Mortal Treason
Sunrise Over A Sea Of Blood


4.5
superb

Review

by The Sludge USER (26 Reviews)
July 26th, 2006 | 32 replies


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist


When you think of Christian music, do you think of such hymnals as Amazing Grace or Old Rugged Cross" What if I threw in the word rock at the end of it, do you think of Switchfoot, Thousand Foot Krutch, or DC Talk" Well what if instead of rock I threw in metal, would you think of Norma Jean, underOATH or Blindside" Well what if I tell you there is a band that is heavy and dark enough to play along side such death metal acts as At The Gates and Cradle Of Filth while still staying true to their faith" Would you take it seriously or just shrug it off your shoulders" To me a band like Mortal Treason is such a hard find, considering the limited genre they're in. So obviously I pounced on the opportunity to listen to their 2004 disc A Call To The Martyrs. I was quite impressed, though not blown away. But I was impressed enough to look further into the band and I ended up finding this disc, Sunrise Over A Sea Of Blood, at a Family Christian Bookstore. So to say that this is such a great listen.

Mortal Treason:
Seth Kimbrough - Vocals
Elizabeth Kimbrough - Keys
Josh Jarrett - Guitar
Adam Wright - Guitar
TJ Alford - Bass
Steve Robinson - Drums

Well Mortal Treasons music at a first listen, to someone like me who doesn't normally listen to metal, can sound laced together. Maybe the old given "sound-the-sameish" feel to the music. This album as a whole does run together with the mood of the album is generally the same. But taken individually, the songs are a serious forceful epidemic. Its aggressive, dark, gloomy, heavy, while still keeping the Christian faith in tact. If the first thoughts come to mind is how underOATH's less than perfect screaming is the plague of Mortal Treason" Then you are sorely mistaken. Although underOATH is credited by Mortal Treason as "brothers," the screaming is well executed by Seth Kimbrough. The screams has such depth and is highly felt through out. Instrumentally, the album will race your adrenaline. The drums are nothing short of a spectacle. It makes its presence known on the opening track Best Case Scenario, which has an eerie feel for no vocals and clocking in at 1:42. The addition of Elizabeth Kimbrough (Seth's wife) on keys gives an evil feel added to the Mortal Treason sound. Brutally honest guitar and bass work. Delivering quite a punch and crunch. Duel guitars work well, the music for the most part don’t bother with solos. Production makes the album sound very polished, but not too much to where it takes away from their sound.

It seems the main focus on the album is the coming Judgement Day. Where, as quoted from the track One Hour From Forever, "To die is to live." Such a different attitude with Christian music compared to artist like Third Day. After all, Seth himself said the point of the band is to spread the word about Jesus Christ. But he is doing it his own way. On the self titled track, Seth portrays God as a woman who is the beginning and the end, who will let the fallen fall and the believers rejoice. The final track Death Is The Beginning, which is described as a straight forward praise to Jesus Christ. As it seems as the album forces religion down your throat, but it is still a good listen for the secular crowd as well. Abaddon makes a positive message against those sick people who deprive innocent little girls of their decency. Letting them know that even though their innocence is stolen, that judgment will make them pay for their heinous crimes. Beautifully written lyrics throughout the entire disc. They don’t seem to follow any pattern of rhythm, but they come and fit together as if it was.

Please don’t let the over preaching turn away from looking into what was one great death metal band, even though it maybe a contradiction in terms. The music is intense and lots of effort went into the making of this cd. Its such a shame that the band disbanded shortly after the release of this, to live their lives and to raise families. There isn’t a single ounce of filler throughout, every song will fill your brain with ear blistering riffs, throat splitting good screaming vocals, and heart pounding drums. I can recommend this to those people that didn't get what they wanted out of underOATH, as far as quality goes.

The Sludge's Thumb Up's:
Worst Case Scenario
One Hour From Forever
Death Is Only The Beginning



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The Sludge
July 26th 2006


2171 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Wow, I reviewed way out of my normal genre, but this cd is really freaking good to listen to.



Plus, is there a way to get those mischarators out of my review, I tried to edit them, but they show up as ' under the edit screen.

Confessed2005
July 26th 2006


4518 Comments


Nice review; I have heard quite a lot about this band. A friend of mine says that Seth is quite a well-known BMXer (or was). This band sound as if they are worth checking out.

Neoteric
July 26th 2006


3243 Comments


This album is pretty bad

However, your review is not.

The Sludge
July 26th 2006


2171 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks for the kudo's ya'll.

Drunken Viking
July 27th 2006


1023 Comments


Why does this show up in the Death Metal review section?

Neoteric
July 27th 2006


3243 Comments


Someone's set the other genre to death metal.

Drunken Viking
July 27th 2006


1023 Comments


Why the hell would they do that?

/Changes

Hatshepsut
October 7th 2006


1997 Comments


Great intro. Interested in this.

ollie39mac
December 10th 2006


2 Comments


Yeah Seth Kimbrough is in fact an amazing BMXer aswell as a very good vocalist which is shown in this album.

NeverFading14
February 16th 2007


380 Comments


Good cd.

The Sludge
February 16th 2007


2171 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Good cd.
Spoken like a true wise man.

jrowa001
February 16th 2007


8752 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

i used to like this but every song started to sound exactly the same. Call To the Martyrs whoops on this one

Abaddon2005
May 10th 2007


684 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great review. I love this as well, I can't truly justify or pinpoint what sets it apart from all the other 13 in a dozen death metal bands for me, but for some reason I just gobble this up. Gobble gobble.

The Sludge
June 4th 2007


2171 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

oOo. Looks like somone got their name from a song from here.

DJTeeLay
February 18th 2008


25 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Funny how all the scene kids gobble up CDs for bands like Devil Wears Prada when they ripped off bands like this.



One of my favorite albums.

Ignimbrite
April 23rd 2012


6506 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

rules hard jesus m/

Digging: This Will Destroy You - New Others Part Two

WhereSleepIsRest
June 6th 2013


109 Comments


haven't heard this one yet, but ive had a call to martyrs for years. just downloaded and about to check it. ignimbrite, awesome avatar!

WhereSleepIsRest
June 6th 2013


109 Comments


haven't heard this one yet, but ive had a call to martyrs for years. just downloaded and about to check it. ignimbrite, awesome avatar!

HisBelovedMaker
March 6th 2015


164 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm so happy these guys are back together, if you are interested go check their facebook page

Digging: Confide - Introduction

jesterhead92
January 24th 2017


5582 Comments


This review is super old and not great but the album is rad.



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