With a background in punk and hardcore behind them, (As well as being in an all girl Slayer tribute act called Slaywhore) Caryn Havlik, Kristen Nosek and Lesley Wolf have now transcended and progressed into what they are today, namely Mortals, a gnarly combination of black metal and sludge straight from the mean streets of Brooklyn! Five years on from their debut album ‘Encyclopedia of Myths’ and Mortals have returned sporting a deal inked with Relapse Records and a brand new opus going by the thought provoking name of ‘Cursed to see the Future’.
Opening with ‘View from a Tower’ and things get off to a very no nonsense start with this aggressive trio making very loud noises indeed! A controlled frenzy of drumming, the deep rumble of bass and hostile, cold riffs all mesh superbly to create a driven piece of down tuned, booming black metal fury, topped off by raw/savage vocal work!
Yet despite the bands obvious flair for aggression and destruction do not be fooled into thinking that Mortals are a one trick pony! ‘Cursed to see the Future’ is six tracks of brutality for sure but beneath the surface there are many subtle little graces working away to make this album special. Chip away lightly at the albums crust and you’ll find a wonderful weaving maze of guitar melodies, intricate bass playing and complex drum signatures. In moments of slower play the band create a vast soundscape of darkened harmonies and bleak tundras. indeed at times the band create something truly devastating yet atmospheric.
Give ‘Cursed to see the Future’ a few spins and it will reveal all of its subtle nuances to you. After a while you’ll be in no doubt as to why Relapse have picked up this little gem!