Morgue Supplier – Inevitability – Album Review

Artist: Morgue Supplier

Album Title: Inevitability

Label: Transcending Obscurity Records

Date of Release: 13 May 2022

After a run of reviews towards the more melodic end of the heavy metal spectrum, it is time to dive deeply into something altogether heavier and nastier with this, my review of the latest album from death metal/grindcore band Morgue Supplier, entitled ‘Inevitability’. I’d never crossed paths with this US outfit before and I hadn’t intended to do so in 2022 either. However, I took a cursory listen and to my surprise, I found some ingredients that I piqued my interest. So, one quick listen turned into a few, and here we are with a review coming your way.

Despite being in existence since before the turn of the Millennium, Morgue Supplier’s 23-year career has only seen two previous albums brought to fruition, as well as three EPs. Prolific is not an adjective to be correctly applied to the band or, more accurately, the duo. Paul Gillis and Stephen Reichelt, both of Drug Honkey, are the protagonists here, with Gillis handling guitars, vocals, and programming, and Reichelt the bass. I assume therefore, that the drums are one of the programmed instruments alongside the occasionally strange or disconcerting sounds that emanate at times during certain songs.

Whilst the music is loosely labelled as a mix of death metal and grindcore, there is a lot more than that going on within the music on ‘Inevitability’. In fact, it was the doom/sludge aspect of one of the tracks, ‘Empty Vacant Shell’ that acted as the hook to get me sufficiently interested in sticking with the album. The song opens up with a ferocious tirade of aggression that verges on cacophony at points, with strange discordant sounds accenting the repetitive, disconcerting feel of the incessant riffs, the barrage of drums, and a bass that seems to do literally whatever it wants, either flitting from note to note independently, or supporting more closely the drum attack. It’s not a sound for the faint hearted, especially when you add the gurgling, depraved growls of Gillis into the recipe.

However, almost without noticing, the grindcore-heavy song slows down to deliver some crushing riffs, around which the drums dance. I have to say that I love the guitar sound here, and I really enjoy the mix of screams and growls that accompany the muscular riffs. The song continues to get slower until it is literally slithering along the floor, at which point, a tornado is unleashed, of frantic blastbeats, discordance verging on noise, and instrumental dexterity that’s impressive if not completely enjoyable per se.

As much as I’m not always a lover of the instrumental interlude, there’s something sinister and compelling about ‘Departure’, the mid-album hiatus from the uncompromising bludgeoning, as well as the closing title track, its companion piece. Both can hardly be described as ‘songs’, instead they are more like atmospheric composition pieces that are comprised of evil, dark sounds with an industrial, dystopian edge to them, dominated by what I assume is the double bass of Reichelt that reaches notes so low that they could probably shake hands with the Devil himself in Hell.

Everything on this album is designed, I’m sure, to be as uncomfortable, challenging, and confrontational to the listener as possible. Then again, isn’t that what extreme metal of this kind is ultimately all about? Take ‘My Path To Hell’ as just one example of this. It may not be the fastest and most aggressive track on the album, but it is dominated by an incessant, dissonant lead guitar line that becomes hypnotic and rather sickening as it continues for large chunks of the song’s five-minute run time. There are moments when the pace is increased, but it is the tortuous lead notes that do the most damage as far as I’m concerned.

By contrast, there’s an argument to suggest that ‘Existence Collapsed’ is almost melodic and catchy, at least in comparison to what’s gone before of course. It has an abundance of technicality, particularly where the bass playing is concerned, but there’s also plenty of groove too, making it arguably my favourite song on ‘Inevitability’. And then there’s the small matter of ‘Thoughts Of Only Darkness’, the album’s behemoth composition that stretches over eight minutes in length. In that time, the duo delight in creating something that is repetitive, bordering on the monotonous, whilst playing around with the tempo, thus flitting from slower, lumbering passages, to bursts of real pace and ferocity. For my money, it’s a little too long, but I like the ideas within it.

When all is said and done, I have to compliment Gillis and Reichelt for what they have achieved here on ‘Inevitability’. It won’t be for everyone – in fact, I suspect that their fanbase might be quite a niche one overall. But there are some moments within what is deliberately an ugly, sadistic, and generally uncomfortable album, that I genuinely like. Plus, you have to admire the sheer power and relentlessness of some of the music, as well as the musical abilities of the duo. I’m not altogether sure how often I will return to ‘Inevitability’ in the future, but I am glad I have experienced what they have to offer the extreme metal world.

