Mordenial make their triumphant return on July 31st 2017 with their second album, The Plague which will be released via Black Lion Records.
Mixing melodic death metal with a thrash sensibility, The Plague begins things strongly with the self-titled track. A heavy beat with a crunchy groove element shows that Mordenial mean business.
That groove element is what drives the album forward. The thumping drum beat & blistering solo of Daylight is Gone, the crushing riffs of Burning Soil & the meaty catchiness of Salvation keep things exciting.
One of the most memorable things about The Plague are the guitar solos. A major component of every song, they sweep & soar through the mind & lifting the soul up. The ones that comes near the end of No Empathy & Save You All are particularly stunning.
Vocally the album is really on point. The lyrics based around concepts of plague & sung in darkly guttural & evil style that wouldn’t be out of place on a black metal release.
“I am here to save you all, I am here to make you fall.”
The latter half of the album just keeps throwing out groove-infused metal with banging solos. The up-tempo vibe & brutal screams of Follow the Cross, the slow beat & epic solo of Emotions & the intense ferocious finale of The End sees things out in style.
Out of the ten tracks on The Plague there isn’t a bad song amongst the bunch, just damn good metal.
Mordenial – The Plague Full Track Listing:
1. The Plague
2. Daylight is Gone
3. Burning Soil
5. No Empathy
6. Save You All
7. All Has Vanished
8. Follow the Cross
10. The End
Mordenial - The Plague (Black Lion Records)
The Final Score - 8.5/10