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Review: Morgion - Solinari

Label: Relapse Records
Year released: 1999
Duration: 52:47
Tracks: 8
Genre: Doom/Death

Rating: 4.5/5

Review online: July 25, 2007
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Readers Rating

Rated 4/5 (80%) (10 Votes)

This second album by vanished doomsters Morgion is by far their most lauded work. Their debut was a rather derivative minor effort, and their third, the majestic Cloaked By Ages, Crowned In Earth, was not as widely distributed, and not much heard. Solinari is simultaneously a much more conventional Doom/Death album than their swan song, and also far more original and involved than their first.

Far from being imitative of bands like Paradise Lost or Anathema, Solinari shows a band completely in control of their craft. The songs here are long and much more varied than on the previous Among Majestic Ruin, with lots of acoustic breaks and atmospheric interludes. This album is much heavier than Cloaked By Ages, and there is no clean singing, so despite the melodic experimentation this is a more direct, traditional Doom/Death recording. Solinari is very unified, with one song leading smoothly into the next without any break or change in mood or feel. Atmosphere is a huge component of the best Doom music, and there is a delightful shadow of brooding antiquity about this album, an overarching pall of ruined and ancient magnificence.

This is about as fine a Doom/Death album as you are likely to encounter. Not as adventurous as their last work, but brimming full with intensity, heaviness, and haunting melody. An album that should not be forgotten.

Other related information on the site
Review: Cloaked By Ages, Crowned In Earth (reviewed by Sargon the Terrible)
Interview with Drummer/Lyricist Rhett Davis on June 3, 2004 (Interviewed by Sargon the Terrible)
Interview with Rhett Davis on July 23, 2003 (Interviewed by Barbara Williams (Crowley))
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