Originally released back in 1999 and recently re-issued through Hells Headbangers as a double vinyl, “Chainsaw Dismemberment” by New York grind trio Mortician, and is a fine example of a style of grindcore that has grown massively ever since. Echoing the style of Japanese pioneers Catasexual Urge Motivation, the band mix an obsessive love of vintage horror and gore films, programmed blastbeats, psychotic growled vocals and a punishing low bass to create a sound that is often copied but rarely with such ferocity as is demonstrated here.
The core three piece of Will Rahmer (Bass / Vocals), Desmond Tolhurst (Guitars) and Roger Beaujord (Guitars, Drum Programming and Production) put together five albums of horror obsessed gore grind between 1996 and 2004, but this is the album that first drew my attention to them and I have enjoyed revisiting it for this review. Mortician have a sound which still stands out above the many goregrind / cybergrind projects that are around today. The bass drives the tracks with Rahmer’s vocals almost hidden amongst the rumbling distortion, battling to find their own place. Lyrically each track is centred around the movies that are featured in the samples, not that this makes the vocals any easier to follow, it doesn’t, and I have listened to this band for quite a while now
28 tracks coming in at a shade under 50 minutes, a lot of which is taken up by the many clip of sampled dialogue from 70’s and 80’s gore and horror films. This breaks up the album well, especially as on their own the songs could be quite hard to tell apart. That said, it is far from a bad album.The one possible down side is the lack of any additional tracks which so often comes with reissues nowadays, although saying that you do get the original 28 on here as well as screen printed artwork, an A2 poster and an Obi Strip wrapping it all together. A premium package for a very decent album, one that while it may not be the best example of the scene, it will make many horror and death/grind fans happy. For the uninitiated it may seem utterly ridiculous noise, but one look at the cover and song titles and you should know that this isn’t going to be pretty.
The films sampled on this album, if you were wondering are – When A Stranger Calls, Henry: Portrait Of A Serial Killer, Silent NIght Bloody Night, I Drink Your Blood, Leatherface: Texas Chainsaw Massacre III, Zombi 2, Bloodeaters, The Crazies, Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, Wolfen, Friday The 13th Part 2, Slaughterhouse, Inferno and Phantasm II.