Morbid
December Moon


4.0
excellent

Review

by CaptainDooRight USER (93 Reviews)
September 28th, 2012 | 37 replies


Release Date: 1987 | Tracklist


Underground death metal demos are sometimes tits and Morbid’s December Moon is no exception. Featuring members of Entombed and Nihilist, Morbid released two demo’s before calling it quits after their one year formation in 1987; leaving behind a tasty precursor of what would shortly take place a few years later under Entombed. December Moon shows these Swedes ripping some of the freshest riffs in the underground death metal scene. With a production that is as crusty and frothy as a convulsing bowl of captain crunch, guitarist Uffe Cerdelund and drummer Lars-Goran Petrov reak havoc through 4 tracks of unrelenting solid death metal; not to mention two brief interludes of clean/depressive guitar passages.

From the get go the opener “My Dark Subconscious” begins with a dual phaser effect tremolo under a build-up of staccato chug harmonies before jumping into a double bass assault of never-ending tasty riffs. The compositional-passages flow into each other as smoothly as water meeting water. Vocalist Per Yngve Ohlin (aka Dead) utilizes a style that is mid-range, raspy, and even sinister like what you would envision a talking snake would sound like. “Wings of Funeral” contains both heavy hitting tempo changes and melodic harmonies that blend in perfectly with the unrelenting-numerous riffs of mayhem. “From the Dark Moon” is probably the heaviest track here, taking advantage of the slowest tempos on the track to unveil feelings of despair and disdain with the words of “By night will strike me…I die”. The closer “Disgusting Semla” is actually quite comical due to the ending minutes showcasing the vocalist saying “La, la la, La, La”, as if mocking an entity before the demo’s conclusion.

Its demos like this that encourages me to look into the roots of where most death metal bands started. Sometimes you’ll find a thriving level of energy and fresh riffs that can’t be found on artist’s later works. Although the music here is executed very well and is a quick run through some of Sweden’s best riffs, as well as an audible bass that always pleases, it’s not going to be the most innovative death metal you’ve ever heard; but for 1987 this is one hell of a demo. Entombed’s roots started here and if you’re a fan of them this demo cannot be passed up.



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ViperAces
September 28th 2012


12509 Comments


I will read later, this sounds very interesting as I see the band never released an EP.

Inveigh
September 28th 2012


25406 Comments


sounds badass, i'll have to check it

Digging: Thou / The Body - You, Whom I Have Always Hated

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
September 28th 2012


19368 Comments


i could have sworn this demo has dead on vocals

Digging: The Caretaker - An Empty Bliss Beyond This World

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
September 28th 2012


19368 Comments


the vocalist for mayhem. im pretty sure he was the vox on this album and then left to join mayhem, that other guy you mentioned is the vocalist from 88 and on

seedofnothing
September 28th 2012


3425 Comments


"as crusty and frothy as a convulsing bowl of captain crunch"

haha sweet review. Pos man

FadeToBlack
September 28th 2012


11044 Comments


props for reviewing this, it's long overdue

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
September 28th 2012


19368 Comments


this is one of the few demos that i like the rerelease art for better

this art looks like boring class notebook drawing

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
September 28th 2012


19368 Comments


http://images.coveralia.com/audio/m/Morbid-December_Moon-Frontal.jpg

its by necrolord obvs

ViperAces
September 28th 2012


12509 Comments


Cool review, pos. I liked the talking-snake comparison.

TheNotrap
September 28th 2012


8234 Comments


I've heard about this back in the days. I'm curious, this is streaming somewhere?

Good work btw, have a pos.

Digging: Melechesh - Enki

TheNotrap
September 28th 2012


8234 Comments


Thanks man, will check this today.

TheNotrap
September 28th 2012


8234 Comments


Indeed a good piece of old school underground nostalgia, kinda blends almost all extreme genres at the time.

TheNotrap
September 28th 2012


8234 Comments


If you wish check this out:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RiW1kYwBz-M

I believe it's your kind of vibe. A relatively unknown band.
They also blend thrash and DM.

TheNotrap
September 28th 2012


8234 Comments


I only know Serpent Temptation and Beyond the Unknown but I don't remember much to be honest, need to recheck those 2 asap.

TheNotrap
September 28th 2012


8234 Comments


Yeah I had Serpent on cassette with a brazilian band called The Mist, another band that I believe you'll dig.

TheNotrap
September 28th 2012


8234 Comments


Phantasmagoria definitely.

Check this out:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lhKs0P2WBhc

TheNotrap
September 28th 2012


8234 Comments


This is also one of my favs:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S0U5j-ubYLA

TheNotrap
September 28th 2012


8234 Comments


Yeah album's pretty solid. Well low budget production as expected, but I like it that way.

GiaNXGX
September 28th 2012


4867 Comments


Sup bro! this week was like crazy on my school so i haven't had the time to check sput. This sounds very sweet OSDM so far, it's interesting to hear how death metal (and in this case) the swedish scene started. Pos'

SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
September 28th 2012


4466 Comments


Sweet review, man. POS'd as always. I'll check this out.



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