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Morgion - Among Majestic Ruin (Black) (LP)

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Origin: USA
Released: 2009
Catalog number: KR-26
Morgion are a death-doom fest that cannot be easily ignored. This startling produced record is thick with heavy bass oriented riffs, clear leadwork and rolling thunder drumming that brings life to a shockingly slow rhythm section. Morgion craft long epics that slide between the mid-paced groove of Sabbath and the slower doom pieces that makes one think of Eyes of Ligeia. Solid chops, grunting vocals and well planned movements help one get into the darker mindset that is intially clouded by the strange fantasy aspect.

This album is atmospheric, however there is more death/doom to their sound than previous releases. The music could be compared and contrasted to the likes of Obscured or some of the earliest Amorphis releases in its epic/atmospheric death metal, although this one’s a bit rough around the edges.

With "Among Majestic Ruin," Morgion revel in their influences of Candlemass and Black Sabbath, yet not to the point of imitation. All the familiar Morgion elements are present: the crushing guitar tone, the slow doom passages, and despondent moods. "Among Majestic Ruin" has more of a death metal urgency to it rather than the medieval overtones of "Solinari." Compared to curtailed paces of "Solinari," "Among Majestic Ruin" is practically a speed metal album with greater application of guitars and quicker paces. In all honesty, though, this is quite a debut achievement for the doom genre.