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Mortillery Interview

Mortillery Interview

Hailing from Canadian Edmonton, Mortillery are on a mission to deliver true thrash metal, standing out with their smashing riffage, raw energy and dynamic female vocals. Drawing influence from a wide range of artists such as Judas Priest, Death Angel, Detente, Warfare and Holy Moses, the unstoppable force of Mortillery is reminiscent of the glory days of Bay Area Thrash, as well as the primal aggression of hardcore/punk. Their third album Shapeshifter is a ferocious beast drunk on speed, venomous guitar solos and the rabid vocals of Cara McCutchen. This heavy-weight release is the perfect blend between melody and aggression!

Your new album, ‘Shapeshifter’, has just been released. How long did it take you to put the release together?

-We started writing songs for this album back in 2013; we had a member change that same summer and a full European tour in January 2014. We finished writing it late 2014 and finally got into the studio early 2015. We worked on the album in February and then again in August of 2015. And now the album is out! Finally!!

Can you tell our Rock n Reel readers about some of the lyrical themes you cover on this release?

-Cara is our vocalist and main lyric composer; here themes are usually about self-discovery and cryptids she also likes biology and sings about any topic she finds interesting. I, (Alex Gutierrez) have written some lyrics for the band and my themes are usually war, apocalypse and evil.

Can you tell us a little bit about how the writing process usually works for you guys?

-Usually we complete the music and arrangements and once that’s ready Cara will record it and takes it home, a week or so later we jam again and she has lyrics! We then finalize the song and structure and its done.

In terms of the writing or recording, did you approach this release differently in any way?

-Not really, we always go into the studio fully ready with all the songs and lyrics finished. We also don’t force any of the song writing, meaning there’s no timeline or specific format, so far it has worked really well for us so we just keep doing what we know.

Do you have any upcoming tour dates you can tell us about?

Have there been any new albums from other artists that you’ve recently heard and liked?  

-Recently one of my top newer albums is “At War With Reality” by At The Gates. It’s perfect in every way!

What was the first album you bought and did it have any influence on you becoming a musician?

– I think I bought “Appetite for Destruction” on tape in ’91 and also Bon Jovi’s “Cross Road” a few years later. Yes I’d say it totally influenced me 100% still listen to them to this day!

If you were unlucky enough to be placed on death row and were granted a last meal, what would it be?

-Pupusas!! If you don’t know what they are I recommend you head to your local El Salvadorian restaurant. Everyone has a local El Salvadorian restaurant nearby, right?

Our website is all about Punk, Rock & Metal but we are also review Movies. Have you seen anything recently that you have loved or loathed?

-Yeah! “The Witch” is awesome! “Mad Max Fury Road” is an instant classic of course. “The Big Lebowski” is probably my favorite movie.

What would be your desert island movie & album?

ty” by At The Gates.


Shapeshifter is out now on Napalm Records!