Published Jul 08, 2014Sometimes you don't want subtlety, gentleness, intricacy, complication. Sometimes you just want a record to pummel you mercilessly until you can't feel feelings any more, and are left a bruised, exhilarated mess. Brooklyn, New York three-piece Mortals do an exquisite job of bringing the pain with their second full-length effort, a combination of fat, leathery stoner metal tones and wire-whip black metal riffing, though it's the beating that Caryn Hvlik lays on the drums (and the listener) that is the dark star of the show.
"View From A Tower" is the perfect soundtrack for a medieval siege, all burbling screams and bubbling pitch, and "Devilspell" has a kind of bloody joy that only an accomplished torturer can touch. If you like your pain mixed with brimstone and evil glee, this is going to be your record of the summer. (Relapse)