- Album: 'Wounds Deeper than Time'
- Label: 'Peaceville'
- Genre: 'Heavy Metal'
- Release Date: '17th February 2017'
Peaceville has a long-established reputation as a stable for super-heavy metal in all its myriad forms, and Morta Skuld’s ‘Wounds Deeper than Time’ has been a long time in coming (in fact, their last new studio album was way back in 1997, a whole 20 years ago) and is what you might call an archetypal classic death metal album.
The temptation to pedantically question the actual content of the title – is time deep? Surely something which is conceptually linear, or even cyclical, is measured in length rather than depth – is driven from mind by the full sonic assault that piledrives its way from the speakers.
For all the riffage – by turns slow, hefty grinders and lightning-speed blankets of fretwork – for all the demonic fury of the vocals, it’s the drums that dominate and define the album’s sound. The double-pedal action on the drumming is blistering, thunderous, like a barrage of AK-47s and bazooka blasts all at once. Phrases like ‘full-throttle’ and ‘explosive’ really don’t do the intense percussive assault justice.
As such, ‘Wounds Deeper than Time’ delivers exactly what it sets out to, and no-one’s likely to feel let down by this by way of a comeback.