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Morgion - Morgion (CD)

by Harry Papadopoulos at 29 July 2008, 1:40 PM

When a record label digs up an old band, the possibilities of being a rough diamond are not that many. But as far as the majestic doom metalers MORGION concerns and this double disk compilation, the odds are good.

Probably the older doom fans that where in the underground scene know the band. Unfortunately, MORGION didn't make the big step forward, and they remained as another hidden diamond. I would say that the lack of proper promotion from labels and the band itself, forced them in the shadows and, eventually, they split up. The band was formed back in 1990 in Orange County as a Death Metal act. Two years later, and after two demos, they released their only 7 called Travesty. During the years that passed, they had some lineup changes and recorded three full-length albums. Their last one, Cloaked By Ages, Crowned In Earth, was out in 2004.

The first CD includes their second full-length album, Solinari, released in 1999. The death/Doom Metal that the band is playing here has nothing to be jealous of regarding most known bands, with a deadly atmosphere binding nicely with spoken words between the growlings and majestic keyboards. Furthermore, here you will listen to two unreleased tracks from the recording sessions and an alternate version of Canticle. The band recorded those three songs for their second EP, which never saw the light of day.

In the second CD of this compilation we can listen to their debut album, Among Majestic Ruin (1997), and some rehearsal tracks. Another 70 minutes of pure Death/Doom metal, this time with almost no keyboards at all, just one or two fill ups in the background, and faster speeds at some parts from the band, showing the roots of their music. It surely is rawer than the other CD, since here the music is leaning more to Death than Doom, but nevertheless it shows that the band had the potential for making a name in the Metal scene.

A nice compilation with two albums and some unreleased tracks, that will make more people to listen to this well-hidden diamond of Doom Metal. Almost 140 minutes of darkness and magic and melancholy. Unfortunately, I don't know if they are thinking about a reunion or something like that, since the official site is not online. Let's just hope that they are up to something. Fans of Doom, if you know them, you probably have already this double CD. As for those who don't know them, well what a better start than this combo?

P.S.: I don't think that releases like this one should have a score.

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Disc 1

The Serpentine Scrolls/Descent To Arawn
Nightfall Infernal
All The Glory…All The Loss
The Last Sunrise
Symphonie Der Gravens
Canticle (Alernate Version)

Disc 2

Relic Of A Darkened Past
In Ashen Tears (Thus I Cry)
Basking Under A Blacksun Dawning
Invalid Prodigy
Mundane (Demo)
The Serpentine Scrolls/Descent To Arawn (Demo)
Phoenix Moons (Demo)
All The Glory…All The Loss (Rehearsal Track)
Jeremy Peto - Voice And Words
Dwayne Boardman - Guitars
Rhett Davis - Battery And Scriptures
Gary Griffith - Guitars, Acoustics, Synths
Record Label: Relapse Records


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