Master’s Call – Morbid Black Trinity

Rating: 4/5
Distributor/label URL: Self-released
Released: 2019
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Band line-up:

Dave Powell (Guitars)
John Wilcox (Guitars)
Adam Tricklebank (Bass)
James Williams (Drums)
Shayan (Vocals)


1. From Once Beneath The Cursed
2. The Spire Cranes
3. My Eyes Are The Night


Master’s Call are a Wolverhampton five piece black metal band, for fans of Cradle of Filth, Dimmu Borgir and Conjurer. They will be releasing their debut EP ‘Morbid Black Trinity’ on 25 January 2019, and it was recorded at Parlour Studios (Napalm Death, At the Gates, Sikth). The album’s three songs each tell a different tale. Track one is based on madness, hate and evil and what it produces, track two represents towering holy buildings that are prone to be broken down and track three deals with the subject of a hunter in the night who preys on lost souls.

Yes. This is black metal done very well. The beast of a singer shouts with passion and an evil charisma that is far more potent than the thinner screams of most BM. The drummer often employs flat out blasts from kick drums and more interestingly, he sometimes plays rampant pure snares. The latter technique vaguely brings to mind some Fear Factory, for example the ultra brutal intro section of their ‘Cyber Waste’. Crushing and sudden whole band stabs that break up the music for brief amounts of time really add to the sense of excitement and the unknown, and provide an opportunity to furiously head bang. (Much of the music is rather fast, making true thrashing around a little difficult).

There’s also a reasonable amount of variety in this album. Not a lot, but the occasional thrash metal riff gets thrown in here and there. There are even some 80s pedal tone speed metal ideas, like darker, harder versions of Ozzy Osbourne’s ‘Crazy Train’, making the whole experience even more entertaining. It would be good if those ideas were developed a lot more, as Master’s Call write BM that is highly typical. Guess what you get with them? Yep, along with the not long ago mentioned, tremolo picked guitars and twisted dissonances are forced upon you. For the genre the harmony is a little on the safe side, but it is far from basic and it clearly does make sense on a musical level. Lesser bands sometimes don’t seem to truly know what they’re doing.

In conclusion, this is ultra powerful stuff that surpasses the majority of the band’s rivals. It has a bit of a death metal aggression to it, rather than it being more atmospheric, but certainly expect strong feelings of horror and hate. It’s nothing groundbreaking, but it will easily satisfy fans of the style, even the ones who are hard to impress. It perhaps is lacking in super catchy hooks that are fun to go crazy too, however. Instead the band seem to have placed more importance on taste and putting all parts together in a way that is very well constructed. Should you buy this album? If you’re hardcore enough, it’s an obvious ‘yes’ from me!

Review by Simon Wiedemann
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