Mortifera
Vastiia Tenebrd Mortifera


4.5
superb

Review

by Seth T. White (Cravinov13) USER (61 Reviews)
August 9th, 2007 | 26 replies | 8,964 views


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist


4 of 4 thought this review was well written

Mortifera is a French black metal band that is the former home of the Neige of Alcest and Amesoeurs fame. If you’ve heard of the band Celestia (another somewhat famous French black metal act), you probably have an idea of Mortifera’s music. This is not to say Mortifera is bad or anything, just not one of the most original black metal acts out there. This is what I thought before I actually gave it a good listen. Mortifera’s musical intensity out plays Celestia at it’s own game, and goes beyond the normal standards of your typical black metal album.

The opening track, Fbrahgments, begins with smooth, melodic guitar strums followed by some frantic drum lines that lead the guitar strums into a serious of vicious strikes at the guitar creating a very unique and off color guitar chug riff. The music then jumps into a more typical black metal standard of thick, distorted atmosphere and fast paced guitar riffs with the bass occasionally breathing through. The instrumental is a good intro into the album but not so much a solid track. Le Revenant breaks off the first track with a higher pitch guitar riff and some simple blast beats, followed by some of Neige’s powerful screeches. The song then tones down a tad bit as it hits the 50 second marker. The vocals are torn with agony (both emotionally and probably physically). The song then hits a breakdown of melodic strumming before jumping back into the fray of probably some of the ‘happiest’ black metal I’ve heard guitar wise. The song ends leaving you confused as to the true intentions of Mortifera’s music.

A Last Breath Before Extinction begins on a more steady pace. The song is less chaotic and probably for the better. The vocals are more controlled and the music feels a bit restrained (which can only be said when put into terms the chaotic nature of the previous track). The song’s end is rendered with beautiful guitar strumming and vocals that sound like the guy is dying by chocking on a rat. Very grim. Elegance sets in with Epilogue D'une Existence De Cryssthal with some slow, almost angelic guitar strums provide a gateway to the next track. Ciel Brouillé begins with an assault of more high pitch atmospheric guitar riffs followed by more of Neige’s fitting harsh vocals. The song has much more solid foundation to it then Le Revenant, making it one of the better tracks on the album. At certain parts during the instrumentals of the song, the music shows signs of shoegaze influence (think My Bloody Valentine) which adds more pleasure to the song’s orgasmic touch.

Abstrbve Negabvtiyon Rebssurectyion is probably the biggest heavy hitter on the album, with a more deeper guitar tone and powerful drum lines, the song meets a more standard black metal brutality. Neige’s voice fits well with the darker atmosphere, since before his presence added chill to the beauty of previous tracks. The song has some of the best guitar work on the album and it’s progressive nature makes it yet another dominate track in Mortifera’s arsenal. Aux Confins Des Tenebrss is another track shrouded in melodic beauty. The drums blend well with the melodic guitar strumming that overpowers the song with a calming essence. The music then bursts into a cry of anger as Neige takes over vocals and the guitar strumming turns to riffs. There are no lyrics to the track, just Neige breaking out some painstakingly high shrieks no mortal man could possibly do.

The final track, Fruits Of A Tragic End, is easily the weakest, being a Celestia cover. The song has more swing to it and follows a more typical black metal formula. Overall it’s subpar to the rest of the album (aside from a nice guitar riff that dominates the whole mid section of the song). So yes, if you’ve heard of Celestia, you probably know about Mortifera. Though Celestia came first, I can easily and gladly say (again) that Mortifera blows Celestia out of the water at their own game. Definitely a must have for Neige fans and black metal fans alike.



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Cravinov13
August 9th 2007



3854 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This album is a grim experience. I had to review it before someone else did.

LifeInABox
August 9th 2007



3708 Comments


This review sucked. I negged. Poopface.

Cravinov13
August 9th 2007



3854 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

>:[ Meanie. (attacks your bearded man)

LifeInABox
August 9th 2007



3708 Comments


>:{( "You got nothin on me son!"This Message Edited On 08.09.07

Cravinov13
August 9th 2007



3854 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Now I'm in review mode. I may review Mechina or Bethlehem soon. Ohhhh, and I need to review Semen Across Lips.

Cravinov13
August 9th 2007



3854 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Any feedback on my review style? I feel like it's not cool enough.

Unreal
August 9th 2007



229 Comments


you seem to have an strange fetish for french black metal
this dosn't really catch my attention though

any feedback on my review style?

its just like a track by track review...no thrills (sry)
I posd its well written though (language n' stuff)This Message Edited On 08.09.07

Cravinov13
August 9th 2007



3854 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I have a fetish for good black metal.

Come to think of it, I've v=never seen a cool review either.

rattlehead42147
August 9th 2007



1345 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

i like this a lot actually, thanks crav!

Cravinov13
August 9th 2007



3854 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

sure thing. I just got it yesterday so I had to review it. hailz!

Confessed2005
August 9th 2007



3314 Comments


Semen Across Lips is amazing, I've spoken to the dude on myspace a couple of times.

Sweet links you e-mailed me btw Crav, I shall possibly review the Sadus and Mephistopheles albums sometime soon.

Cravinov13
August 9th 2007



3854 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

awesome. yeah, he changed his name to Parabtruse. I promised him to review his album so that's what I'll do next.

FR33L0RD
August 9th 2007



1461 Comments


Seem interesting, good review & pos vote

Tyler
Emeritus
August 9th 2007



7928 Comments


just got this yesterday classic 4,5/5

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
August 9th 2007



16246 Comments


Crav is probably the worst reviewer on this site.... I pos'ed.

lol jk, this sounds really good.

Cravinov13
August 9th 2007



3854 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

You would like this a lot.

Zoo
August 9th 2007



3759 Comments


I'm not big on black metal, but I believe in giving everything a chance. I'll look into these guys.

Cravinov13
August 9th 2007



3854 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Good man.

robin2220
August 15th 2007



569 Comments


Wow, I didn't think Neige was this popular already. This is a good album but it's rather inconsistent and choppy. It's much better then Peste Noir though IMO.

BallsToTheWall
March 3rd 2009



44164 Comments


Finding this now.



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