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Misty Morning : Martian Pope

Misty Morning seems to be a doom rock destabilization of the popular cultural reality. Take 'Doom Saloon' for example. It is a relatively up-tempo oldschool doom rock track where the modern wild west myth is twisted and bent to fit a doomier approach. The twist is done in such a way that it feels more like a Morgan Kane novel featuring Ozzy Osbourne as the protagonist. It feels unreal in it's combination, yet all the elements are well known pop-cultural phenomena. Of course, Misty Morning are not the first to make such tales; even Black Sabbath weren't the first to do that. It is just that these tales are so clearly in focus in the music that I feel obliged to mention it. (The album title should alone have made that focus so obvious that it might as well have grown on your nose.)

This Italian trio have been playing music since 1995 but never released anything until 2007. This is their second release, yet they still have a strong garage sound despite that twelve years have passed since the dawn of Misty Morning. If you ignore the strong stoner elements in several of the songs then the music sounds very much like I'd imagine a pre-debut Trouble would do if they made a high quality recording of a back-alley concert. Among the more modern bands you could compare these guys to P˙lon and World Funeral, both of whom produce very fuzzy doom rock/traditional doom. Finally, it would be silly not to comment on the pure Black Sabbath influences: Particularly in the slower sections you'll hear both 'Paranoid' and 'Iron Man'.

This having been said, there is too much experience behind the wheel of this band to plainly copy others. It's hard to make completely original doom rock, but these guys have given it a fair shot. Also I'd like to commend the band for their vocalist who manages to sing in a well pronounced English, which so many Italian bands fail to do. My final verdict is that this is a decent head-banger for fans of the oldschool garage sound.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Martian Pope
2. Doom Saloon
3. My Wicked Dream (the fabulous trip of mangustadrone in the land of cobraporn)
4. No Mood (necromancer's ride)
5. Astrosarcophagus

Duration : Approx. 29 minutes.

Visit the Misty Morning bandpage.

Reviewed on 31-05-2010 by Arnstein Petersen
Hate Your Guts Records
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