Morgion - _Among Majestic Ruin_
(Relapse, 1996)
by: Drew Snow (9 out of 10)
To those who didn't know (including myself before listening to this), Morgion plays strongly death metal-influenced doom. Guttural vocals and uptempoed sections occasionally come into play during the epic compositions, but for the most part, this is a fine doom metal offering, combining extremely heavy riffing at times with slow, majestic, keyboard-laden atmospheric flourishes. Morgion weave out five anguished offerings on this lengthy MCD, every one of them an amazement in itself, each one sorrowfully adept at proving that Morgion are an awesome band and deserve more recognition than they currently garner (maybe Relapse should stop promoting Amorphis and Neurosis so much?). Even though every song is fantastic, I actually almost gave this album an 8.5, but the third song is just so completely awe-inspiring that anything other than a 9 would be a "Travesty". Some might consider this review a bit too short... but when you're talking about _Among Majestic Ruin_, there's no need to mince words: you owe it to youself to get it immediately.

(article published 4/2/1997)

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