When it comes to underground death metal, most bands take heavy influences from Immolation, Suffocation, Asphyx, Malevolent Creation, Hate Eternal and Incantation. New Hampshire’s Angel Morgue are on the rise within the death metal spectrum to unleash the dirtiest, filthiest and raw sounding releases that will satisfy any fans of the genre. Debuting through Redefining Darkness Records, In The Morgue Of Angels has plenty of offer when it comes to the lyrics, songwriting and production. Perhaps what drew me to this band was not only hearing their brilliant compositions or organic lyrical content, but they seem to incorporate many hybrids of old school death metal but with a unique and creative twist to their sound. Musically, it’s like listening to Diabolical Conquest era of Incantation due to that doomy and eerie atmosphere where each song is blended so perfectly without losing it’s sense of touch and value.
They’ve painted some of the most authentic and stabilized old school inspired musical components that will immediately grind your teeth beginning to front. From the production reminding me of Unleashed, Grave, Revel Of Flesh and even Gatecreeper to a extent this is a massive improvement that will not only crush the innocence of souls but the craftsmanship is what makes the album truly shine. While many modern day American death metal artists shift towards into a much more stylistic complexity and toning down tad bit of pummeling this is in total result to bring quality over quantity. Songs such as Raped In Church, The Sigil And The Key to the blistering sounds of Cosmic Torment, Angel Morgue’s inclination is to remove some of the cryptic nature of Incantation’s music, leaving behind a time-warping ooze.
Angel Morgue aren’t just your typical run to the mill extreme metal group relying on the The raw, gory sound of the genre is attracting newcomers and revitalizing old lovers of the genres to pick up their guitars, downtune them into oblivion, and rip some tunes limb to limb but In The Morgue Of Angels fuses differing styles of death metal here works to give them an enormous advantage over the myriad of other bands riding the new wave of raw death metal; their ability to mark with pinpoint accuracy how and where the pieces they’re using fit together is an almost unbeatable leg up and over their peers for many years to come.
Overall score: 8.5/10
Review by Jake Butler