I fucking suck at writing reviews, hence the current lack of good ones on this site. I frequently head over to other metal news sites (ones that aren't anywhere near as cool as this one) and read reviews that sound like they're written by an English major at some Ivy League University. The only thing I have a degree in is using the word "fuck" too much and listening to heavy metal. So, lets get this out of the way right now, this is not so much of a review as it is a recommendation.
Long story made short, I was taking a dump and thumbing through Facebook when I came upon an ad for a band called Barry The Mortician. They just released an EP a few days ago, the 19th to be exact, entitled "Split In Half". The ad made a pretty bold statement comparing themselves to Cannibal Corpse, Six Feet Under, etc. Needless to say, I was obligated to give it a listen.
The "Split In Half" EP has now received two listens already. It only clocks in at a little over 12 minutes, so while two listens isn't hard to accomplish, the fact that I so goes to show it isn't total shit. I really didn't hear the Cannibal Corpse in there much, although lyrically I can absolutely see the comparison, the Six Feet Under reference, definitely. They have what I would call the "groove" death metal, some slower tempo songs that you can definitely bang your head to. It has everything you need musically. Where they stray from Six Feet Under is that the vocals far surpass Chris Barnes over the past...... very long time (yeah I said it, he's a legend in the scene but it ain't what it used to be).
This release has originality, but it also doesn't stray far from what you would expect from a Death Metal band and pays homage to our American Death Metal forefathers. The production is just where it needs to be. Not overly polished, so that it retains the edge that is required, but extremely clear. What really stood out is how clear the vocals come through. Even haters of D.M music can't say the lyrics are unintelligible and hard to understand. I didn't have a copy of any of the lyrics and could get pretty much every word.
I'm a few songs in to their 2015 full-length release "Forced Out Fetus" with the same consistency and impression as the EP. I'm looking forward to hearing the rest of it.
Now go check it out for yourself and let me know what you think.
Barry The Mortician was formed in 2012 in Illinois. They have released two EP's 2012's self-titled and the one mentioned above. They have only one full-length album to date, but let's hope that changes soon.