Re: Madder Mortem ...

Author:John Frank
Date:2018-10-03 18:59:18
In Reply To:Re: Madder Mortem ... by Matt Johnsen

"Madder Mortem - Marrow"

I won't lie. These guys are hard work. Their sound is an alternative to the alternative rock/metal sound. Their sound is hard to define. It is fashioned from ash and smoke. . Think Portishead, P.J. Harvey and Katatonia passively aggressively discussing philosophy whilst stoned.

Of course I like them.They are too "out there" not to like. Plus Agnete Kirkevaag is an extraordinary singer.
I lost track of this band a while ago, but they were still definitely a metal band at that point. I should dig into their later discography a bit.
They were still a metal band through Red in Tooth and Claw (2016). Have not heard the new one yet, but I look forward to doing so.

Madder Mortem - Red in Tooth and Claw / prog metal

The vocals of Agnete M. Kirkevaag are awesome, and the best songs on this album recall the greatness of All Flesh Is Grass - such crescendo and catharsis. There is some interesting drumming on these tracks as well. However, as on their previous album, Eight Ways (2009), the song quality varies considerably from track to track. "Blood on the Sand" and "If I Could" come close to Madder Mortem at their best. "Pitfalls", "Parasites", and "Underdogs" are worthwhile. I can pass on the other five tunes.

Madder Mortem - Eight Ways (2009)

Dig just four tunes: "Formaldehyde", "The Little Things", "Armour", "Life, Lust & Liberty".

Could not get into Desiderata (2006) or Deadlands (2002). All Flesh Is Grass (2001) rules. Did not care for Mercury (1999).

"It's not exactly a horrible album, but it's no better than something by, I dunno, Pagan's Mind or some other shirt-tucking nerdprog band." - Matt Johnsen of Pharaoh
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