Madder Mortem
Desiderata


4.0
excellent

Review

by Voivod STAFF
October 28th, 2010 | 7 replies


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Modern crossover metal soaked in darkness and despair.

"How long can the silence hold?"

This is the first verse being heard in Madder Mortem’s 4th effort, Desiderata. It is also the last verse recited in the band’s previous record, Deadlands. The four years in silence that interjected between both albums were indeed a very long time. Severe communication problems with their record company, Century Media, left Madder Mortem without a record contract and brought them close to their status before the release of All Flesh is Grass. Fortunately, the band struggled and managed to stay alive. Desiderata is the token of this struggle.

In All Flesh is Grass, Madder Mortem conceived, yet came relatively far from solidifying a new hybrid of gloomy music (no comma) by slipstreaming influences from nu-metal and progressive rock to their already present goth/doom legacy. The perfection of this endeavor took place in full in Deadlands. In Desiderata, their songwriting is fundamentally different. While they keep the progressive rock element and their infamous “goth” semi-electro-acoustic melodic signatures alive, they enhance the nu-metal component, while they slipstream distinct influences from rock, punk rock, thrash, industrial and the blues into their songwriting. As a result of this newly developed songwriting philosophy, the slow-to-mid-tempo song pace of the previous two records coexists with the tendency to fluctuate the speed and the overall groove per track constantly.

The band performance is maintained in a high level throughout the record. The rhythm section is more than proficient at its tasks, although it is not improved by a large margin. The guitarists’ work, on the other hand, is pure mayhem. The riffing is far more diverse in comparison to the previous two records, while it’s undeniably crushing. Agnete Kirkervaag’s vocals aren’t as strong this time as in the past. Although she did a miraculous job in Deadlands, in Desiderata she is having – at times – a hard time adapting to the relative fast rhythms per song of this record. As a result, she sometimes goes off-key, but this is not annoying in a great extent. The quality of the sound production is a great step forward for the band. Voices and instruments are superbly balanced in the final mix. Especially, the sound of the guitars is immaculately devastating.

Summing up, Madder Mortem managed to channel their anger for their forced 4-year hiatus from the music industry to this record, breaking new ground not alone as a band, but in the indefinable genre of crossover metal as well. The end result is a record with no mediocre songs overall. The aforementioned rock/metal genres are mutually and fluently welded the one with the rest. Adding the band’s belief to drive its music beneath the shadows, what we have here is modern crossover metal soaked in darkness and despair.


Recommended tracks:
Evasions
Plague on This Land
The Flood to Come
Sedition
Desiderata
Hangman



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Voivod
Staff Reviewer
October 28th 2010


6344 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

My Name Is Silence:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FfD6lo_7o0U

Evasions:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SZB5uulUZAU

Plague on This Land:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oa2-Az_UbtY

Dystopia:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m-q7nQs5qfw


M for Malice:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N6ViLhZtKmA

The Flood to Come:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cY_exgMFUPQ&feature=related

Changeling:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kF9OVy1tUmQ&feature=related

Cold Stone:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K7JGgL-FM7o&feature=related

Hypnos:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RXKMJ3yzO-E&feature=related

Sedition:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SyJqRPm_Gj4&feature=related

Desiderata:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SyJqRPm_Gj4&feature=related

Hangman:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gBUK_hXb9u4&feature=related


Constructive criticism is most welcome.

Digging: Aspherium - The Fall of Therenia

Jeejee
October 28th 2010


23 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Pretty good album, possibly their best. One of the few metal bands with female singer I can tolerate.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
October 28th 2010


6344 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i think their best is Deadlands

Jethro42
October 28th 2010


12644 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good review dude and it's a good thing to see someone covering their discog. Band is pretty damn solid.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
October 28th 2010


6344 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thanx for the feedback Jethro.

i might review Eight Ways as well, just for the sake of completion, although the already existing review is excellent.

FR33L0RD
December 18th 2010


1466 Comments


Good band

fireaboveicebelow
December 24th 2011


6837 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

How long can the silence hold? Add quotation marks if it's a quote

Oddly enough, it is the last verse heard in the band’s previous record, Deadlands. Is it odd, or just conscious? Doesn't it show that the band knows what it wants to do? I think it's a strong thing to open with, I wouldn't include "Leaving aside" but the point you make in that sentence is kinda great in tandem with the line from the song(s).

How does Desiderata stand with respect to the band’s previous work? You can discuss that, and did, without asking it, remove.

In All Flesh is Grass, Madder Mortem conceived, yet came relatively far from completion, a new hybrid of gloomy music, by slipstreaming influences from nu-metal and progressive rock to their already present goth/doom legacy. "conceived, yet came relatively far from solidifying a new hybrid of gloomy music (no comma) by slipstreaming influences...."

semi-electro-acoustic melodic interludes alive They're not interludes, they're part of their sound, change to "signature"

The end result is a record with no mediocre songs overall. The aforementioned rock/metal genres are mutually and fluently welded the one with the rest. Adding the band’s belief to drive its music beneath the shadows, what we have here is modern crossover metal soaked in darkness and despair. This should go in your brief conclusion.

You again discuss the instruments after this, but you seem to be stuck in a formula (I don't know if you've changed since then), try not to carve a niche in your style. Experiment with how else you can discuss the instruments without dedicating a paragraph to listing them off. Same with this (which are important points):

The quality of the sound production is a great step forward for the band. Voices and instruments are superbly balanced in the final mix. Especially, the sound of the guitars is immaculately devastating.



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