Dodsferd / Mortovatis: Until Your World Go Down

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Dodsferd / Mortovatis: Until Your World Go Down
Black Metal
Moribund Records
April, 2010
Release length: 36:00
Mortovatis:
Myspace
Until Your World Go Down is a split release between the Black Metal act Dodsferd, and the Experimental Ambience Rock act Mortovatis. While it may not seem like much, this release is a bit more then an EP due to it’s sheer length from one song. It’s also a very jumbled musical piece as far as the material goes.

The first half of the release features three songs from the Greece Black Metal act Dodsferd, and it’s a wild ride here indeed. The firsst song, “Only Thorns Can Embrace…” is easily the best off the release, and actually stems back more towards the earlier days of the Black Metal movement with plenty of early Heavy Metal-esque riffs that you would expect to hear from a heavier eighties Metal act like Venom. The songs comes at the listener hard and heavy right from the start and will get your blood pumping before it kicks into the next more traditional Dodsferd track “Another Two of Your Scars…”. These two tracks are what really make up the better Black Metal aspect of the album. The third track by this band, “You Called It Resurrection…”, is another good song, but is a live recording with a rather low quality, making it a track those who find the “kvlt” releases of this style to be godly will find great enjoyment out of this track.

But, once again, the music shifts gears with the closing song “Rebirth 349” by fellow Greece act Mortovatis. This just over twenty minute song is heavy on the ambience through the guitar work, but it can get rather annoying after a while thanks to the high pitch guitar wail sound effects that go on in the background of the same constant repetitive music. Luckily, the repetitive music is rather enjoyable and doesn’t really get too old if you happen to be unwinding and get lost in it, or have it on in the background. There’s no real mood set to the release, with the only aspect creating any real sort of ambience being that various higher pitched noise through is heard throughout the song that can distort things, but not by much.

Until Your World Go Down is not necessarily a bad release. If you enjoy dark ambient material, even though this one isn’t too dark to begin with, “Rebirth 349” will be an enjoyable song from start to finish. There is no denying thar Mortovatis has the right idea and can pull off a good ambient experience given some time, but if you’re not a fan of this type of material, this song will start to wear thin after a couple listens, as will the live Dodsferd track “You Called It Resurrection…” thanks to the raw quality kind of erasing the bite of the music. So, before rushing out, you may want to sample this release from a friend if you have the opportunity, or look into the bands involved first to see if you would enjoy what they bring to the table.

Dodsferd:
01. Only Thorns Can Embrace… – 5:12
02. Another Two of Your Scars… – 3:43
03. You Called It Resurrection… (Live) – 6:38

Mortovatis:
04. Rebirth 349 – 20:30

Initial Pressing Score: 5.5/10
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Digital review copy of this release provided by Moribund Records.