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Morgion : Live Studio Rehearsal Demo

Recorded live in 1992 at Jim Barnes Studio, California this must be the most rare material of Morgion to date. Luckily it's part of the private re-issue CDr that also includes their 'Rabid Decay' demo (and 'Travesty' EP). Even on Morgion's website there is basically no information available about this demo. I'm not 100% sure, but my guess is that this Demo never was released to the public in any way. This means the only way to obtain a copy, is by getting your hands on a copy of the CDr Morgion themselves released with all material which precedes their first label deal.

On to the music now; being an oddity might make a collectors heart beat faster, but in the end it's the music we are really interested in. The quality of the recording and songwriting make it very hard to believe this is a live recorded rehearsal demo in just one go. I've heard demo's of far lesser quality that had more meddling and that weren't played straight live. And I've heard demo's that were and as a result are of a very low quality.

Musically we are still listening to Morgion's early development years. The primordial death-metal soup from which Morgion came crawling forth. This means this Demo is more Death-metal than Doom-metal. There are some slower sections, that hint towards Morgion's later development, but overall this is something for those among us who also appreciate a good blast beat, deafening grunts and fast drumming.

Both the slower and the faster parts are all very well executed. A song like 'What Dwells upon Man' just demands respect. From early Death/Doom traces to blast beats, this song is a real "ear-catcher". The other songs are all of equal quality but especially the slower sections of this track really grabbed my attention.

In short this is a great piece of history of one of today's finest Death/Doom acts. I'm not sure if fans of more romantic, say gothic/doom, would enjoy this release, but I think a good dose of death-metal never hurt anyone. Good quality Death-metal by a better than good band!

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Chasm
2. Nomads of the Dawn
3. What Dwells upon Man
4. Wither the Storm

Duration : Approx. 19 minutes

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Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Aldo Quispel
Hate Your Guts Records
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