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Review: Mortillery - Murder Death Kill
Murder Death Kill

Label: Napalm Records
Year released: 2011
Duration: 42:12
Tracks: 10
Genre: Thrash Metal

Rating: 4/5

Review online: October 6, 2012
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Readers Rating
Murder Death Kill

Rated 3.67/5 (73.33%) (6 Votes)

Murder Death Kill is the debut album from Edmonton, Alberta's 5-piece Thrash Metal band Mortillery. The two women and three men that comprise the band play songs rife with speed, aggression and more speed. Murder Death Kill brings me back to the Speed Metal of Metallica's Kill ‘Em All, Nuclear Assault's Survive and Toxik's World Circus. Singer Cara McCutchen delivers her lyrics with an angry, caustic shout and blows the doors off other non-operatic female singers like Huntress' Jill Janus. Lead guitarist Alex Scott's solos are vibrant and energetic, in an early Kirk Hammett kind of way, and are often woven into the melody of each song, something sure to please guitar aficionados.

Mortillery isn't trying to break the mold for this type of Thrash so the songs on Murder Death Kill aren't particularly unique. That hardly matters since they are played so well. The exception would be "Without Weapons." Easily their best song, Mortillery stepped up their songwriting and alternated tempos between the usual 100 miles per hour and a slightly slower pace, giving the song an epic quality. McCutchen shows she isn't just a screamer and can actually sing.

Murder Death Kill is an impressive debut for Mortillery. It should please all Thrash fans; especially those dedicated to early 80s Speed Metal. Get ready to bang your head.

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