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Catamenia's sophomore album continues to have all of the elements present in their debut; mid-paced songs, high-pitched and raw vocals, melodic parts and irregular song structures.
Catamenia has been around for quite a long time, since 1995 and have a plethora of freezing albums available for the listener. One of the best things the album has to offer are the very enjoyable transitions from harsh and raw into melodic parts on the songs. These melodic parts aided by the majestic keyboard arrangements which are complimented by the rest of the instruments. The bass is very audible throughout the album and is effectively combined with the soft parts of songs and intros.
For most songs, the verses are mainly dominated by the raw vocals, which fit the music quite nicely. The atmosphere is very similar to the previous album; chilling and desolate. The drums compliment these verses for the most part and move to a minor role for the softer parts in which the keyboards play. The songs change pace quite often and unpredictably throughout.
"Morning Crimson" is very similar to Catamenia's previous and following album. If the listener enjoyed the experience with this record, there is a very high chance that "Halls of Frozen North" and "Eternal Winter's Prophecy" will be enjoyed just as much, due to the various similarities between them. One of the downsides this album processes is failing to significantly differentiate from the previous albums, however one might enjoy a particular one due to preference. Despite this, "Morning Crimson" is one of the strongest releases by the band's discography, as well as a solid record in melodic black metal.
While most songs have at least something interesting to give to the album, wether it is a unique keyboard arrangement or song structure, there are still various songs that are heavier in nature that are both uninteresting and bland. "Winternacht" is an example of this, it feels boring and heavy just for the sake of it. Other songs like "Aurora Borealis" are the complete opposite, including all of the elements presented in one of the best possible ways. "Passing Moment of Twilight Time" shows some of the best tempo variations while still being one of the heavier songs. "The Forests of Tomorrow" is another must-listen in the album. It has one of the most interesting keyboard arrangements playing in the background and even gets its own time to shine for a few seconds. Aside from this, the song is very similar to the rest of the album, but definitely above average.
While not quite as raw as "Halls of Frozen North", it is still very high quality compared to it. This album, however, has a small shift towards melody. However, it is until the next album "Eternal Winter's Prophecy" that the band reflects this sound a lot more.