Morgoth
Ungod


3.0
good

Review

by Pon STAFF
March 31st, 2015 | 14 replies


Release Date: 2015 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Worthwhile for fans, but still lacking the charisma of Morgoth's earlier work.

Eighteen years out of the studio, with Feel Sorry For The Fanatic’s critical failure no doubt lingering about their collective memories, it’s quite easy to forgive Morgoth for treading familiar waters on their quietly anticipated comeback album Ungod. Simply put, Morgoth have done a musical U-turn and gone back to their roots, but not without bringing their formula of old into the 21st century. Ungod feels both old-school and contemporary, instrumentally stripped-down and baring a lot of similarities to bands like Obituary, Asphyx and Grave. Steadily shifting between contagious grooves, mid-paced tremolo lines and the occasional melodic passage, no one is going to argue that Morgoth are doing anything even remotely inventive. However, the band manages to keep you engaged more often than not, even if the album is lacking in terms of spontaneity.

The modern element, unsurprisingly, is a consequence of more advanced – some would say “sterile” – recording and engineering techniques, forgoing the sonorous, bass-heavy sound of their earlier material in favour of something clearer and more balanced, but altogether less charismatic. Given the simplicity of the music, the album would have benefitted from a more primeval production job without sacrificing the audibility of notes and chords, but one can be thankful that Ungod is still, sonically speaking, more listenable than the average death metal album in 2015. Obviously, the absence of their original frontman has been met with scepticism, but new recruit Karsten Jäger does a commendable job in his attempt to recreate the vocal assault that was Marc Grewe’s trademark. Though lacking the range of his predecessor, Karsten still nails the heaving delivery and throaty timbre that arguably characterised Morgoth’s music better than any other attribute.

By virtue of adhering to what seems to be a fairly strict set of guidelines, Morgoth have produced an album that is without discernible fault, but simultaneously without that certain flair which separates a merely good album from a great one. Lest the reader be a Morgoth fan, there are definitely albums that would make for more fulfilling use of their time than Ungod, but that isn’t to say it's not an enjoyable experience nonetheless.



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Metalstyles
Emeritus
March 31st 2015


8574 Comments


I quite liked the pre-release single they put out, and seeing as how Grave is one of my favorite death metal bands with their streamlined approach, I expect to like this.

Great review as well!

Tunaboy45
March 31st 2015


17645 Comments


Great review Jacq

Gameofmetal
Emeritus
March 31st 2015


10989 Comments


Nice review. Liked some of their earlier stuff.

CaptainDooRight
March 31st 2015


4370 Comments


afraid to check this but jus may

linguist2011
Contributing Reviewer
March 31st 2015


2654 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thought this was a great album to be honest, and I have listened to the excellent "Cursed" album too. Sure it doesn't break much new ground originality-wise, but the title track is awesome stuff among others.

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linguist2011
Contributing Reviewer
March 31st 2015


2654 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Also nice review Jacq.

turnip90210
March 31st 2015


444 Comments


Will give it a spin, I guess. Their initial material is pretty boring, Feel Sorry for the Fanatic is jaw-dropping. Ah well.

Flugmorph
March 31st 2015


24500 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

glad you reviewed this jac. anticipated this album for some time. i was disappointed but its still listenable. jaegers vocals are not suited for their oldschool dm stylings imo. hes far better with disbelief

CaptainDooRight
March 31st 2015


4370 Comments


is this morgoth or lessgoth, just curry us

Flugmorph
March 31st 2015


24500 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

curry we all

Wizard
April 1st 2015


20354 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I thought this really sucked.



Nice write-up dude, surprised you even had a paragraph to write about this particular album. I like their first few releases but they have dropped some stinkers over their career.

parksungjoon
July 19th 2021


35900 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

yeah this sucks dick

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Samano89
July 20th 2021


113 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This album is awesome. Way better than a 3.

parksungjoon
July 20th 2021


35900 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Lmao



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