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Review: Morton - Come Read The Words Forbidden
Come Read The Words Forbidden

Label: AFM Records
Year released: 2011
Duration: 53:46
Tracks: 13
Genre: Power Metal

Rating: 4.5/5

Review online: October 30, 2011
Reviewed by: Christopher Foley
Readers Rating
Come Read The Words Forbidden

Rated 4.6/5 (92%) (10 Votes)

The debut album from Ukrainian upstarts Morton is a fresh, impressive slice of heavy, boisterous power metal. While there is an undeniable air of familiarity blowing throughout Come Read The Words Forbidden, the band display a deft ability for songwriting, and across the thirteen tracks on offer show they mean business.

Morton's sound is a smorgasbord of power metal delights, with helpings of Nocturnal Rites, Tarot, Firewind and a small dose of classic Fates Warning. Throughout the album the band nail several different branches from the power metal family tree, running wild much like a beast let out of its cage. We have straight-up power metal crunchers such as "Brotherhood of Light", hyper-charged symphonic numbers such as "Calling for the Storm" and "Werewolf Hunt", both of which would have veteran acts doing battle with the green eyed monster. Those looking for a scorching face-melter need look no further than the badass "Black Witch", with a verse riff standing as the heaviest on the album, this bad boy smokes! "Losing Faith" also nails the heavier side of the power metal spectrum, a relentless blast of juggernaut riffage.

Those looking for something a little less in your face should be pointed towards mid-paced anthem "Sleeping King" with its classic Fates Warning nuances in the intro and flawless chorus. "Oblivion" ticks the box for your massive poppy track, with a staunch dose of AOR sensibility thrown in for good measure. I could go on; there really isn't a bad moment throughout the album.

Basically if you wished Nocturnal Rites would put out another Shadowland, or Firewind would unleash another Burning Earth, then you need this yesterday. I can't really flaw Come Read The Words Forbidden, a mandatory release for any power metal fan worth his salt.

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