It’s not often I review something as short as this but I couldn’t help myself when one of the best death metal bands going release new songs, even if it’s just two. The two tracks “Döden” and “Efter Döden” comes from poems of Gustaf Fröding who was from the same area as Mordbrand. The idea seems to work as a charm as both lyrically and most especially atmosphere wise this is among the best music I’ve heard this year. “Döden” does as death usually do, takes you into its cold embrace and doesn’t let go. The riffs and small tempo changes here and there accompanied with the viscous voice of Per Boder (also in God Macabre) does wonders for this black soul. “Efter Döden” is another tale, faster, rawer and I can hear some punk influences in here too. It doesn’t grab me by the balls as much as “Döden” did (again I can’t stress it enough how great that track is) but it’s a wicked song that during its six minutes has enough variation and class riffs to it that you will want more.
After having Wilt as one of my favorite albums in 2017 I’m happy to hear Mordbrand experiment a bit and making it work. Grab yourself a cold one and put this short EP on repeat to celebrate the start of your weekend. I’m hoping Mordbrand does more work like this in the future!
Written by J.B.
Label: De:Nihil Records
For fans of: God Macabre and Vanhelgd
Release date: May 15th, 2019
Favorite song: Döden
Score: 4/5 Incredible