|Morphia is another promising band which chose the difficult path of self-releasing their albums. Fortunately they seem to have found a distributor (Fear Dark) and they didn't forget to send their second CD to doom-metal.com for a review (which I certainly don't regret).|
The band hails from The Netherlands, a country with a well-respected atmospheric metal scene (Within Temptation, The Gathering, After Forever...) and this is something one can clearly hear in the sound of Morphia. Melancholic guitar lines, tasteful, symphonic keyboards, a powerful production…are all elements that we already encountered in aforementioned bands. Fortunately, Morphia chose to develop their own sound and their ties with the doom-metal genre are - contrary to those other bands - still very strong. Their vocalists' ultradeep grunt and the heavy, low tuned guitars are certainly not going to offer them a place in the hitparade near Within Temptation's 'Ice queen'. Deep, powerful and self-willed, those guys clearly don't like the 'tralala' type of gothic metal, mixing their bombastic doom/gothic metal with melancholic songs and ethereal guitar lines which could spring forth from Anathema's 'The Silent Enigma'. The deep grunts are implemented with whispers, clean male vocals and moody spoken parts. Sometimes I expect to hear female vocals here and there (in the good-old gothic metal tradition of Within Temptation or After Forever), but those vocals are fortunately not introduced in a cheap attempt to steal some crumbs from the success of those bands. The music always remains heavy, focused to the metal sound and faithful to its powerful riffs.
Are those guys catchy? My god, they are! Just listen to the headbanging inducing 'Wicklow mountains', the powerful main riff of 'When silence fell' or the moving dual vocal lines of 'Again'. Their sound which is both melodic and aggressive at the same time, sometimes reminds me of a rawer (and more uncompromising) version of Trail of Tears.
If you're into this kind of melodic doom/gothic metal, don't hesitate. Those guys have everything: the catchiness, the melodies, the good riffs, but also the heaviness, the power and the bombastic outbursts.
Band site: http://morphia.nl. The CD can be ordered from their site, so take your chance!
2. The Sun
3. The Forest
4. Wicklow Mountains
5. Frozen Dust
6. When Silence Fell
8. Long Lost
9. Forced to Obey
Duration : Approx. 53 minutes
Visit the Morphia bandpage.