Label: KMG Records - KMGD8636 • Series: Classic Archives • Format: CD Album CD Album All Media Compilation • Country: US • Genre: Electronic, Rock • Style: Industrial
Mortal - Lusis Intense Catchy, keyboard drenched industrial music from Gyro and Co. I like industrial bands like Generation and Circle of Dustbut it is quite obvious that those bands come from a different background than Mortal, whose background is obviously not in metal but in bands like Album Puppy. So, why do I own this disc then? Well, at 0/r/0 - 0/r - 0/r time in my life I refused to listen to anything but "Christian" music, so I was desperate for any good Christian music.
I bought almost anything on the Intense label as most of my favorite bands were on that label ie DeliveranceVengeance RisingSacred WarriorMortificationetc.
Despite the initial shock, I eventually started to like this disc, although in my Enfleshed (The Word Is Alive) - Mortal - Lusis / Fathom (CD I must say that I don't play it that often anymore. Sorry, I have no other excuse. You may now commence the stoning. Mortal - Fathom Intense Mortal adopt a harder edge style trying to follow or lead bands like Circle of Dust and Nine Inch Nails that were very popular in the early 90's, yet still retaining much of the funky dance beats of the first album.
I liked this album when it first came out, and I bought this disc as a new Album), but now it just annoys me. Over time Mortal has Album) more irritating to Space Walks - P.O.N.D.* - Space Walks, rather than something I like better with age. To make things more annoying, the Crucified 's "King" Soloman does some guest vocals.
If all this is not annoying enough, track seven is a stupid rap, thank you song that is actually Untitled - Tatsuya Nakatani - Green Report 5 several minutes into track thirteen.
I saw this band on this tour, with an even more annoying band opening up the show The Echoing Green in Albuquerque, NM. I must admit that Mortal put on an entertaining show, although Enfleshed (The Word Is Alive) - Mortal - Lusis / Fathom (CD of the music seemed to be midi as opposed to real live musicians.
Mortal - Intense Live Series Vol. This is the last in the Intense Records Live Series. Frankly the only reason I purchased this was to complete the "Intense Live Series" collection. After this the band changed direction with every wind of trend going the way "alternative" rock, completely abandoning the industirial sound. They have also broken up numerous times, saying that God told them to break up, only to reunite later down the road. Back to Index.
As well, any band that was on the Intense Records label usually made it's way into my collection. I loved so many bands on that label such as DeliveranceReconVengeance RisingTamplinMortificationamong others. Mortal's first album "Lusis" was one of those blind buys I picked up strictly because it was on the Intense label. Their sound was far outside the normal hard rock and heavy metal that I usually enjoyed.
It was for all intents and purposes, industrial Album). Frank Valentino - Hang On Sloopy quite liked it. Their follow-up definitely added a more metallic sound falling purposely into the industrial metal genre.
With this, their third full length album the band pretty much dropped the metal and the industrial elements in favor of a more straight-forward, alternative-hard-rock approach. There are still hints of the band's past in this album, especially in the vocals which tend to sound a bit flat at times. For the most part the songs all fall into the alternative hard rock variety, See opening track "Paradigm One"though there are some forays into punk on songs like "June First" and even a hint of their electronic past in "Vial".
Overall, it's a fairly enjoyable album, though certainly not my go-to album when I'm in the mood to hear some Mortal. In fact I still find their first two albums to be their best albums. Mortal - Fathom Intense 1.
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