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Madder Mortem : All Flesh is Grass

After a long wait and Madder Mortem having been transformed into an almost completely new band (only two original bandmember are left), this album was a huge shock to me. While at times lacking in originality, I loved their debut album and was very excited when hearing about this new album (despite its weird name). In the last 4 years Madder Mortem have changed a lot. So lets go over the changes.

The first major thing that struck me, was that the music has become much harsher; it even involves, prepare for this one, Nu-metal elements. Especially the sometimes added harsh male vocals give the music a much more hardcorish feel. The music itself has also become less melodic and more back to a simpler metal basic, often consisting of simple riffs that change throughout a song, creating rather hard to digest and loosely tied together songs. The songs have also become much shorter. Of course this means that the band left their The 3rd and the Mortal "feel" behind, they have found their own sound on this album.

My first reaction was the same as your reaction probably is while reading the above description with terms like 'Nu-metal': shock, unbelief and regret. However, Agnette's still wonderful vocals kept me listening to this album non the less and it does grow on you. While a lot of the emotional feeling has gone from this album, it is still to be found when looked for. This is a far from positive album. 'To Kill and Kill Again' and 'Breaker of Worlds' are good examples of songs where the emotions are hidden, but they are definitely there. This time more focusing on giving up and blind hate. Songs like 'Turn the War On' and 'Traitor's Mark' seem to follow in the wake of the more defaitist emotions found on 'Mercury'. But the mystery land one could drift off to on 'Mercury', you won't find here.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Breaker of Worlds
2. To Kill and Kill Again
3. The Cluster Children
4. Ruby Red
5. Head on Pillow
6. Turn the War On
7. 4 Chambers
8. Ten Times Defeat
9. Traitor's Mark

Duration : Approx. 48 minutes

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Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Aldo Quispel
Rotten Copper
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