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Chicago's neo-classical melodic death outfit BURNED IN EFFIGY unleashed their latest album this past January 28th.


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The full-length follows their debut EP "Terrestrial", which was all instrumental. With the addition of vocalist Mark “Smedy” Smedbron, the fury of a new monster was born for the next chapter of the band. "Rex Mortem" was recorded with guitarists Vito Bellino and Brad Dose, who soon after parted ways and saw live guitarists Steve Bacakos and Mike Hisson take over shredding duties. The three new members join co-founding members Eddie Dec (Drums) and Matt Watkins (Bass) to push forward a new front supporting this epic record that has been called by "One of the first strong albums of 2022...".
"It expresses its themes in multiple keys and includes lots of counterpoints, including sections with 3-way counterpoint between the guitars and bass. The vocal chants throughout the song hammer home the lyrical themes of divine right and corruption. The king aims to present an image to his subjects as a just and noble ruler, while he plots to spread his treachery across the land." adds bassist Matt Watkins.
"Rex Mortem" is a high-energy recording, but also diverse. It takes elements from multiple subgenres within metal, mainly melodic death and progressive while infusing neoclassical elements into each track. No two tracks sound the same. Burned In Effigy skillfully and tastefully changed keys and time signatures throughout, so the feel of their music is constantly shifting, but also smoothly flows between each section. Lyrically, the album is the introduction of a tale of a tyrannical king’s rule and demise, including some other minor themes and stories from mythology and classic literature.
Bassist Matt Watkins adds:
"We are psyched to present our debut album, Rex Mortem, a catalog of the first chapter of the band. This has been in the works for a long time and we couldn't be more pleased with how it has turned out. The songs vary in complexity and intensity and demonstrate our growth as a band since its inception. Listeners will hear influences such as The Black Dahlia Murder and The Human Abstract, combining our love for death metal and progressive/neo-classical metal. The vocals are gritty and tense and the lyrics emphasize this with dark tales inspired by mythology, history, and classic literature. We believe our album has something for all metal fans, regardless of preferred subgenre."
Album order for "Rex Mortem" is available at (CD) and all other major digital platforms at
Track Listing:​
1. Doomsayer (3:28)
2. Artorias (5:08)
3. Nightfall (3:20)
4. The Empiricist (4:05)
5. Hades (4:26)
6. Atlas (4:23)
7. Treachery (3:25)
8. Vendetta (3:55)
Album Length: 32:12
​Album Recording Lineup:​
- Mark “Smedy” Smedbron - Vocals
- Matt Watkins - Bass
- Eddie Dec - Drums
- Vito Bellino - Guitar
- Brad Dose - Guitar
​Live Band Line Up:​
- Mark “Smedy” Smedbron - Vocals
- Matt Watkins - Bass
- Eddie Dec - Drums
- Steve Bacakos - Guitar
- Mike Hisson - Guitar
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"One of the first strong albums of 2022... a very solid debut without much in the way of a bad track. While the band tends to stick to a basic formula and not overpopulate the tracks with clean vocals, keyboards, or guest vocals which tends to the be typical melodeath experience these days “Rex Mortem” is full of infectious riffs that will grab listeners and root them in place for the full ride. Definitely, a band to watch for in 2022. 4/5" - Brutalism
"On this album there's a sound that was both impressive technically and a lot of fun. Sure, you're getting technical guitar playing and sinister vocals, but when that neo-classical side of the band hits you can't help but bounce or sway with the melodies." - Metal Injection
"Burned In Effigy gild their aggressive, though catchy, melodic death metal with ornate neoclassical melodies that give their violent proceedings a distinctly regal tint." - Invisible Oranges
"Burned In Effigy, a Neo-classical Melodic Death Metal band from Chicago, weave a sublime meld of classical and progressive elements into their tracks. The result makes their debut full length, Rex Mortem, a stunning and essential listen." - Metal Talk
"If you’re looking for a talented new band that writes engaging songs and showcases a plethora of stylistic influences, look no further. Burned in Effigy are here to blow you away with their relentlessly catchy debut LP, and you can expect to dig it if you like quality metal, period." - Noob Heavy
"This record is straight to the point, brutally beautiful, effortlessly ruthless and an incredibly fun listen... I completely vibed with this record and give it a solid 8/10." - This Day In Metal
"The bombastic guitar soloing on “Vendetta” puts a showmanship quality on the spot..." - Heavy Music Headquarters
"if you’re looking for that ultimate mix of savvy Tech and Melodic Death Metal high on a yet unknown number of energy drinks, Burned in Effigy is your band. 8/10" - Rock Music Raider