Groove laden Death Metal from the outset is what MORTEM deliver with "Death Is My Name". Very much inspired by early CANNIBAL CORPSE in their "Tomb Of The Mutilated" era MORTEM's style of Death Metal has that stand out catchy feel to it which makes it more appealing and much more readily accessible. "Have You Ever Killed" for example has a fantastic grooving main riff which oozes with sludge to create the foundation for a powerful heavy track with enough hooks to keep you entertained.
From sludge to groove to being all out bouncy the generally mid paced riffing is certainly ear friendly and definitely note worthy in a time when most bands opt for the speed and brutality approach. The great palm muted riffing is also accompanied by some nice solo work which isn't too loud in the mix allowing the riffing remains the dominant feature.
Vocally there is very little variation as most of it remains very low and quite similar to Chris Barnes' work on the obviously inspirational "Tomb Of The Mutilated" yet when the vocalist does attempt the higher range screams they are quite disappointing in comparison to his impressive low growling. This along with some boring drum work is the only real draw back to an otherwise enjoyable album.
I know that groove laden Death Metal isn't the most original choice for a band but this is a very worthy attempt at it, and for its duration it is very appealing and proves to be a rewarding and very enjoyable listen which I wouldn't hesitate to recommend to anyone who enjoys the older CANNIBAL CORPSE. (Online August 21, 2003)