Review 1936 : Farsoth – Morbid Symphonies – English

Can you hear Farsoth’s melody?

Founded in 2020 in Sweden, the band has already made a name for itself with a debut album in 2022. In 2023, Joakim Mikiver (vocals, Tormention, ex-Crawl, ex-One Hour Hell), Jari Kuusisto (guitar, Leech, ex-Carnal Forge), Jonas Magnusson (bass, Facebreaker) and Johnny Nymark (guitar, Fuel for Nightmares) signed with Black Lion Records for the release of their second album, Morbid Symphonies.

Drums were recorded by Teddy Möller (Gauntlet Rule, Loch Vostok, One Hour Hell, ex-Hexed).

Hate, the first track, sets the tone for the whole album: it’s thick Death Metal with an uncompromising chainsaw sound, but the mix leaves each instrument its place. Growling bass and devastating blast provide the aggressive basis on which guitars and savage screams appear, along with a few heady leads, before returning to Nothingness and its dark tones, partly due to ominous harmonics. The riffs remain greasy and powerful as we like them, then Infernal Bondage offers us an intriguing sample before its catchy rhythm comes into play, offering an interesting contrast between the patterns’ accessibility and saturation’s heaviness, before the band sets off again at full speed on Morbid Symphony, the eponymous track, with Alexander Högbom (October Tide, ex-Centinex, ex-Demonical…). There’s no downtime on this killer composition, which seamlessly strings together effective riffs before letting Bound to Death take over with a raw groove that welcomes intense and slightly different vocal parts, giving this track a special touch. Afterlife follows with a more melancholic introduction giving this track its coldness, which is echoed on the chorus with its more majestic overtones, before a haunting final. Provoke Me then takes a catchy approach, with groovy riffs that keep an element of aggression thanks to their heaviness. A real chainsaw makes its appearance after a massive break, then the final howl leads us into Your Death, which slows down the pace to crush us under its heavy rhythm while including a few small accelerations before unleashing itself again with Rotten Flesh Stew, which draws on its Old School roots to fuel the surge. The track remains effective from start to finish, then lets World Beyond close the album, first with a gloomy, anguishing introduction, then with waves of solid double kick coupled with those constant chaotic howls.

Farsoth honor their Swedish roots with Morbid Symphonies, putting the traditional chainsaw sound to work in their compositions. Whether they’re fast and sharp or slower and crushing, they’re sure to leave their mark!


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