MORTUARY DRAPE – Spiritual Independence
Ten years on from the disappointing ‘Buried in Time,’ Italian extreme metal pioneers are back with their fifth full-length release ‘Spiritual Independence.’ For those already familiar with the band, I can say the style is no different from anything they released before – a hybrid of death/thrash metal with tons of eerie atmosphere and compelling riffs and melodies.
While I am a big fan of ‘Secret Sudaria’ and love the compilation ‘Into the Catachtonium’ I am a little less impressed this time around. The reason for this is quite simple – ‘Spiritual Independence’ does little to extend the MD sound or demonstrate the type of development that you’d expect from a band that had over 25 years to hone its craft. So nothing wrong per se, but having heard this record, and although I like it, I think the world could still spin on without it. Of course fans of the band will like it, because it offers more of what they already love and newcomers of the band will find as representative a slice of MD as they would on any other release. But the real question is – How well does the unmodified MD sound hold up in 2014? You’ll have to judge that one for yourselves.