MORTA SKULD — Suffer for Nothing (review)

MORTA SKULD — Suffer for Nothing album cover Album · 2020 · Death Metal Buy this album from MMA partners
3/5 ·
UMUR
"Suffer for Nothing" is the 6th full-length studio album by US, Wisconsin based death metal act Morta Skuld. The album was released through Peaceville Records in September 2020. It´s the successor to "Wounds Deeper than Time" from 2017 and features one lineup change on the bassist post as John Hill has replaced A.J. Lewandowski.

Stylistically the material on "Suffer for Nothing" continue in the US death metal style of its predecessor. In fact very little has happened between the two album releases, and Morta Skuld still deliver technically well played US death metal (not technical death metal) with good variation between fast- and mid-paced parts. The songwriting is solid, but not particularly memorable, and the catchiness of the music is not exactly enhanced by the one-dimensional and quite emotionless growling vocals. On the positive side the album features some well played leads and the occasional effective heavy groove.

"Suffer for Nothing" features a well sounding production which suits the material well and it´s one of the assets of the album, which is otherwise a pretty standard quality affair. It seems Morta Skuld just aren´t able to rise above being a B-league US death metal act, which to my ears is true for their original 90s releases and true for this release too. There´s nothing offensive or bad about "Suffer for Nothing", but there´s little really great about it either. A 3 star (60%) rating is warranted.
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UMUR wrote:
45 days ago
I´m not amused either by this standard quality US death metal act. I´ve never been able to understand how they were picked up by Peaceville (subsidiary label Deaf Records). There are so many better US death metal acts out there. Personally I don´t waste one more minute listening to this one or any of their other albums.
siLLy puPPy wrote:
45 days ago
Love that album cover! Orange skull dude is NOT amused!

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