Morgion
Solinari


4.0
excellent

Review

by Dancin' Man USER (40 Reviews)
January 17th, 2005 | 14 replies


Release Date: 1999 | Tracklist


Released - 1999 on Relapse

Members -
Jeremy Peto - Bass, Vocals
Dwayne Boardman - Guitars
Rhett Davis - Drums
Gary Griffith - Guitar, Keyboards

Serpentine Scrolls/Decent to Arawn begins this album in one of the creepiest ways I have ever heard. Church bells, humming and gregorian chants with winds sounds. Then a bass part. The calm before the storm. But it builds instead. Slowly adding instruments and vocals and slowly fading out the opening. It is slow and methodical, beginning with clean vocals, almost spoken word and then fading into a death growl. The song just builds and builds and all of a sudden you realize that this is some heavy music. And then, it goes back to something much like the beginning. There is some dual guitar work but I can't call it impressive because it's doom metal and thus fairly slow. And then out of that a black metal noise from the singer. He is very diverse I must say. This first track is great because it has the first half that does the build then it basically restarts but is much quicker about changin parts. I like both halves very much.

Onto Canticle. This song is more like the second half of Serpentine Scrolls/Decent to Arawn. It has some cool but simple piano parts, nice guitars and great vocals. It sounds like battle music basically. The way the guitars build and then thunder around you. Great song. Solinari follows this and is basically a very atmospheric guitar and bass song. A filler I suppose but also very good. Reminds me of Tool's Eon Blue Apocolypse. Then we get Nightfall Eternal, the 11 minute epic or atmosphere, crushing guitars and brutal vocals. Despite the repetition of many parts the drummers constant fills keep things interesting. There are alos many great dynamic shifts here, switching from lead to feather. That is the biggest similarity between Morgion and Opeth. If you don't get the entire album (which you should) get this song.

All The Glory is a bit different a feel. It feels like a less thought about song. It is probably my least favorite song on the album. Towards the end though, it picks up by slowing down and gettign quieter before flowing perfectly into All The Loss. This song begins with a pretty cool guitar part joined by quiet vocals and strings then drums. It moves faster than most of the other songs too. I suppose it would be the ballad of the album as it never really gets heavy until the last 3/4 of the song. It is a great track and really helps All The Glory look less bad.

Blight feels like it can't decide if it wants to explode or not for the first minute or so and then decides not to relying on slow, clean guitar chords that fade into something heavier but then falling back to simple clean guitar riffs again. The song decides it wants to build up to heaviness but relies on the melancholy feel for the weight more than the level of distortion. The Last Sunrise is basically movie or good video game music. It does, have an apocolyptic feel but not the type you'd assume. Not the thundering fire and brimstone but a more sad reflection on the fact that we're all going to die. It is an instrumental.

This album is killer. Probably my favorite Morgion album.

I highly recommend it.



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Dancin' Man
January 21st 2005


719 Comments


I'm serious, check it out.

Dancin' Man
May 11th 2005


719 Comments


No, really, check it out.

Wave.Existance.Tears
June 21st 2006


72 Comments


Pretty good doom/death...

Seriously? No one here knows of them?

I guess I was a little suprised to find them though...erk.

Epilogue
May 21st 2008


1591 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Wow, you beat me to it...by years...

No, really, check it out.

Seconded

fireaboveicebelow
May 21st 2008


6837 Comments


I like the second cd a lot more

showroadie247
May 21st 2008


1 Comments


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Epilogue
May 21st 2008


1591 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I like the second cd a lot more

btw, this was the band I tried to remember, the one my dad told me about


fireaboveicebelow
May 21st 2008


6837 Comments


I just added it to the site

fireaboveicebelow
October 2nd 2008


6837 Comments


did anyone else know these guys split up?

Danath
December 1st 2008


13 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

One of my favorite albums of all time. It has superb songwriting, beautiful melodies mixed with powerful riffing and there is absolutely no repetition to be find here. I hope these guys and this album won't be forgotten

Funeralopolis
December 5th 2012


11595 Comments


good album

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Keyblade
May 3rd 2013


15040 Comments


album rules so hard

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Keyblade
July 15th 2013


15040 Comments


sooo fucking good

CaptainDooRight
May 23rd 2014


29957 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

rate it key

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