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Thursday, March 24, 2016
NEWS: Gloria Morti
Release: 18 March 2016
Below you will find the official information about extreme metal act Gloria Morti from Finland.
kuebiko – n. a state of exhaustion inspired by acts of senseless violence, which force you to revise your image of what can happen in this world — mending the fences of your expectations, weeding out all unwelcome and invasive truths, cultivating the perennial good that’s buried under the surface, and propping yourself up like an old scarecrow, who’s bursting at the seams but powerless to do anything but stand there and watch.
Finnish death metal horde, GLORIA MORTI, will unleash its long-awaited new full-length, and first under the Willowtip Records banner, on March 18th.
Titled Kuebiko, GLORIA MORTI’s fifth studio effort finds the unit traversing grimmer and dirtier grounds both musically and thematically. Offers guitarist Juho Räihä of the nine tracks found within: “With Kuebiko we wanted to make a record that is hard hitting, both in lyrical themes as well as in songwriting. We also wanted to steer away from the sterile and lifeless sound heard in most modern metal albums released today. Kuebiko is definitely about making the listener feel something. Mostly disgust and anger. The lyrical themes range from Josef Fritzl to being buried alive. The main point is not to shock, but to make you feel the exhaustion of living in this time where you are just forced to stand there and watch the atrocities of the world. Kuebiko is an album that stands out from most of modern music and encapsulates what GLORIA MORTI is.”
The band's “Josef Fritzl,” was recently premiered via Decibel Magazine who noted of the pulverizing single, “they picked some appropriately fucked-up subject matter for the track below. In 2008, the world learned of Austrian Josef Fritzl, who imprisoned and repeatedly raped his daughter for 24 years, resulting in seven children. Grim stuff, and appropriately rendered in that the band ‘wanted to steer away from the sterile and lifeless sound heard in most modern metal albums released today.’”
Offers drummer Kauko Kuusisalo about the track, “’Josef Fritzl’ is one of the shorter songs on Kuebiko, and after short ‘intro’, it gets to the point right away. It is about three minutes of pure aggression with all the ‘classic GLORIA MORTI elements’ — fast blast beats, melodic chorus riff, and relentless vocals. The morbid story behind the lyrics is should also wake some unpleasant feelings in the listener. This song does not let the listener to rest until it is finished.”
Adds guitarist Juho Räihä, “The idea for the song is lifted from a public debate on religion featuring the late great Christopher Hitchens. The premise of the lyrics being that there is a problem when trying to reconcile the existence of evil in the world with the (supposed) existence of an all-knowing, all-powerful and good god. The co-existence of evil and such a god is not logically valid. The Fritzl case is, to me, one of the most blatant underlinings of this in recent history.”
GLORIA MORTI began their journey in Heinola, Finland in 1999 with a simple goal to have fun and play thrash. Not long after their inception and a host of lineup changes, the band veered towards a more demanding and aggressive sound which they would continue to perfect over nearly two decades. It was GLORIA MORTI’s 2002-issued Ephemeral Lifespan demo which led to a union with Japan’s World Chaos Productions. With the help of Lars Eikind and Nino Laurenne, debut album Lifestream Corrosion soon followed reaping critical accolades from underground devotees. Recorded and mixed by guitarist Juho Räihä, GLORIA MORTI’s follow-up, Eryx, furthered the band’s extreme sound and led to a new home with Cyclone Empire who would go on to release their third long player, Anthems Of Annihilation. The record took a more cinematic direction and paved the way to their first ever European tour. Following additional lineup shifts, the band would release 2012’s Lateral Constraint. The record was handled by Cyclone Empire in Europe and Metal Blade Records in North America finally giving GLORIA MORTI long-awaited visibility abroad. Upon the release of Lateral Constraint, Pop Matters commended, “burnished riffing, blast-beats and gruff Amon Amarth-esque vocals…delivered at a breakneck pace with abundant mass,” while This Is Not A Scene hailed, “Lateral Constraint is a straight up ass kicker from front to back. It’s got great riffs, tight musicianship, and overall feeling that will put you in the mood for total destruction.”
With Kuebiko, GLORIA MORTI is back with another solid slice of confrontational Finnish death metal, the band expertly blending thrash, melodic, and black metal, and surreal atmospheric elements into their sound, like a wrecking-ball sound that is reminiscent of such bands as At The Gates, Carcass and Fleshgod Apocalypse. GLORIA MORTI’s fifth studio effort, Kuebiko finds the unit traversing grimmer and dirtier grounds than ever before, both musically and thematically.