Tuesday, May 17, 2011

First Thoughts on Morbid Angel's New Track "Nevermore"

After an eight year hiatus, death metallers Morbid Angel are back. Even though "Nevermore" has been streaming for only a week, I'm just now getting around to listening to it. According to various posts, there appear to be two opinions hovering around the song: those who call it the greatest comeback ever, and those calling it complete rubbish. I fall into the latter. I find the track to be rather forgettable, a feeble attempt to recapture glory that the band once had. It's only wishful thinking that Morbid Angel will match the material on their debut or Covenant.

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.

 http://www.decibelmagazine.com/featured/streaming-morbid-angel-nevermore/

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.

-TMA

3 comments:

  1. Pete didn't drum on this album due to back injury. He was replaced by a drummer from Vital Remains if I remember correctly.

    But yeah, I sort of agree with you. This album is going to be pretty much Morbid Angel catching up with the overproduced modern death metal albums.

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  2. Wow, thanks for the heads up! I had no idea! I feel as if this album is going to fade into the sea of generic death metal albums.

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  3. I guess I should have known. Doesn't look like Pete is in the photo in the link I provided.

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