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Review: The Morningside - Moving Crosscurrent of Time
The Morningside
Moving Crosscurrent of Time

Label: BadMoodMan Music
Year released: 2009
Duration: 51:18
Tracks: 8
Genre: Doom/Death


Review online: January 11, 2010
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
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Rated 2.75/5 (55%) (4 Votes)

This is different, at least. Rather than the glum Doom/Death I was expecting, The Morningside add an almost prog flair to their music. This is still doomy, with raspy vocals, but the guitar work is very melodic and innovative, reminding me of Agalloch in places. Sometimes the melodies get a little too jazz-like for me, and the music overall does veer a ways into post-metal territory, but the parts of this band's sound come together to make something more than just another clone band. This band is not so much innovating as combining their influences (Anathema, Katatonia, Agalloch) in new ways that I have not heard before. Guitarist Sergey Chelyadinov really shines on this disc, and his smoothly catchy playing is a definite highlight of the whole album. As compositions the songs here are a bit baggy, and don't have as much shape and identity as they could, but they all have some really sharp melodies and a definite mood. I couldn't really tell one song from another on this album, but I was always interested.

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