Norway - Full Moon 56 - 05/07/01
Sketch of Supposed Murderer
What is it with these extreme metal guys? Always inventing the most tongue-twisting "scary"
nicknames that are supposed inspire awe. Instead, to me, they end up sounding rather silly. And
the silliest of them all must be one-man-band Morgul's Jack D. Ripper.
Not that the name isn't fitting, though. If Dimmu Borgir makes music for satanists, then
Morgul's music is surely aimed at the mentally insane. The songs on Sketch of Supposed
Killer are pure evil, a kind of hate metal, if you will. There are the expected hard riffs
and pompous keyboards, as well as some industrial-like twists and turns that remind me somewhat
of Rammstein at times. There are also bits of a dark sounding choir on the album - very gothic
indeed! The nine tracks are truly a dark, dark journey through some severely disturbing sonic
landscapes. The exception to the rule is the album closer, She, which sounds more like
classic "cock rock" from some eighties hair band, complete with a cheesy guitar solo. Which
just makes Sketch of Supposed Murderer even more scary.
So the material is good - if the genre is of your liking - but the performance leaves
something to be desired. In particular, the drum machine, present on every track, while
programmed adequately, tends to sound rather weak. And the constant use of distortion and other
effects on the vocals does become rather annoying after a while - with the exception of
Stealth, where the weird sounding voice together with harpsichord and strings conjures up
images of some nineteenth century mad scientist, furiously working in his laboratory towards his
goal of world domination. But nevertheless, Morgul would probably benefit from having more live
musicians contributing to the sound.
I've heard some sick shit in my time, but Morgul can certainly crack nuts with the best of
'em. Clearly the work of a severely demented mind - not that there's anything wrong with that.
Copyright © 2001 Kentil'zha
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Date: Fri, 07 Dec 2001 20:56:28
From: ****** ****** <******@******.**.**>
wanker. the song "she" from morgul's "sketch of the supposed murder" is a cover
of the kiss song. now not everyone is a kiss fan, and neither am i, but at least
get your facts straight lest you end up looking the fool. which you did.
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