fake sounding aura that surrounds his playing is just fake aesthetically and tough to fully absorb.
To be honest, I prefer an unclean, yet clear, production, rather than a polished, "perfect" one that Morbid Angel use here. As if things couldn't get any worse, David's growls sound weak, a far cry from his golden days. It's disappointing to see your favorite death metal band in a predicament like this. Here's to hoping that "Nevermore" is a grower, and that the rest of the album easily tops it, ridiculous track listing and all (the song names for the album are ridiculous and not in a good way).
Click this link to take a listen to the song for yourself. No comment on how the band looks these days.
Edit: Pete did not drum on this album (or song). Thanks for the heads up! Looking it up, I see that Tim Yeung (of Divine Heresy) took over skull-bashing duties. Not exactly who I was expecting, but interesting nonetheless.