MORTA SKULD

Death Metal • United States
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Morta Skuld have been around in the American Death Metal scene for years, and every review of the Milwaukee Metalfest seemed to report them in a good light. Their first break under the line-up Dave Gregor (guitars/vocals), Jason Hellman (bass), Jason O'Connell (guitar) and Kent Truckenbrod (drums) was on the British ‘Peaceville’ for Dying Remains (1993), As Humanity Fades (1994) and For All Eternity (1995) but the label’s inability to get the exposure in their homeland forced them to switch to ‘Pavement’for Surface (1998).With new drummer Jason Mooney, the band announced a change in direction from their grinding mid-paced Death Metal in 2002 to an Industrial Nu-Metal, a style in line with Static-X or Skinlab, and a new name, MS2. More recently Hellman and Gregor have been seen in a new band called 9mm Solution, most likely signaling the end to Morta Skuld.
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MORTA SKULD Dying Remains album cover 2.79 | 3 ratings
Dying Remains
Death Metal 1993
MORTA SKULD As Humanity Fades album cover 3.32 | 3 ratings
As Humanity Fades
Death Metal 1994
MORTA SKULD For All Eternity album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
For All Eternity
Death Metal 1995
MORTA SKULD Surface album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Surface
Death Metal 1997
MORTA SKULD Wounds Deeper than Time album cover 2.83 | 2 ratings
Wounds Deeper than Time
Death Metal 2017
MORTA SKULD Suffer for Nothing album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Suffer for Nothing
Death Metal 2020
MORTA SKULD Creation Undone album cover 3.43 | 3 ratings
Creation Undone
Death Metal 2024

MORTA SKULD EPs & splits

MORTA SKULD Serving Two Masters album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Serving Two Masters
Death Metal 2014

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MORTA SKULD demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

MORTA SKULD Gory Departure album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Gory Departure
Death Metal 1990
MORTA SKULD Prolong the Agony album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Prolong the Agony
Death Metal 1990

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MORTA SKULD Through the Eyes of Death album cover 2.50 | 1 ratings
Through the Eyes of Death
Death Metal 2011

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MORTA SKULD Reviews

MORTA SKULD Serving Two Masters

EP · 2014 · Death Metal
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"Serving Two Masters" is an EP release by US, Wisconsin based death metal act Morta Skuld. The EP was released through Dread Records in September 2014 and it bridges the gap between Morta Skuld´s fourth- and fifth full-length studio albums "Surface" (1997) and "Wounds Deeper than Time" (2017). Morta Skuld disbanded in 1998 after releasing four full-length studio albums but reunited in 2012. "Serving Two Masters" features the first new original material from Morta Skuld since the release of "Surface" (1997).

"Serving Two Masters" doesn´t solely feature new orginal material though. The first three songs on the EP are the new material but Morta Skuld have also opted to re-record a couple of old tracks. They are "Presumed Dead" from Morta Skuld´s 1993 debut full-length studio album "Dying Remains" and "Prolong the Agony" from the August 1990 "Prolong the Agony" demo.

From the first notes of "Serving Two Masters" the mid-paced death metal of Morta Skuld is recognisable. Not necessarily as Morta Skuld but more because of the standard quality mid-paced US death metal sound and style they produce. Morta Skuld have a more massive and powerful sounding production on their post-comeback releases, but their core death metal style is pretty much intact all the way back to their two 1990 demos. This also means that there isn´t much difference in sound and style from the new original tracks to the two re-recorded older tracks.

"Serving Two Masters" is a good quality death metal release from Morta Skuld. It features solid (if not spectacular) songwriting, a powerful sounding production job, and high level musical performances. A 3 - 3.5 star (65%) rating is warranted.

MORTA SKULD Surface

Album · 1997 · Death Metal
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"Surface" is the fourth full-length studio album by US, Wisconsin based death metal act Morta Skuld. The album was released through System Shock Records in 1997. It´s the successor to "For All Eternity" from 1995. It was the last Morta Skuld release in their original run as they disbanded in 1998. Their two-album deal with Deaf Records/Peaceville Records expired with the release of "For All Eternity" and I assume the three-year break between albums was a consequence of Morta Skuld having to shop labels.

Stylistically almost nothing has happened in the world of Morta Skuld, who still deliver predominantly mid-paced US death metal like they had done on all preceding releases. The sound production is a bit thinner and packs a little less punch than the preceding releases, but the songwriting is very similar. So this is another run-of-the-mill US death metal release which is well performed and relatively well produced but lacks an identifiable songwriting style.

So since "Surface" features a slightly less powerful sounding production job, I´d pick one of the two releases which came before this one if I wanted an introduction to Morta Skuld, but other than that you could pick any of the first four releases and they´d give you just about the same type of listening experience. A 3 star (60%) rating is warranted.

MORTA SKULD For All Eternity

Album · 1995 · Death Metal
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"For All Eternity" is the third full-length studio album by US, Wisconsin based death metal act Morta Skuld. The album was released through Peaceville Records in September 1995. It´s the successor to "As Humanity Fades" from 1994, which is probably the most well known release by Morta Skuld.

Stylistically "For All Eternity" continues the predominantly mid-paced death metal style of "As Humanity Fades", which is of course wise enough given the (underground) success of the predecessor. That also means that Morta Skuld continue to play some pretty run-of-the-mill US death metal which is well played and well produced, but lacks a songwriting identity. It´s not that Morta Skuld sounds like any particular contemporary artist, but they just don´t bring anything to the music themselves. Instead they seem content rehashing tried and true death metal riff and rhythm styles and churn out one standard quality death metal tune after another.

When that is said "For All Eternity" is still a good quality US death metal release and Morta Skuld deliver the goods in terms of good musical performances. A 3 star (60%) rating is warranted.

MORTA SKULD Prolong the Agony

Demo · 1990 · Death Metal
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"Prolong the Agony" is the second demo recording by US, Wisconsin based death metal act Morta Skuld. The demo was released through Taste Your Own Blood Music in August 1990, so it´s the band´s second 1990 demo after releasing their first demo ("Gory Departure") in april 1990. Just like the first demo "Prolong the Agony" was also recorded at a professional recording studio and it features a powerful, detailed, and brutal sounding production job, which suits the material perfectly.

Stylistically Morta Skuld play a predominantly mid-paced (and sometimes faster-paced) and heavy death metal style, which is pretty standard for the genre. The growling vocals are there and get the job done, but they don´t add anything particularly interesting or unique to the music, so Morta Skuld already established their run-of-the-mill US death metal style this early on. There´s nothing bad here and "Prolong the Agony" is an enjoyable release while it plays, but Morta Skuld just don´t produce anything you haven´t heard before. A 3 star (60%) rating is warranted.

MORTA SKULD Gory Departure

Demo · 1990 · Death Metal
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"Gory Departure" is the first demo recording by US, Wisconsin based death metal act Morta Skuld. The demo was independently released in April 1990. Morta Skuld formed in early 1990 and after only a few months they were ready to record and release this demo. None of the four tracks from this demo would be re-recorded and included on Morta Skuld´s 1993 debut full-length studio album "Dying Remains", so they are exclusive to this release.

It´s safe to say that Morta Skuld hit the early death metal demo scene with a high quality demo. "Gory Departure" was obviously recorded at a professional recording studio, although it´s still a raw, brutal, and authentic sounding release, and already this early on Morta Skuld were a very well playing band. Their later problems with writing music which stood out from the crowd aren´t as big an issue here and the songwriting on "Gory Departure" is generally pretty strong. A 3 - 3.5 star (65%) rating is warranted.

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