Who listens to one of the latest records of the Australian Thrash Metal band MORTIFICATION at the record dealer of one’s trust, will let them disappear in the shelves after a few minutes and will erase the name of the band out of his mind. Ok, the albums “Hammer Of God“ (1999) and “The Silver Cord Is Severed“ (2001) have 1-2 good songs, but the Metal world may even do it without. However, the trio around Steve Rowe belonged to the elite of the (White-)Death Metal 14 years ago and they released the classic album “Scrolls Of The Megilloth” over the German label Nuclear Blast in the year 1992.
With the culty "impressions from the wood" intro, which changes to a smooth and melodic riff with doublebass, the one hour masterpiece is legendarily opened, before it really opens with a truly explosion of force and power. The fast, partially progressive-played “Nocturnal” is a first-class opener and one of the best songs Steve Rowe ever wrote. Within the fastest numbers on “Scrolls Of The Megilloth“ have their origin at the feather of the drummer Jayson Sherlock, who is also responsible for the epic 12 minute-track „ Ancient Prophesy“. Though Steve carries the whole responsibility for the black sheep of that album – the boring “Raise The Chalice“. But this is the whole mistake at this record, songs like “Terminate Damnation“ (fast doublebass killer with a “head-off-riff”), “Eternal Lamentation“ (fast doublebass killer with progressive parts) and “Necromanicide“ (a fast and straight doublebass banger with melodic rhythm) are above every doubt and they will fill every fan of Death Metal with enthusiasm.
Steve, Jayson and guitarist Michael Carlisle quoted very often the bible at their lyrics, especially out of the Books of Megilloth and the Ancient Testament – which Steve even studied a year before the recordings. I am no Christian, I don’t believe in god and that’s the reason why the meanings of the lyrics don’t mean anything to me. For me, the great music is important, which has been recorded in Australia at the beginning of the 90s. You may doubt, if Steve’s “Grind Baritone of extreme reality“ is extremely realistic or not, because here he sounded like he never did again.
Nobody urges you to like the MORTIFICATION of nowadays or to visit one of their gigs, but purchase this CD, if you like (melodic) Death Metal, because this are hymns for all eternity and a piece of Australian Metal history. (Online April 21, 2006)