Have you ever seen a movie where bad guys are torturing someone in a house or garage while loud music is playing in the background? I couldn’t tell you the name of one, but I have seen it in several movies. Well, if that were me doing the dirty work, Mortar is the band I think I would choose to drown out the deathly screams of the unfortunate torture candidate. Their EP is called Ground Zero and is 18 minutes of punishing, raw, uncompromising, and unadulterated brutality. Even their cover of Hell Bent for Leather is no less harsh.
The EP is a quick listen and the lacking production value gives the overall feel of that analog early 80s recording practice. It kind of reminds me of very early Slayer. Ground Zero is so raw it almost seems over-the-top intentional, but the very nature of the album and its unrefined quality imply that with the right equipment and funds to record a proper album, Mortar could be a contender.