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Creation Undone

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Creation Undone
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Type: Full-Length
Release Date: February 23rd, 2024
Genre: Death
1. We Rise We Fall
2. The End Of Reason
3. Painful Conflict
4. Unforeseen Obstacles
5. Perfect Prey
6. Soul Piercing Sorrow
7. Into Temptation
8. Self Destructive Emotions
9. Oblivion
10. By Design

Review by Michael on March 17, 2024.

Dwelling for 34 years in the death metal underground, the American legends Morta Skuld never gave up and neither they cared about any trends in the scene. With their latest full-length Creation Undone which is their 7th output nothing has changed about that.

Opening with 'We Rise We Fall' they shout out a huge 'fuck off' to all trends and steamroll everything and everyone who couldn't find shelter. I guess that you can already read in my words that there isn't anything new or innovative, but sometimes the good old crowbar is the best thing you can focus on. The guys always find a perfect balance between technical, brutal and groovy death metal parts so that the whole thing doesn't get too demanding, boring or hilarious but stays pretty much entertaining. Just check a song like 'Painful Conflict', you might get some very nostalgic feelings. This is so fucking old-school and almost a throwback to the beginning of the 90s, sound-wise and also from the songwriting. This song might be some kind of blueprint for typical USDM back then. The guys are pretty convincing when it comes to ultra-fast blast beat attacks but can they also go slow? Yes, they prove in 'Perfect Prey' that they also can do some more groovy parts without losing one percent of their brutality and relentlessness. The guitars are buzzing without remorse and the solo in that song is just sheer insanity in minor. Another slower track is 'Soul Piercing Sorrow' which has some simple but nevertheless highly interesting leads in it and comes up with some Cannibal Corpse-vibes. So there is to state that Morta Skuld did a highly diverse album with Creation Undone. Apart from blasting through most of the tracks they have some more doomy approaches, too. Nevertheless the songwriting is sometimes pretty confusing and challenging and needs to be explored with all the breaks and turns. But this doesn't mean that the songs are bad or boring. It is just some kind of tricky rhythm the guys have incorporated into their songwriting.

The production is very thick and powerful, and you can hear all instruments very clearly what often isn't the case. Even the bass is very significant (not like the snarling bass when it comes to “Individual Thought Patterns” but a little bit) and as I said, it sounds pretty much like in the 90s. And talking about this era, most influential on the songwriting were bands like Cannibal Corpse, Vader or Death which is absolutely no mistake.

Rating: 8 out of 10