Mortiis - The Grudge review
01. Broken Skin
02. Way Too Wicked
03. The Grudge
04. Decadent & Desperate
05. The Worst In Me
07. Twist The Knife
08. The Loneliest Thing
09. Le Petit Cochon Sordide
Well, what do you have here? A troll in a discothèque. It's a good qualification for Mortiis' last album. Mortiis' music implies a continuous evolution. And he succeeded in surprising his audience, once again. This last album, "Grudge", is closer, in a way, to "The Smell of Rain", than, for example, the magnificent "Stargate". You could question, and you are right, of course, the reviewing of such an album on a metal site. But don't draw a conclusion so soon.
Indeed, don't expect for an album with heavy guitars, riffs or even symphonic arrangements, because it's not so. It is an electronic & industrial product instead, with beat and electronic devices. You could confound the author of such an album, if you don't know his name. There are two possibilities for "reading" this release: it is music for discotheque or we are witnesses to an artist who doesn't care what other's saying, but he is willing to search something new in his music. It's obvious he keeps searching; and perhaps he will do the same in the future. That's why I admire him.
If you search an album in vein of his older releases, don't go for this: it will "disappoint" you. But if you want to see Mortiis' new "face", an industrial one, check this out.
The first time when I've heard this album I was a bit shocked. But now I'm fine. I started to accept and even to like this new Mortiis.
One single track seems to remember his past: the last one entitled "Asthma". It really sounds like someone's suffocated breath. Quite interesting. On the album there's another soft track: "The loneliest thing", even if the beat could be heard. I like the 9th track, entitled "Le petit cochon sordide".
I'm waiting to see what our troll could bring in the future; he has an immense potential.
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