MORTILLERY
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MORTILLERY is a Canadian thrash metal act from Edmonton, Alberta formed in 2009. The band released a self-titled EP in 2010 and their debut full-length studio album "Murder Death Kill" in 2012.

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.. Album Cover 4.33 | 3 ratings
Murder Death Kill
Thrash Metal 2011
.. Album Cover 4.00 | 6 ratings
Origin of Extinction
Thrash Metal 2013
.. Album Cover 4.50 | 5 ratings
Shapeshifter
Thrash Metal 2016

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Thrash Metal 2010

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MORTILLERY Shapeshifter

Album · 2016 · Thrash Metal
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Mortillery’s second album, Origin Of Extinction, was my introduction to these Canadian thrash merchants. Thrash colliding with traditional metal riffs, while it still had plenty of drive there was an overall more measured approach and somehow lacked some of the energy of their debut (discovered retrospectively). It was an enjoyable and proficient if unexceptional piece of work. Three years later they’re back with Shapeshifter and all guns are blazing.

Shapeshifter is undoubtedly their best album to date. Not only have they picked up the pace and increased the energy quotient but they’ve also written their best collection of songs so far. This album is positively exploding! From opener Radiation Sickness the brain crushing riffs keep coming. The playing is more vital and the riffs are razor sharp yet still have room for melody – listen to At The Gates. Vocalist Cara McCutchen never lets up and is up there with the best thrash singers as she screams her way through the 9 captivating songs (11 if you have the limited edition). The standard of musicianship is impressive with some compelling guitar work and solo’s from Alex Gutierrez and Kent Quinlan. Equally good are the rhythm section of Miranda Wolfe and Kevin Gaudet.

I do tend to focus more on death metal these days so I may have missed out on some thrash gems but Shapeshifter is definitely one of the best thrash metal albums I’ve heard in recent times. Anyone who ever had an interest in the genre needs to check this out.

MORTILLERY Shapeshifter

Album · 2016 · Thrash Metal
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I really liked Mortillery's debut album "Murder Death Kill", and their sophomore effort "Origin of Extinction" is also magnificent. So, does their third album "Shapeshifter" hold up?

The answer is: "Duh! Of course it does".

Like its predecessors, "Shapeshifter" is a lesson in how to do thrash metal right. Every track on the album exudes aggression while at the same time showcasing the musicianship of the band. Every song features strong riffage and, while not exactly overly technical, there are enough things going on to keep the listener interested. Compared to "Murder Death Kill", which I am more familiar with than "Origin of Extinction", this album features just a tiny tad more crossover elements. For instance, 'Age of Stone' is quite oriented towards hardcore, and there are also some quite punky passages in 'Radiation Sickness', and 'Bullet'. While the emphasis is on aggression ('Mantis' even features a couple of blastbeats) a couple of tracks are surprisingly melodic, such as 'At the Gates' and the title track.

Mortillery are very skilled songwriters, and the level of musicianship displayed on this album is impeccable. The performance is tight, and the guitar solos, while not flashy, are full of gusto. Cara McCutchen's insane vocals suit the music perfectly and are a major contributor to the aggressive feel that characterizes the album.

"Shapeshifter" is a brilliant thrash metal album which should appeal to anyone who likes solid old school thrash metal.

MORTILLERY Shapeshifter

Album · 2016 · Thrash Metal
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Canadian thrash metal act Mortillery will always be a band that I'm going to think of with a touch of nostalgia. Unexpectedly with their previous album Origin of Extinction (2013) they were the band who finally opened me up to the thrash metal genre. Their classic sounding thrash metal came with both a really aggressive modern twist as well a noticeable traditional metal side, and it proved an addictive album for me. I've listened to a fair bit more thrash since then and of course as often happens with such gateway albums I've come to realise that the previous album wasn't quite the groundbreaking release it seemed at the time (though still is on a personal level), though of course it's still a fun and praiseworthy thrash metal album. The group's follow-up Shapeshifter (2016) has been on my most anticipated list since it was announced, and with this one I think it's clear that Mortillery are really developing into a true force to be reckoned with.

Mortillery sound like they're on fire with this album. Largely gone is their classic metal edge. Instead they're pummelling their listeners with full-on blistering thrash/speed metal and honestly sound completely pissed off while they're doing it. Especially vocalist Cara McCutchen is screaming down that microphone with a furious vocal style that seems to just drip venom. It's familiar from the previous album but leaves much less room for her more melodic vocals this time. If someone who sounded that angry was coming my way I'd seriously think about turning around and legging it in the other direction! And that's exactly what makes Cara and the band's performance, which certainly keeps up with the vocals, so compelling on Shapeshifter. I sometimes struggle with counting thrash metal as an extreme metal genre, after all thrash also has the likes of Metallica and Megadeth who both have produced undeniable classics of the genre, but sound rather tame by extreme metal standards. Nothing here is going to leave any doubts about thrash being an extreme metal genre. Their sound still leaves plenty of room for melodic lead guitar playing though.

