Mortiis The Smell of Rain
By Marcus Pan
The Smell of Rain is a
step towards The Grudge era Mortiis. It seems to be about halfway
between The Stargate and The Grudge the industrial nature
of Mortiis grudge work coming through, but the heavy orchestration,
strings and symphonics are still there if a little more towards the background.
Even some guitars are riffing through now as we near the end of the first
track, Parasite God.
Mental Maelstrom gets more futuristic with fluxy
sounds and loads of industrial percussive noise. Monolith is a highlight
of The Smell of Rain, successfully taking the orchestration that Mortiis
has done previously and adding in heavier modern elements of guitar and vocals
to create an interesting arrangement. You Put a Hex on Me has a nice
groove to it with brighter guitar melodies that clash against the deeper vocals
of Mortiis himself.
Everyone Leaves is a slow moving ballad with
backwinds and sad electronics. Everything is subdued here following the swifter
Hex track and slices The Smell of Rain in half with a sadness that
punctuates the reason behind its otherwise angry tones elsewhere on the
album. Marshland is quite good too, and I can give or take Antimental
too noisy maybe.
The first nine tracks here are the actual album as planned.
We have three additional remixes to top it off of what, luckily enough, were
the three top highlights of The Smell of Rain in my eyes. Marshland,
Monolothic and You Put a Hex on Me are revisited to bump us up to
twelve tracks in all with the addition of a nice industrial & swirly-girl
vocal track called Paranoid God Pt. 1 which I really dug.
One of his better works most assuredly. Hes done will
with neo-classical orchestration on his 1999 releases Crypt of the
Wizard and most importantly The Stargate and I liked his The
Grudge quite a bit. With The Smell of Rain Mortiis takes his
industrial side and his orchestral side and melds them into a cohesive and
solid whole, creating an album that benefits from roots in more than a single
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