Morgue Orgy

The Last Man On Earth

Written by: MN on 01/04/2014 11:36:23

Whether Tipper Gore still cringes at the thought of macabre metal/rock names and content is somewhat irrelevant nowadays. These days, band names like Morgue Orgy are arguably always topped in controversy by bands like Vaginal Defecation, Slutvomit, Anal cunt, Begging For Incest and some of the more humourous ones like Armageddon Dildos, Aggressive Snail Attack and Almighty Lumberjacks Of Death. Morgue Orgy, in the spirit of unadulterated fun, is just a name with dark and humourous implications and is, in the end, secondary as the music itself is ten times more interesting. Grounded within the sphere of death metal, Morgue Orgy have proven themselves worthy on the scene with two commendable EP's that display their sheer versatility and intensity. They are a breath of fresh air on a somewhat stagnant melo-death scene. Neoclassical elements characterized their early works and this prog-inspired approach led to the creation of a gothic yet flamboyant sound which may cater to a certain segment of the metal community. However, what makes Morgue Orgy stand out even further is their understanding of the all-embracing punchy riff that often is forgotten in similar bands where the double-pedal just speeds away at full throttle with barely any rests.

It is clear from the get-go that Morgue Orgy are not traditionalists. The opening track named “They Came From Outer Space” starts off with organ synths and clinical twitches that reminisce of sci-fi, all the while the nerdyness is complimented by a viscious blast-beat induced segment which pummels this intro into oblivion. Vocalist "GRAY" is both a lion and a snarling wolf with both gruelling death growls and high pitched shrieks and screams bringing an element of northerly darkness. “4 Days” is a song inspired by numerous folkloric stories of witchcraft and medieval witch hunts. The lyrics are theatrical and humourous, almost like a horror rock opera set in a death metal setting.

One of the more conventional tracks of melodeath is “The Last Of The Summer's Wine” which for a big part of the song leaves me a bit bored until a squealing guitar solo yanks me by the navel out of my seat. Morgue Orgy have also given the keyboards plenty of playing time in their orchestrations, from the theatrical synths in “Castle Freak” to clean piano segments in the interlude “Waiting For The End”. One of the strongest tracks is “The Last Man On Earth (The Diary Of Saint George)” where crazy guitar twists are centre stage along with a clearly thrash-inspired execution.

The vocalist again proves himself tireless, managing to dish out his lyrics with precision and speed. Some people have compared him to Dani Filth of their national neighbours Cradle Of Filth, but I think such a comparison is futile as this guy stands his own ground and deserves independence. Instrumentally, Morgue Orgy have found the right sound and an equally good production ensures that demerits are not delivered on that basis.

If I were to dig out any negative sides I would say that some of the songs blend too easily into each other and therefore do not stand out as single autonomous compositions. Of course this means the album flows well together, but it is sometimes difficult to follow where one idea flows into another. All in all, however, Morgue Orgy have surprised me greatly as in my prejudiced state of mind I was expecting some badly produced grindcore, instead I found a healthy dose of youthful melodeath with a sense for variation, theatricalities and very importantly, the strive for hedonism in the best sense of the word. Morgue Orgy are clearly some guys who love to play metal and can see the humouristic side behind every endeavour they pursue. I hope to see them venture with the same resilience in the next record.


Download: In The Smoke Of The Green Ghost, They Came From Outer Space, 4 Days
For The Fans Of: Netherbid, Stormlord, Anaal Nathrakh

Release Date 13.01.2014
Self-Released (Hold Tight)

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