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Marrowfields – Metamorphoses

by Justin "Witty City' Wittenmeier at 21 March 2020, 4:29 AM

MARROWFIELDS is a Doom Metal band from Newport, Rhode Island.  Although they have a demo, “Metamorphoses,” is their debut full length,“The Flood” opens with thick Doom laden riffs but also some nice melodies woven into them.  This creates an atmospheric sound without the use of keyboards, which is always impressive to me.  It is refreshing to see guitars being used for something else in Doom rather than just fuzz or a wall of sound.  This song has a decent intro to it, a nice build up to the vocals.  KEN GILLIS has a good voice, but he sounds somewhat far away in the mix.  Still, he has a commanding, expressive voice that goes well enough with the guitars as they switch to heavier moments during the verses.

The next track, “Crow and Raven,” begins with minimalist, clean guitar notes that hint at darker things to come.  Lead guitar lines sprinkle themselves on the track’s earlier moments.  KEN’s wail brings a change in the song’s direction as a blanket of distortion lands with force.  The song builds up in this force for the next few minutes as it it fades back down around the seven-and-a-half-minute mark for a more intimate, introspective moment that finishes out the song.

Whereas the first two tracks prized atmosphere over a more direction assault, “Birth Of The Liberator,” is much more direct.  This track is more along the lines of more traditional avenues of Doom, as the song is very riff and drum focused.  The melodic moments presented in the first two tracks do find their place in the song as does a much faster paced part around the 5:45 mark.  I found this song to be one of the album’s best, as it it stays consistently heavy but still switches moods.

The title track, “Metamorphoses,” is up next and it is one hell of a track. This one alternates swirls of melancholy drenched guitar with a classic, slow, Doom tempo with faster, more intense parts thrown into the mix—but it sounds natural and keeps up the flow of not only the track but of the album itself.  The last two minutes or so are especially of note, a dirge filled with crashing cymbal work, crunchy riffs, and stampeding double bass. The last track, “Dragged To The World Below,” is also the longest presented so it makes for a nice end cap to the album, although it doesn’t overly different from the previous tracks which is a problem the album has throughout.  However, it is a good song and the vocal performance is particularly tortured and emotional.

With “Metamorphoses,” MARROWFIELDS have put out a decent atmospheric laden Doom album that also focuses on having plenty of kick ass riffs.  A bit more variety and differentiation between the tracks would push the score up higher for me but it is still a very worthy album for any Doom fan.

Songwriting: 7
Musicianship: 7
Memorability: 7
Production: 6

3 Star Rating

1. The Flood
2. Crow and Raven
3. Birth of the Liberator
4. Metamorphoses
5. Dragged To The World Below
Brandon Green – Guitars
Tim Cabral – Bass
AJ Grimes – Drums
Josh Moran – Guitars
Ken Gillis – Vocals
Record Label: Black Lion Records


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