Morrow (UK)
The Quiet Earth


4.0
excellent

Review

by Zakusz USER (5 Reviews)
May 5th, 2022 | 10 replies


Release Date: 03/25/2022 | Tracklist

Review Summary: On this third official outing the band has shaped their sound to its fullest definition, the delivery intentional, realized and whole.


Silhouettes of towers collapsing, rivers damming with ash and skies full of black smoke whisking semaphore abstracts, the snow of the fallout thawed by the forge in their throats. This is the Quiet Earth.

Over these next 44 minutes what you will hear is relentless, explosive, and primal. There are very few shades of light in these dark corners, and what semblance of hope remains is suffocated by the weight of a heavy hand. One gets the sense of observing this pandemonium as the album progresses, a silent vessel muted by black tape as you stand with your feet planted firmly on the gray ground.

The vocals churn and pulverize, trading between the members and guests of Morrow in chaotic bursts. The slow plodding tropes of the post-metal genre are little to none on the record and instead are replaced by fragmented chunks of dissonant blasts and walls of impenetrable sound. The reflective parts are spaced appropriately throughout the record, offering a chance for the listener to catch their breath despite the poisoned air. The cello works its way underneath the mammoth score, peaking melancholy summits when the distortion and bellowing ceases for only moments at a time.

This suffocating delivery does not come without its diminishing returns, especially on first listen. The overall sound of the record can be exhausting almost to a fault, until the beauty of the layers and arrangements overtakes the heavy handedness that is most apparent to virgin ears. The mix has the burden of gluing these monstrosities together, and the production choices lend artistic elements and flavors to the overall piece in cohesive and intricate ways.

The acoustic strumming of the opener is crisp and clean, yet the undertones subtly reflect on what is to come. The distorted guitar tones are crusty, thick and dry, sitting at a level that allows the rest of the mix to breathe and draws focus to other areas of importance as necessary. The drums are forward and punkish furthering the distance of this album from its genre peers that otherwise rely on builds and sprawling climaxes.

On this third official outing the band has shaped their sound to its fullest definition, the delivery intentional and realized and whole. The sonic risks taken here are the only subtlety of the record and must be discovered rather than spoon-fed. They come in the form of norms dismissed, a genre broken apart and pieced back together to fit the narrative of the end of days. Where contemporaries would rely upon the tried and true formula of rise and fall, Morrow instead chooses to rise and rise and rise until the weight of the composition caves in upon itself in the best of ways, a collapse of calculated demise.

You as the observer of this pandemonium have a choice as the record comes to a close, do you remove the black tape from your lips and call out to the ghosts of the world, or do you stay silent as the earth lies still and gray?


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3.9
excellent


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Zakusz
May 5th 2022


676 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

The album can be streamed below:



https://morrowpunx.bandcamp.com/album/the-quiet-earth

Pikazilla
May 5th 2022


23183 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

based

Demon of the Fall
May 5th 2022


24985 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Niiiiiiiiiiice!



Pos. Fittingly excellent review for an excellent album.

Digging: Nujabes - Luv(sic) Hexalogy

Zakusz
May 5th 2022


676 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Thanks Demon, I really feel like this needed more attention across the board and I was able to put together my thoughts on this record pretty easily. I discovered Fall of Efrafa just this year and became obsessed with anything the band members touched outside of that project.

Scoot
May 6th 2022


21259 Comments


alex cf again eh

guy is an animal

Zakusz
May 6th 2022


676 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Yeah at first his vocals we what held me back from Fall of Efrafa and then one day they just clicked. Now I can't get enough

Zakusz
May 24th 2022


676 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Oh man, ghost neg haha

Ectier
June 11th 2022


698 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This may be the leading heavy record for me this year

Demon of the Fall
June 11th 2022


24985 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It’s certainly close.

Zakusz
June 12th 2022


676 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Yeah, just listened again last night after a week long break and it is still killer from start to finish



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