The whole is greater than the sum of the parts with the new Doom split by Mortiferum and Hyperdontia.
This split release was meant to be a companion EP for a tour the two bands were going to do together in 2020. We all know what happened to every tour this year. Still, the split exists and is being released now at the end of the year as a sort of prelude to the tour that will happen as soon as live music rises from its temporary grave.
One side is Mortiferum, a Washington state Death Metal band that made big waves with their album Disgorged From Psychotic Depths last year. Playing to the Doom side of the field, they contribute “Abhorrent Genesis,” a lurker drenched in cemetery fog. The beautiful distortion and foreboding riffs slowly squeeze the life out of you for a minute and a half or so until the tempo lurches forward and escape is clearly no longer possible. The low register vocals are a surrounding force and the noticeable lead guitar work is a defining characteristic of the band.
Another side is Hyperdontia, whose members come from Turkey and Denmark. Their first full-length appeared in 2018, Nexus Of Teeth, and they have issued a bevy of EPs and singles as well in the past few years. The Doom lives in the ever-present background of “Punctured Soul,” encircling the Black and Death Metal centerpieces in a dark cloak. The music is aggressive and understandable; the sentiments and intentions, joinable. Whirring guitar work and determined drumming are interspersing agents in the caustic dankness of the music. It is a whetstone for your imagination.
Available now at the links below, this seven inch will definitely get you into the appropriate headspace for the holidays. Recommended.
Mortiferum band photo by Carter Murdoch.
Hyperdontia Facebook, http://www.facebook.com/hyperdontia
Hyperdontia Bandcamp, http://hyperdontiaofficial.bandcamp.com
Carbonized Bandcamp, http://www.carbonizedrecords.bandcamp.com
Me Saco Un Ojo, http://www.mesacounojo.com
Me Saco Un Ojo Bandcamp, http://www.mesacounojo.bandcamp.com