Check out the logo for this Irish death metal band Morphosis. Now go to Metal Archives and check out the logo for Colombian death metal band Masacre. See the similarities? Substract the shaky hand used for the Morphosis logo and what we got is the same font. Just thought I’d mention that since that’s the first thing that jumped at me when I first looked at the debut by this Dublin quartet. The cover around it is awesome too, but with its sober use of black, gray and whites, it takes a backseat to the silver of their logo.
Musically speaking Rise of the Bastard Deities crushes. The music is loose, messy, hyper violent, enthusiastic and vibrant like only debut recordings can be. Uncorrupted by experience, unseasoned by years and months of gigging around, untouched by the watchful eye of a know-it-all producer. Morphosis play death metal like our much loved Begrime Exemious played death metal; with an absolute and sincere sense of abandonment, with the spirit of wild beasts and the drive of blind men on a rage. Thrash metallers shall do justice to their genre of choice and look here for inspiration, Rise of the Bastard Deities thrashes like crazy and wipes its butt with all those denim jackets that have been sold since the emergence of Municipal Waste.
The vocalist goes by the name of Squelch, which means among other things, ‘a crushing reply’, ‘to crush by’, ‘to suppress’, ‘to put down’. And I could not think of a moniker more appropriate. He matches the racket of his rambunctious band and almost gets to a pig-like tone, but for the most part, prefers to remain somewhere between the guttural belch of a typical death metal monster and the ghostly and phantasmagoric tone of a truly evil death metal leadman. The thing with Morphosis is their style ain’t all the rage these days. Where you got your uber technical wank-meisters and your Swede school disciples, thrashed out death metal like this, unfortunately tends to go unnoticed.