Morgion - _Solinari_
(Relapse/St. Clair, 1999)
by: Adrian Bromley (
There has always been something fascinating about the work of California doom act Morgion. The band's debut outing _Among Majestic Ruin_ was heralded by metal fans as an exquisite piece of work. Beautiful tapestries of metal woven into a fine piece of work. Gritty vocals accompanying some of the most masterful -- not to mention heavy -- guitar tones in the last little while was what made up _Among Majestic Ruin_. With their follow-up _Solinari_, the band continues on creating some lengthy bits of material, cheered onward by the sullen ways of the band's guitar tones and the well-crafted song writing. Just feel the sincerity in the harsh vocals of Jeremy Peto, or the aggressive nature of Rhett Davis' drumming style. Stunning. For the most part, the band has once again captured the magic, though as a whole this is not a true masterpiece. With some dips and turns of the band's vocal styles, mixed up with some out of character song structure ideas, the band loses some initiative in their form of attack. Rather than stick to what they do right, they seemed to have ventured out a bit. Experimentation is all a must for music, but sometimes loosening what you have sets you adrift. Still one of the most promising releases (and bands) out there right now.
(article published 5/19/1999)
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