Originally unleashed in 1999, Mortician’s Chainsaw Dismemberment has been reissued by Hells Headbangers, this time as a two-LP with a gatefold cover and a large A2 poster of the cover artwork. The records are pressed on colored vinyl, with artwork included on side D.
Founded in 1989 (when they went under the moniker Casket), Mortician play brutal death metal with facets of grindcore. Chainsaw Dismemberment consists of 28 face-ripping tracks, all of which are styled in grindcore structures. Expect really simple structures, short elapsed times, and an emphasis on guitar-saturated riffs with shattering drums and low-end grunts. On this release, mastermind Wil Rahmer is joined by Roger Beauhard, and both men churn out some intense and brutal compositions. Although much of the music on here is hard and driven by noise, there are also some surprising groove-laden guitar and percussive structures that have catchy beats.
Naturally, all the compositions focus on horror, with the emphasis being on horror movies. There are plenty of movie samples on display, from Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer and The Crazies to Wolfen and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Some of these samples take up the bulk of some of the compositions, contributing to the horror ambiance.
Lyrically, these dudes focus on blood and gore, and given the short clocking times of each track, the structures are simple and to the point.
Mortician has always been a polarizing band. There are plenty of death-metal fans who claim that the band is not even of that genre, and to actually enjoy their music means that the listener is not a death-metal fan after all. Of course, there have always been such claims in all genres of metal, with one group calling others “posers” and such.
As for me, I am a diehard fan of Mortician, principally because I am a fan of grindcore and brutal death metal, as well as a hardcore fan of all things horror. If you are a fan of Mortician, you owe yourself this deluxe release of Chainsaw Dismemberment put out by Hells Headbangers. Death has never looked so good!