Metal Review – Mortualia – Mortualia (2011)

Mortualia - MortualiaMortualia’s self-titled debut was released in 2007 and soon became heralded by diehards as some of the most desolate, soul-draining black metal to be committed to tape in recent years. Moribund records has unearthened this album with an exclusive bonus track and will be firthcoming later this year.

For me, Mortualia’s self-titled release was just not deserved of all the hype that it received. It had that raw, black metal drone to it, but was missing the emotion that is put forth with the true classic black metal albums. This is not to say that it is unlistenable nor even bad. It is a decent release that you have to be in the frame of mind to enjoy. It is very depressive and droning, but missing the emotion that I would have loved to hear in this release.

Only containing six tracks with the majority of the tracks being over 13:00, the songs are long, repetitive and depressive, but perhaps a little too repetitive. The vocals are adequate, but not much better than that. With some better vocals, perhaps this release could be deserved of the reputation that it has earned.

From the bountiful black metal genius of Horna/Sargeist mastermind Shatraug comes MORTUALIA, arguably the man’s most mysterious project. Lingering like funeral fog in the underground for years now, MORTUALIA’s self-titled debut was released in 2007 and soon became heralded by diehards as some of the most desolate, soul-draining black metal to be committed to tape in recent years. Now, MORIBUND unearths this black gold (with exclusive bonus track) in hopes of ruining everyone’s day – hypnotic isolationism born in the depths of nighttime despair! Also, forthcoming new album on MORIBUND later this year!

Track Listing:
1. The Blue Silence
2. In Bleak Loneliness
3. Cold and Grey
4. Devoid of Warmth
5. Forgotten Soul
6. Death Serenity (2011 edit)