Morgion - Cloaked by Ages, Crowned in Earth (Black) (LP) Cover Art

Morgion - Cloaked by Ages, Crowned in Earth (Black) (LP)

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Origin: USA
Released: 2011
Catalog number: KR-41
When you listen to a Morgion album, the closest thing you get to Californian opulence is the fog enshrouded Sierra Nevada. Once a perfect example of heaviness put to effective use, Morgion have, with their latest release, learned the fine art of employing sparse, subtle guitar atmosphere. They convey a genuine sense of the epic and the world historical. The band have often spoken of the earth, literal and metaphorical, as a primary musical influence, and it shows in their washed out, earthy music: the songs fairly reek of soil and sediment, the odor of rain and pine needles. Some of the riffs are so rustic, they're only a slide guitar and a twang away from alt-country, and the growls of old are largely supplanted by folksy singing provided by Dwayne Boardman and Gary Griffith. The average Morgion song is like a walk through the woods under the stars: dark, eerie, and intermittently inspiring.