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Morgion : Rabid Decay

I recently was lucky enough to get a whole bunch of merchandise from the Morgion guys. Among these, was also the private CDr re-release of their 1991 demo 'Rabid Decay'. I had not previously heard this demo, but knew it was going to be quite a lot more death-metalish then later material.

After a doomy and definably Morgion sounding intro, the music on this demo is indeed a lot more death-metal then doom-metal. The pace of the music is often very quick to say the least, accompanied by heavy grunts. However, basically every song has their slow parts, with a nearly perfect early death/doom sound to it. This does not only showcase the direction Morgion later would take; it is exceptionally great old-school death/doom from the early nineties as well. 'In the Process' is a great example of this. Ultra slow grinding death/doom mixed in with hyper fast blast-beats.

These days when Doom-metal has become such a complicated genre with so many sub-genres and an equal amount of people arguing about them, it is nice to hear some old school, no nonsense, death/doom again. Most bands, including Morgion themselves, have long left this path in the search for more atmospheric and melodic Doom. Raw Death/Doom such as this is basically a dead genre, only kept alive by the very few and a few underground death-metal bands that accidentally forget to keep their music up-tempo every so often.

All of Morgion's efforts are highly enjoyable, and this demo is no exception. It really is a blast from the past and puts you right back in the early nineties when Death-metal was still a much more popular genre than it is now. And listening carefully you can also hear some of the elements that to this day mark Morgion's sound. Much has changed, but some things have stayed the same. Basically 'Rabid Decay' offers you quality old school Death-metal with some great Death/Doom-metal moments.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Intro
2. Drowning In Sorrow
3. I, the Skeptic
4. In the Process
5. Gothic Decorum
6. Encased in Glass

Duration : Approx. 30 minutes

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Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Aldo Quispel
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