|Review: The Morningside - The Wind, the Trees and the Shadows of the Past|
|The Wind, the Trees and the Shadows of the Past|
Label: BadMoodMan Music
Year released: 2006
Genre: Doom Metal
Review online: March 23, 2008
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
for:The Wind, the Trees and the Shadows of the Past
Rated 4.67/5 (93.33%) (3 Votes)
The Morningside present here some melancholic but not overly depressing Doom Metal. In fact, as far as Doom goes, this is pretty lightweight and quite accessible - call it "easy-listening music for metallers" if you will. This is slow to mid-paced music, big on atmosphere but still providing a healthy dose of guitar-based material, but nothing particularly "aggressive" - this would only sound aggressive to pop music fans, really. That doesn't mean it's bad, just that there's nothing particularly raw, rocking, or anything in-between on this album. This is very soothing music with tasteful use of keyboards and electric guitars that while distorted, sound rather tame (for a metal album, that is.) The overall atmosphere of the album tends toward the sad/melancholic style, but it does cast a somewhat upbeat shadow as well, making this Doom release more of a relaxing than a depressing affair. A couple of vocal styles are used here: Good clean vocals as well as a growl-ish style that borrows from Gothenburgh-style Melodic Death Metal. The Wind, the Trees and the Shadows of the Past may not be the most metal album in one's collection, but there are days when this is just the type of music one feels like listening to.
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