MORBID SAINT - Swallowed by Hell  CD
MORBID SAINT - Swallowed by Hell  CD
MORBID SAINT - Swallowed by Hell CD

HRR 955CD, slipcase

Pat Lind - vocals
Jay Visser - guitar
Jim Fergades - guitar
Bob Zabel - bass
DJ Bagemehl - drums

01 Rise from the Ashes
02 Swallowed by Hell
03 Bloody Floors
04 Burn Pit
05 Fear Incarnate
06 Fuck Them All
07 Bleed Them Dry
08 Pine Tuxedo
09 Killer Instinct
10 Psychosis


In a way, it is quite sensational to see another MORBID SAINT album released at this point in time, meaning more than 30 years after their second LP “Destruction System” was recorded but not finished, only to be officially published recently. Then again, “Swallowed By Hell” doesn’t exactly come out of the blue…

In fact, the prospect of delivering new music in their own unique death/thrash metal style was one of the main reasons why the core members reunited in 2010 (and above all, stayed together) in the first place. During its initial run from 1984 to ’94, the band wasn’t even close to having the final word, especially with regards to their seminal first record “Spectrum of Death” (1990).

“We started writing the new songs in early to mid 2022,” guitarist and co-founder Jim Fergades says. “There are a few older ideas, but for the most part, it’s fresh stuff. We felt the song ‘Swallowed By Hell’ summarized the underlying theme of the entire material, so it became the title track. There are many different evils in the world today – and many, many ways for us to be consumed by that evil.”

“Swallowed By Hell” was born from a remote creative exchange, with ideas being bounced back and forth between all members, who steadily improved and built on them to create a ten-track barrage of extreme metal like it’s become rare these days – utterly punishing yet musically sophisticated, pushing limits but not for its own sake, and topped off by an artwork from the iconic Ed Repka (Death, Megadeth).

“The group is much more focused now that we are all older,” Jim relates with respect to the album’s direction and feel, which evoke the qualities of their debut without giving the impression of a cheap rehash. “All of us strive to compliment each other musically to make sure this is the best product we can deliver to our fans with no exceptions.”

Recorded at The Belle City Sound Company by Chris Djuricic (Num Skull, Disinter) with finishing touches put on at Chernobyl Studios by Scott Elliott, “Swallowed By Hell” reeks of the old school – think Demolition Hammer, Sadus, Devastation – but plants its feet firmly on contemporary ground.

Which is not just promotional drivel either: “We have learned how fortunate we are to have each other and don’t take our companionship for granted,” Jim concludes. “This is a great group of guys, the best line-up we could ask for, and I’m very honoured to be able to make music with them. We now welcome all opportunities, and depending on which ones come our way, you never know what may happen…”
Andreas Schiffmann