This classic re-issue brings to light an early American death metal band, which, due to the collapse of its label, was never able to venture far beyond cult status. But fifteen years after the release of the EP Adipocere, Morpheus Descends is touring once more. Bringing some of Morpheus Descends's earliest material back into the fold, Spain's Xtreem Music has included Adipocere in a re-release of Morpheus's only full-length album, Ritual of Infinity. A compilation of the bandís remaining EPs will be released in the future.
Ritual of Infinity is a great-sounding example of early-Ď90s New York death: guttural vocals at the forefront, simple but effective riffing behind, with production that is nothing to brag about but stays out of the way. The sound is simple but unrelenting and ultimately satisfying for those who wish that some of those synths and Swedish-style riffing would defer to balls-out aggression. Fans of early death metal should thoroughly enjoy this re-release, and it will be interesting to see any new material that comes from Morpheus's resurrection. (7.5/10)
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