Mortician

House by the Cemetery/Mortal Massacre

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Originally issued by the band itself, then issued by Relapse with bonus tracks, the first two Mortician EPs -- Mortal Massacre from 1994 and House by the Cemetery from 1996 -- get another go-round on this single-disc collection. The shorter EP format has always been kinder to Mortician -- and extreme music in general -- as it's easier to take in such brutal subject matter in short blasts. Whether these two mini albums go better together or separately depends on how much relentlessly harsh gore-driven death metal listeners can stomach.

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