Reinvigorated US death metal maestros Morta Skuld have completed work on their new studio album, & first full-length release since the ‘Surface’ album in 1997. Titled Wounds Deeper Than Time, the band has reunited with original label Peaceville Records for this latest opus – OUT NOW.
Wounds Deeper Than Time presents Morta Skuld’s finely honed mix of power and brutality with a foot firmly planted in the old school. A pummelling union of twisted melody and crushing riffs, Wounds Deeper than Time was recorded mixed and mastered at Mercenary studios by Scott Creekmore (Putrid Pile, Broken Hope, No Zodiac, Waco Jesus, Bloodline, Lividity) & produced by the band themselves. Cover art comes courtesy of Patrick Kachellek, who created the cover for the band’s comeback EP, ‘Serving Two Masters’ in 2014. Joining longstanding member and founder David Gregor (Guitar/vocals) is Scott Willecke (Guitar), AJ Lewandowski (bass) & Eric House (drums).
Morta Skuld formed in Milwaukee in 1990, going on to release three albums on Peaceville Records (initially via legendary sub-label Deaf Records) in the early-mid 90’s.
Dave Gregor had this to say about the release:
“It is such a pleasure being back home on a label we started out with years ago, Peaceville still to this day has a great roster of bands and have stayed true to underground music. We’re happy to be home again where we started. This album brings an old school death metal feel with a degree of technicality. The new line-up brings a fresh feel but still in the Morta Skuld vein & the songs/vocals are a fine continuation of the Surface album we did years ago. This is definitely the strongest line-up we have had, and can’t wait ‘til you all can hear what we have been working so hard on for the last year”
‘Dying Remains’ was the band’s debut, released in 1993 & recorded at Cornerstone Studios. The band brought a refreshing blend of heavy & brutal death & doom along with more atmospheric & melodic elements instead of straight forward fast & brutal death metal releases prevalent in the US scene at the time, an element which helped to distinguish them from many of their peers. Morta Skuld were highly acclaimed & played with such bands Obituary, Death, Deicide, Napalm Death, Fear Factory, and Cannibal Corpse.
This edition of ‘Dying Remains’, arriving 20 years after initial release, has been fully remastered with the process overseen by the band, & the expanded booklet features additional content including rare/previously unseen photos.
After breaking up for number of years, the band reformed with a new breed and take on their genre. The current line up consists of founding members Dave Gregor (vocals and guitar), and Jason Hellman (bass), with the addition of Craig Nienas (guitar), and former Jungle Rot drummer Eric House.
In the fall of 2014, Morta Skuld released their first album since 1998, “Serving Two Masters” under the Dread Records label. 2015 proves to be an exciting year for the band with new life, and a full length album on the horizon