MORTALICUM - EYES OF THE DEMON
(Metal On Metal Records)
Review by Sloof
Mortalicum started in 2006 in the area of Sundsvall, Sweden and two members of the lineup play in another band as well Quicksand Dream. While the latter can be described as an Epic Heavy Metal band, while Mortalicum prefers to play more into the Doom metal direction mixed with old school Hard Rock influences. The band released already a few albums on Metal On Metal Records, same goes for the new effort ‘Eyes Of The Demon’. I’m honest by saying that the band is rather unknown to me, but they surprised me all the way. Their kind of musical approach and craftsmanship appeals to my personal favorite music style and I’m going to see if I can get a hand on their previous releases as well.
Really wonderful vocals by Henrik Hôgl who seems to be capable to add a lot of variety in his voice, without sounding too forced. It’s all very natural, and his timbre is really enjoyable! This is music that fans of Doom Metal will appreciated but even if it contains influences, it’s not comparable with a band like e.g. Trouble. The pace is more increasing, the message isn’t that dark and the playing is joyous. ‘King Of The Sun’ and ‘Eyes Of The Demon’ are more direct and with a good speed, while ‘Iron Star’ is decreasing a lot. I personally prefer the songs with some velocity where swiftness is lifting the arrangement. Lyrical content is also very important and that’s what ‘Beneath The Oak’ reflects from the very first beginning. A song like ‘Mars’ is a short instrumental passage that fits well in between the other material on “Eyes Of The Demon”. When you want some groovy and doomy material, I advise ‘The Dream Goes On’ which has a very direct approach as well. A dark vibe occurs with the track ‘The Distant Brave’, and all this results that this album contains a lot of variety! The last track on this album is taking +8 minutes, so you can expect a lot in ‘Onward In Time’. This hymn can be considered as my personal favorite track on this fourth album!
I do have a lot of respect for this trio, as the sound of the songs is mature and full of details, and that’s not such an easy task. The drums of Andreas are like mortar: they build up a fixed and completely solid totality! The bass of Patrick Backlund is present all the time and supports the guitars of Henrik as good as possible. ‘Beyond the darkest night, lies the brightest day’ is the message that you see when you remove the CD, and I fully confirm! Mortalicum Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mortalicum Order at: http://metal-on-metal.com/shop/#!/MORTALICUM-“Eyes-of-the-Demon”-CD/p/56983413/category=2707104
My rating: 84 / 100
95+ : Outstanding, high valued albums & Classic Ones… a direct purchase is advisable !
Between 90 and 95: Surpasses the style of music, must be heard/ordered by every Metal fan
Between 80 and 89: Good in its own genre, recommended for those hooked on it
Between 70 and 79: Decent but best previewing
Between 60 and 69: Rather moderate
Between 50 and 59: Bad, substandard
50- : Rubbish