Support Local Journalism. Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club.

Mortician 

With Blood Coven. Monday, October 14, at Peabody's.

Back in the 1980s, director David Lynch created a cartoon revolving around "The Angriest Dog in the World," a chained-up, perpetually growling mutt who, according to its creator, was "bound so tightly with tension and anger, he approaches the state of rigor mortis." Will Rahmer, Mortician's vocalist, makes a sound not unlike the growling of the Angriest Dog in the World. A low, constant rumble so thick, clotted, and incomprehensible that it's almost possible to mistake it for bass-amp distortion.

Needless to say, Mortician takes death metal to extremes in every way. Sometimes the band is a trio, but the nucleus of the group is bassist-vocalist Rahmer and guitarist-drum programmer Roger Beaujard. Yes, that's right: drum programmer. On record, at least, Mortician uses a drum machine to better achieve high-speed mechanistic destruction without the dropped beats that might result from the frailty of a mere human drummer. The group is, truly, a death machine. The guitars are as downtuned as Rahmer's vocals, and they rumble along with barely any frippery; guitar solos on a Mortician album are a relative rarity.

All Mortician's songs revolve around imagery of mayhem and horror, mostly derived from Rahmer's and Beaujard's vast collections of gore videos. This could be a risky strategy, turning them into jokesters, but the duo's stone-faced delivery puts the material over. They come off more as obsessives than geeky fanboys, and that's what makes all the difference. Mortician is an acquired taste, but its implacable, bass-heavy brand of punishment is one of the most honest -- and truly brutal -- sounds in the often overly image-conscious world of death metal.

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Cleveland Scene. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Cleveland Scene, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at news@clevescene.com.

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club


Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.


Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.


Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club for as little as $5 a month.

Speaking of Previews

Latest in Livewire

More by Phil Freeman

Read the Digital Print Issue

November 17, 2021

View more issues

Most Popular

No recently-read stories.

Visit the archives…

Newsletters

Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Calendar

Staff Pick Events

  • Open Turntable Tuesday @ The Winchester

    • Tuesdays
  • Louis C.K. @ Agora Theatre

    • Thu., Dec. 2
  • Andrea Bocelli @ Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse

    • Thu., Dec. 2

© 2021 Cleveland Scene: 737 Bolivar Rd., Suite 4100, Cleveland, OH 44115, (216) 505-8199
Logos and trademarks on this site are property of their respective owners.


Website powered by Foundation