The Score of Much Metal: 75%

Check out my other 2022 reviews here:

Visions Of Atlantis – Pirates

Evergrey – A Heartless Portrait (The Orphean Testament)

OU – One

Haunter – Discarnate Ails

Aara – Triade II: Hemera

Pure Reason Revolution – Above Cirrus

Demonical – Mass Destroyer

I Am The Night – While The Gods Are Sleeping

Haunted By Silhouettes – No Man Isle

Delvoid – Swarmlife

LionSoul – A Pledge To Darkness

Watain – The Agony And Ecstasy Of Watain

Dischordia – Triptych

Dragonbreed – Necrohedron

Audrey Horne – Devil’s Bell

Vanum – Legend

Stone Broken – Revelation

Radiant – Written By Life

Skull Fist – Paid In Full

Hurakan – Via Aeturna

Incandescence – Le Coeur De L’Homme

Imminent Sonic Destruction – The Sun Will Always Set

Monuments – In Stasis

Soledad – XIII

Viande – L’abime dévore les âmes

Credic – Vermillion Oceans

Postcards From New Zealand – Burn, Witch, Burn

Darkher – The Buried Storm

Treat – The Endgame

Bjørn Riis – Everything To Everyone

Destruction – Diabolical

Et Moriemur – Tamashii No Yama

Angel Nation – Antares

Wolf – Shadowland

Denali – Denali EP

Centinex – The Pestilence EP

Meshuggah – Immutable

Chapter Of Hate – Bloodsoaked Decadence EP

Ancient Settlers – Our Last Eclipse

Tranzat – Ouh La La

Playgrounded – The Death Of Death

Father Befouled – Crowned In Veneficum

Abbath – Dread Reaver

PreHistoric Animals – The Magical Mystery Machine (Chapter 2)

Kvaen – The Great Below

Michael Romeo – War Of The Worlds, Part 2

Dark Funeral – We Are The Apocalypse

Carmeria – Advenae

Agathodaimon – The Seven

Moonlight Haze – Animus

Hellbore – Panopticon

Konvent – Call Down The Sun

Idol Of Fear – Trespasser

The Midgard Project – The Great Divide

Threads Of Fate – The Cold Embrace Of The Light

Arkaik – Labyrinth Of Hungry Ghosts

New Horizon – Gate Of The Gods

Cailleach Calling – Dreams Of Fragmentation

Tundra – A Darkening Sky

Sylvaine – Nova

Hath – All That Was Promised

Sabaton – The War To End All Wars

Kuolemanlaakso – Kuusumu

Oh Hiroshima – Myriad

Godless Truth – Godless Truth

Shape Of Despair – Return To The Void

Eight Bells – Legacy Of Ruin

Embryonic Devourment – Heresy Of The Highest Order

Serious Black – Vengeance Is Mine

Allegaeon – Damnum

HammerFall – Hammer Of Dawn

Immolation – Acts Of God

Veonity – Elements Of Power

Nightrage – Abyss Rising

Arjen Anthony Lucassen’s Star One – Revel In Time

Pure Wrath – Hymn To The Woeful Hearts

Dagoba – By Night

The Last Of Lucy – Moksha

Arð – Take Up My Bones

Embryonic Autopsy – Prophecies Of The Conjoined

The Devils Of Loudun – Escaping Eternity

Cult Of Luna – The Long Road North

WAIT – The End Of Noise

Abysmal Dawn – Nightmare Frontier

Amorphis – Halo

Nordic Giants – Sybiosis

Persefone – Metanoia

Vorga – Striving Toward Oblivion

Mystic Circle – Mystic Circle

Nasson – Scars

Burned In Effigy – Rex Mortem

Silent Skies – Nectar

Celeste – Assassine(s)

Abyssus – Death Revival

SOM – The Shape Of Everything

Ashes Of Ares – Emperors And Fools

Beriedir – AQVA

Lalu – Paint The Sky

Nocturna – Daughters Of The Night

Battle Beast – Circus Of Doom

Lee McKinney – In The Light Of Knowledge

Descent – Order Of Chaos

Aethereus – Leiden

Toundra – Hex

Ilium – Quantum Evolution Event EP

Power Paladin – With The Magic Of Windfyre Steel

Necrophagous – In Chaos Ascend

Infected Rain – Ecdysis

Wilderun – Epigone

You can also check out my other reviews from previous years right here:

2021 reviews

2020 reviews

2019 reviews
2018 reviews
2017 reviews
2016 reviews
2015 reviews

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