Morgue For Maria is the self-titled debut album from American death metal band Morgue For Maria, released independently on February 24th 2005, shortly before they signed to Vindictive Records. It features some of their material off their two EPs, and is followed by 2007's Vital Organs. Since its release the album has sold 250,000 copies, as of January 2010.
Background and productionEdit
Morgue For Maria were intitially formed in 1999 by John Lambert (vocals), Devon MacKinley (lead guitar, backing vocals), Casey Kellerman (bass), Aleksei Mikelov (rhythm guitar), Peter Ulman (gutiars), and Joseph Lewis Junior (drums). They recorded an EP in the same year, "Grave Diggers". Lambert quit shortly after, and was replaced by Jordan "Madman" Marcus. The band then recorded two EPs, 2002's "Kill Angie" and 2004's "Magnitised", before being picked up by producer Greg Fieldman in late 2004, who had listened to the band's earlier work. The album was initially recorded between December 2004 and January 2005, before the band released it on February 24th.
Initial critical response to Morgue For Maria was positive. It currently holds a 96/100 on Metacritic, giving it a generally good mark.
DaggerWrath, a metal magazine, stated:
From this Ohio quintet you expect nice decent light-core metal, but Morgue For Maria will yank that thought from your mind and spit on it. These guys mean buisness, which is evident from opener "Dying Is For Death", which tells us that the band are loud, fast, and pretty fucking good. The album plays through cleanly, if the growls to screeches of lead singer Jordan "Madman" Marcus is what you call calm, and by the time the closer "Gatekeeper" arrives you are stunned by the sheer force that is Morgue For Maria. Definetly a band to watch.
Metalix were equally impressed:
It is really hard in the 21st century to find something as raw and insane as Slayer at their 80s peek. With Lamb of God paving the way for a new generation of top-notch metal, Ohio's Morgue For Maria follow into the fray, armed with a truly annihilating first album. The self-titled work is brutal start to finish, with particular jewels in "Shred", "Axe-Head", and "Gatekeeper". These guys have taken the time to polish their sound, and it was well worth it. A big cotender for the album of the year.
With a sound akin to Lamb of God meets an old school Nordic metal band, Morgue For Maria are truly here to stay. Their self-titled album is very impressing, and we have not seen something this raw and unabashed for years. Morgue For Maria are here to stay! Prepare for a typhoon.
MetalHeaded was hugely impressed:
Morgue For Maria are a sick hybrid of Cannibal Corpse, Lamb of God, Nordic metal at its finest, and undeniable rawness. It seems they have risen to the top of the New Wave of American Metal, despite arriving later then their counterparts. With a triple guitar onslaught, bombastic insane drumming and the astounding vocal range of Jordan "Madman" Marcus, this band is set to destroy some bastards.
- "Dying Is For Death" - 7:00
- "Raising The Stakes" - 5:55
- "Shred" - 3:55
- "Legalized Murder" - 8:30
- "Kill Them All" - 4:44
- "Axe-Head" - 5:00
- "Inside The Void" - 5:00
- "Dirt On My Boots, Blood On My Sword" - 5:44
- "Gatekeeper" - 7:45
- Jordan "Madman" Marcus - vocals
- Devon MacKinley - lead guitar, backing vocals
- Casey Kellerman - bass
- Aleksei Mikelov - rhythm guitar
- Peter Ulman - guitars
- Joseph Lewis Junior - drums