Morgue Orgy – The Last Man on Earth

Morgue Orgy hail from Birmingham, England, the truest birthplace of metal… Not that that title has really lived up to much in the past few years. The scene is relatively dead and nowadays it’s very rare to see a band come out of there and make music that is worth listening to, let alone regularly. Well, Morgue Orgy have, somehow, managed to do just that with their debut album The Last Man On Earth. I’ve been following these guys since they first started out as Morgue Orgy, and I’ve been quite a fan of everything prior to this. Being a big fan of their first EP, The Rive And I, moreso than  of the following Murders Most Foul EP, I was dubious about whether I should listen to this record at all. I was afraid of them doing what Down did when they just crashed and burned after starting out so strong back when they released Nola. Thankfully, this was not the case with Morgue Orgy, and they have managed to strike a balance between the best bits of both of the EP’s and come out with something truly special.

Since Melodic Death Metal isn’t really a prevalent genre any more, at least certainly not in England, it’s good to see such a great band waving the flag up high and shaking it rather violently. Even if the initial description doesn’t get you going, there are so many elements to this record that it’s practically impossible to not find something that you’re going to like. Furious riffs upon furious riffs, some pretty ridiculous drumming and catchy vocals structured fantastically throughout, as well as covering the whole spectrum of the vocal range, are just some of the things that you will find in The Last Man on Earth. For those with more eclectic tastes, there are some brilliant keyboard parts ranging from classical to eerie carnival nightmare music; add to this some truly strange saxophone playing, and you’ve got other dimensions of music just throwing themselves at you. If you imagine the speed and aggressiveness of The Black Dahlia Murder with the creepy bits of King Diamond and the nightmarish feel of Dusk and Her Embrace-era Cradle Of Filth, then you’ve got a pretty good idea of how these guys are sounding. It’s heavy, it’s got tonnes of aggro, it’s progressive and, best of all, it’s great fun to listen to. It’s obvious that these guys have a great time writing and playing their music while, at the same time, demonstrating that they are, quite clearly, accomplished musicians.

The production, handled by Owen Davies at Loud Noises Studio, also deserves praise, especially considering that these guys are unsigned. Everything is audible and brilliantly mixed, which must have been a hard task considering all the layers that are present throughout.

These days there are far too many bands jumping on the pseudo-intellectual bandwagon and trying to be deep and philosophical, yet failing miserably. Morgue Orgy took a different route altogether, centering the lyrical aspects of the album around that of B-movie horror and violence. Taking inspiration from such terrifying classics as The Hills Have Eyes, Maniac, I Spit On Your Grave and, erm, Last Of The Summer Wine, the horror themes compliment the sinister musical vibes immaculately to form quite the ghastly entity.

Considering my skepticism when I first approached the album, it has been a shocking experience to realize that it is impossible for me to find fault with this record. Not much impresses me nowadays, but this really has. A great debut album and, surely, the start of a long road for these guys. Get it and catch them live if you get even the slightest chance.

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The former live guitarist of Anaal Nathrakh and current guitar player of Besieged, Dan lives, breathes and dreams heavy metal.
When he’s not kicking asses on stage he can be found playing video games or trying to find a reason why he wastes his time writing reviews here.