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Morgion : Travesty

The very rare 'Travesty' 7" has been out of print for countless years now. Luckily it's part of a CDr re-release Morgion themselves did that also includes their 'Rabid Decay' and 'Live Studio Rehearsal' demo's. The EP only has two songs, of with both already had been included on the 'Live Studio Rehearsal' Demo. This demo however was never released as far as my knowledge goes (being a rehearsal demo).

Morgion still play more Death-metal than Doom-metal on this release, but I absolutely don't mind! Solid riffing, bellowing grunts and rolling drums are excellent head bang material after all. The blast beats are a lot less and the more atmospheric and melodic side of Morgion is slowly starting to show. Where on their 'Live Studio Rehearsal' the songs still packed more power, the recording quality here actually seems a little lower. Musically they also seem to have less spunk so to say.

This actually does not work out too badly at all. While 'Nomads of the Dawn' still starts of with massive blast beats (and also has quite a few throughout the song) overall both songs, in all their raw death-metal goodness, are starting to show a bit more of their emotional side. More effort is made into creating an atmosphere. They aren't nearly as atmospheric as later work by Morgion, in essence these remain raw Death-metal tracks, but the introduction of more atmospheric elements within the raw Death-metal works exceptionally well.

'Travesty' clearly is the link between Morgion's early demo days and the Atmospheric Death/Doom masters they are now: raw, but they are not afraid anymore to incorporate atmosphere into their music. To sum it all up in one simple sentence: excellent music by excellent musicians!

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Wither the Storm
2. Nomads of the Dawn

Duration : Approx. 19 minutes

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