Morgue Orgy: Band Of The Day

By on 3 January 2014

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When I first listened to ‘The Last Man on Earth’, the latest record from Birmingham’s melodic death metallers Morgue Orgy, I knew this wasn’t the kind of album that will make you look within yourself and think about deep stuff. But then again, who said that was a bad thing?

These dudes have created the perfect soundtrack for a zombie apocalypse, serving their songs fast, raw and alive, following the great tradition of bands such as Carcass and Napalm Death. I hate to make comparisons but I guess this one is not bad at all and tells you exactly what to expect from this six piece.

Terrorizer invites you to take a journey with Morgue Orgy!

WORDS: Joel Costa

WHO ARE THEY: Morgue Orgy
WHERE ARE THEY FROM: Birmingham, England
FOR FANS OF: Carcass, Exhumed, Napalm Death
LATEST RELEASE: ‘The Last Man on Earth’ 2013 (self-released)
WEBSITES: Facebook, Bandcamp, Official Site

How did Morgue Orgy came into existence and what can you tell us about your journey as a band?
“Prok (guitar), Carter (keyboards), Gray (vocals) and Ben (guitar) were in a band before Morgue Orgy, called ‘Just Like Jimmy’. We were a punk/thrash/horror mess, we had good songs and we played a lot of really great shows, it was really fucking fun, but when our drummer quit we decided to drop the gimmick and grow up. We invited Tom (drums) and Tris (bass) to join us in starting Morgue Orgy and we’ve been developing and refining our sound since. We’ve had the privilege of sharing the stage with some of our favourite bands and we hope to push things forward in 2014.”

What were you guys aiming for while writing and recording ‘The Last Man On Earth’ and what are your expectations as far as the feedback go?
“We took our time to write this album, what is the point of rushing something and then being disappointed? We aimed to write an album that is relentless from start-to-finish, a real listening experience. If people that listen to it can feel that and don’t think it’s a bag of dicks we’ll be pretty chuffed.”

How did your debut album title come about and in which ways is related to the content of the album and the band’s journey?
“Gray wrote the lyrics for track 9 on the album, ‘The Last Man on Earth (‘Diary of George’, which is about a man called George trying to survive the zombie apocalypse. We chose this as the album title as the other songs have a general theme around this too; the opening track, ‘They Came From Outer Space’ is about an alien invasion. In ‘Paradise’, a man has his family taken from him and feels like a lost man without them. There is a general feel of vulnerability and loneliness on the album, and usually the end for a person or the whole of humanity.”

You have premiered the video for ‘4 Days’ right here on Terrorizer! Why have you chosen this song for the first single? Would you say ‘4 Days’ summarizes the entire album?
“Premiering the video on Terrorizer was just lovely and we’re really happy with the feedback we’ve received so far! ‘4 Days’ is actually the oldest song on the album, Tris wrote it shortly after the release of our second EP. It probably does summarise us as a band but the album has a lot of different elements that you can’t quite find within ‘4 Days’, they’re all unique.”

Which themes do you like to see reflected in your lyrics and why?
Gray has always been reluctant to write about anything political, and definitely not fucking love songs. The lyrical theme is mainly tongue-in-cheek, B-movie horror, taking influence from old classics. Although the lyrics are usually rather grim, our live show is always fun and we encourage the crowd to let-loose and have fun. Music is just entertainment, after all.”

‘The Last Man On Earth’ is set to be released digitally, independently and for free on Christmas day! What prompted this decision?
“We want EVERYONE to hear the album, and everyone loves something for free. So we came up with the idea of giving it away for free and releasing it on Christmas Day. We want everyone to be head-banging while eating their Christmas turkey!”

In your Facebook page one can read that you are “the UK metal scene’s last hope for melodic death metal.” How so?
“Most melodeath you see is either Carcass/Bolt Thrower copycats who are totally allergic to new and fresh ideas, or boring Arch Enemy clones who wouldn’t know a good riff if it bent them over and violated their bumhole. Carcass just pissed all over every other band in the scene with their new album, yes they are the kings, but where are the contenders for their crown? We hope to breathe new life into one of the greatest styles of metal.”

If you could change one thing about the UK’s melodic death metal scene what would that be?
“In general across the country and especially in Birmingham, fans aren’t really going to shows. We’re guilty too, we probably don’t support the scene enough, support the venues that put on metal shows. They’re all closing down. Ryan’s Bar in Torquay is closing, Tillians in Newcastle just closed. It fucking sucks. But money’s tight and we can just listen to the band’s discography on Spotify for free if we want, right?! It’s time everyone took responsibility and support the small venues that keep this scene alive.”

What touring plans do you have in support of your new album?
“We’re playing with Ingested in Birmingham on 2nd February, we’re setting up some dates in February/March and hopefully get out to some cities we haven’t visited before.”

Is there anything you’d like to add?
“Owen Davies (Loud Noises Production) recorded the album and he deserves a lot of credit, we’re proper chuffed with the production on the album and we have Ow to thank for that. Download our debut album for free at morgueorgy.com Oh, and listen to Bad Religion too.”

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