MÖRBIT (Morbid) – “METALION: 50 years of fucking off life Vinyl review – June 2017 AB

Recorded live in 2011, just before the release party for the Year of the Goat box set, what is now known as Metalion 50 Years of Fucking Off Life has been immortalized on vinyl by the Italian label FOAD Records in May 2017.

The name of the band which played these tracks is MÖRBIT and consists of several well known musicians from the Swedish extreme scene. They have decided to put up this band in order to play some Morbid tracks at the above mentioned release party and, the night before the show they recorded their rehearsal as a funeral party for Metalion‘s Slayer Mag and as a tribute to Per Yngve Ohlin, aka Dead, which was Morbid‘s singer for a little while, before moving to Norway to join Mayhem.

This tribute band consists of Peter Stjarvind (drums), Erik Wallin (guitar), David Blomqvist (guitar), Tyrant (bass) and Erik Danielsson (vocals). The fact that these super musicians have united to play some classic Morbid tracks is pretty awesome, but to record this rehearsal at the infamous Watain‘s Wolf Lair is beyond words.

MÖRBIT (MORBID) – “METALION: 50 YEARS OF FUCKING OFF LIFE VINYL

The vinyl, which was released in several formats (red splatter, clear red and black), came out on the 26th of May and has become a really important document in the history of extreme metal. Not only because of the awesome line-up – musicians who play(ed) in bands like Entombed, Damnation, Merciless, Nifelheim, Dismember and Watain – but also because of the tracks featured on this record, which basically contain the whole classic December Moon demo, released in 1987.

What can be said about this release? The sound is raw and straight in your face, as a Morbid release should be. The atmosphere on this record is sweaty, violent and nostalgic. You can clearly hear the pleasure these musicians play with, each of the 4 tracks being like the last of their lives. For almost 18 minutes we are taken back to those times when extreme music was still in the underground, with a non polished production and a DIY attitude. The way these songs are played brings the biggest respect to Dead and his band, as they are the living proof of the huge talent and potential this young musician had.

What’s really great about this vinyl release is that it captures exactly this nostalgia of those times which will never return. This recording is a one way trip back to the dark past, when Dead lived and made fucking good music, which is still celebrated 30 years after its inception.

To strengthen the ties with the past, the design of this vinyl features some of Dead‘s art, contributing to the overall nostalgic feeling of the release. Metalion 50 Years of Fucking Off Life is a brilliant audio testament of a very influential band and musician, put together by other influential musicians, under the banner of MÖRBIT. A bond sealed in blood to celebrate two key figures of extreme metal, Metalion and Dead.

“Demise among you
The world’s gone
In my mind the horror lives
Death from the past life, avenged
Memories from my past time
Darkness shall be mine
Open the gates
And now I’ll see the sorcerer”

Track list:

Side A:
My Dark Subconscious
Disgusting Semla

Side B:
Wings of Funeral
From the Dark

As a bonus to this short review, I uploaded a new video from my YouTube channel in which I talk a little about this LP and some Mayhem stuff.

Here it is:

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