Back in 2011, a website called Cryogenic Husk that curated online mixtapes asked me to put together a “Mortician 101” mix for them. To say that this was a labor of love would be a gross understatement, as the “heaviest band on the planet” has long been one of my favorite death metal bands… hell, they’re one of my favorite bands period.
In recent weeks I’ve made several attempts to contact New York death metal duo Mortician for an interview. Those attempts were not responded to. The band hasn’t released an album since 2004’s Re-Animated Dead Flesh and only plays a handful of live shows a year, so one can only assume that this relative lack of activity has something to do with it. I can’t say I blame them. But, I’ve wanted to write about Mortician for a long time, and even without an upcoming national tour or new album on the way, there is still much about the band’s totally unique and oft-misunderstood take on death metal that’s worthy of discussion.
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