International (UK and Poland respectively) Doom/Death Metal band Eternal Rot have been around since the year 2012 and we here at VM-Underground have been there for every step of the journey. From their two track introduction of ‘Promo Tape 2013’ and then a few years later on we got their 2018 debut full-length in ‘Cadaverine’ that had us saying things like; “Crushing, smothering, relentless from start to finish. This is not groundbreaking music at all, but the delivery will certainly make the earth shake around you”. Next up came their second full-length in 2020 with ‘Putridarium’, that one had us exclaiming it; “An experience that will certainly weaken the bowels of even the hardest of folk, I cannot even begin to impress on you how fucking stupendous this is”. There was a killer split, both bands absolutely crushed it, with the legendary Coffins that came after that and now, in 2023 we are getting full-length album number three. But is ‘Moribound’ going to live up to all the praise and glory we have rained down upon Eternal Rot’s previous releases? Let’s find out.
First things first here, well second I guess, this is not my first time experiencing the Doom/Death Metal power trio Eternal Rot, I have heard both of their earlier full-lengths. Yet, this is my very first time writing a review for one of their releases. So, I may have a biased option based on previous feelings and thoughts but according to those quotes above, others here have felt the very same way. And yes, we here at VM-Underground love to review releases for bands we know and like or even love. Because, let’s be honest, who doesn’t like to listen to new things they are pretty sure that they know they will like? But we also are honest too and we will let you know how we feel no matter what. Thankfully, once again, with ‘Moribound’ Eternal Rot does not disappoint.
On ‘Moribound’ here Eternal Rot have continued in their tried and true bone crushing, soul smothering, bowel weakening Doom/Death Metal ways. Which is a formula that works exceptionally well for them. And that formula is very simple, you have bare bones, almost basic, riffs that are infectiously catchy and HEAVY as fuuuuuck, like make you grimace while nodding along and grabbing at invisible oranges heavy. Like I can’t emphasize how Doom-y heavy this shit is or how it’s so catchy it infects your mind for hours and hours after listening. And into that you add the thunderous and equally catchy drums plus the uber-low, anguished Death bellows and you got some of the best Doom/Death Metal to ever come out. Period.
So really, in the end, I guess after all of that word salad above, all I am saying is that there really is not all that much change or majorly different for Eternal Rot on ‘Moribound’ besides there just being more extremely high quality, super heavy, Doom/Death Metal for us to enjoy, meaning that I’m really saying that they are super consistent. This band has been so consistent that they even have used the same, stellar, artist, Mark Riddick, for all their albums and all of them have been downright outstanding in their own right. They are as consistent as we, VM-Underground, are in covering them. Hell, they are as consistent as they are heavy, meaning that this new full-length album ‘Moribound’ is fucking stupendously good, just as Eternal Rot consistently always do.