It may be undeniable though that in terms of riffs Origin of Extinction actually had more variety on offer compared to Shapeshifter's full speed ahead approach, but they're very different albums within the thrash metal spectrum. What it may lack in diversity it more than makes up for in raw passion, energy and aggression. Lyrically Mortillery seem to have matured as well; at the very least there's no track like the previous album's F.O.A.D. where it seemed that every other word was fuck. The songs here deal with topics common to metal and thrash in particular such as war (Radiation Sickness) but also folklore (Wendigo).

I have to say that Shapeshifter is the best Mortillery album to date. Their last album was fun but this one really slays. 2016 has been a good year for thrash so far with veterans Artillery providing an equally excellent album from the more melodic, power metal influenced side of thrash, which Shapeshifter proves a great counterweight too. In my review for Artillery's album I said it was the thrash album for others to beat for the year and for their brand of thrash it still is. For this kind of thrash metal though Shapeshifter is now the one for others to beat.

MORTILLERY Origin of Extinction

Album · 2013 · Thrash Metal
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Mortillery's Origin of Extinction offers a no-nonsense sound midway between traditional heavy metal and thrash, spiced up by Cara McCutchen's vocals (which are a little reminiscent of a less screamy version of Cam Pipes from 3 Inches of Blood). It's a fun little album which doesn't rewrite the rulebook but establishes Mortillery as a competent enough unit, but I can't help that slightly more ambitious songwriting (as well as some judicious editing - Creature Possessor is a little too repetitive in its current state and should probably have been held back for more polishing, for example) might help unlock the band's full potential.

MORTILLERY Origin of Extinction

Album · 2013 · Thrash Metal
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Origin of Extinction is the second full-length album by Canadian thrash metal act Mortillery. It was released in 2013. Although quite common in metal music in general but not so much in thrash metal in my experience, Mortillery are a female fronted act. Like with their debut album Murder Death Kill (2011), Origin of Extinction features a track from the earlier self-released and self-titled EP (2010), in this case Feed the Fire. A special edition also exists which contains a few cover versions originally by Razor, Anthrax and Angel Witch.

The sound (and artwork) of Origin of Extinction is unmistakeable that of thrash metal, although there are a few riffs that come across as more traditional heavy metal orientated to be found as well. The vocals of Cara McCutchen are raw and aggressive but with a melodic quality. Her approach is quite varied ranging from clean singing to growling/screaming, and pretty much everything in-between. While her vocals are the immediate highlight of the album the musicianship of the rest of the band should not be understated, especially that of the two guitarists, Alex Scott (lead) and Alex Gutierrez (rhythm). Right from the album’s opening instrumental, Battle March, it’s pretty clear to me that Mortillery have a great duo here. Their riffs form the backbone of the tracks and solos aide the impact of the tracks opposed to being needless shredding.

While rarely deviating from the thrash form (as I said, there are a few traditional metal inspired moments to be found), there’s a level of creativity to be found within the tracks that, while it won’t be breaking any moulds, assures that Origin of Extinction will be an album to keep coming back to. The songs are actually some of the best I’ve heard from the thrash genre for some time. I’ll be honest, thrash metal isn’t a genre I generally get on with, and it takes a band to have something a bit special going for them for me to be fully drawn into it. Mortillery certainly has that something special: killer songs, and a lot of them. In fact, objectively, the only ones that I wouldn’t consider contenders to be highlights are the ones which are a little repetitive lyrically, such as Creature Possessor, but even these still pack hell of a punch.

But the jewels of the album have to be tracks like No Way Out, Cease to Exist and The Hunter's Lair. Others like Seen in Death, F.O.A.D. and Sunday Morning Slasher are up there as well, and I do give a lot of props to Battle March. It’s a great way to kick things off and it goes into No Way Out so well that you’ll barely notice the track has changed. The consistency is very high here and that’s what really makes Origin of Extinction the special album that it is. Great riffs, great vocals, great solos...there’s honestly nothing to complain about.

As I’ve mentioned already, thrash metal isn’t a genre I particularly get on with myself, although every time a band like Mortillery comes along I warm to it a bit more, and Origin of Extinction is the sort of album that not only has me warning to genre, but eager to get out there looking for more. But in the mean time I’ll just press repeat on Origin of Extinction and enjoy it all over again. And because it’s the sort of album that has me doing that, I’m happy to award it with a top tier rating. It’s an early highlight for 2013 and I for one cannot get enough of it!

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