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- Testimonium
02. Sólstafir
- Berdreyminn
03. Soror Dolorosa
- Apollo
04. Ulver
- The Assassination Of Julius Caesar
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- Mareridt
06. Sun Of The Sleepless
- To The Elements
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- 1755
08. Au Champ Des Morts
- Dans La Joie
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Morn Guruth - Weltekel (2013) - Review

Band: Morn Guruth
Album title: Weltekel
Release date: 1 July 2013
Label: Talheim Records

Tracklisting:
01. The Darkened Empire Of Death
02. Worthless
03. Destrudo
04. Weltekel
05. Longing For The Void
06. Im Nichts
07. Insignificant
08. Leben-Wider Willen
09. My Journey Into Nothingness
10. Krankheit
11. Close To A Pure Condition
12. Perdition
13. Überwindung

Depressive black metal, huh? Out there are so many bands that call themselves as a depressive black metallers and German, formerly one-man band, now trio, Morn Guruth, are just another band in line that labeled themselves as such, although I don't find in their music that much depression as their musical basis sticks to so many times replayed "kvlt" black metal formula from the early 90s. Ferocious shrieks, aggressive and razor sharp guitars, simple but blasting drums, here and there interupted with gloomy synths, spoken vocals or acoustic parts are the things that could be found in this Morn Guruth's debut album.

Thirteen tracks on this album are a bit too much to get through in one listen if you aren't really a die-hard fan of the genre and to tell the truth I have quite a hard time to search for those shining parts in here. It's a boring listen, maybe because of its duration, but if you have enough of patience you'll find some interesting moments, like in the track "Destrudo" where aggression, nice melody and acoustic parts do the thing. Then "Longing For The Void" with its scary, this time really depressive ambiance is certainly a good effort. Also eight minutes long closing track "Überwindung" and strong "My Journey Into Nothingness" takes the listener nicely through its suffocating atmosphere. Some interesting guitar work can be found also in sophisticated "Krankheit". Simple, but dreary dark synths and piano touches in claustrophobic "Perdition" are not to be missed. There's no doubt about the musical proficiency, the problem in my opinion is in too much repetitiveness and if you ask me the vocals are mostly very annoying, till the point that some tracks get ruined just because of that. Morn Guruth tried to make those songs dynamic with many mood variations, gloomy ambiances and tempo changes between fast and semi-slow paced parts, but all this doesn't make such effect as it should.

If this album would be made just of out those good parts then it could be very appealing and they should consider this in the future. Production is good, only some more depth wouldn't hurt. And yes, the cover artwork... like it was drawn by a non talented child, come on, this is one of the worst cover artworks I've ever seen. Lyrics are mostly in German language and I can't tell you much about this matter. Weltekel is an album that could appeal to many "cvltish" and depressive black metallers, because it has a lot to offer if you are forbearing enough, but at the same time it's one of those albums that will soon be forgotten. Anyway, it's a nice addition to the expansive underground black metal scene!

Review written by: T.V.
Rating: 6/10

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Album title: Sovran
Release date: 30 October 2015
Label: Napalm Records

Sovran is a proof that the combination of gothic metal and doom metal works out perfectly if you have top notch musicians performing and composing it. While the pace of the album is a bit slower and not so direct like on some of their previous albums, the whole gloomy atmosphere is outstanding, songs are catchy, flowing, dramatic and absolutely racked by melancholy. Most of the melodies are stunningly captivating, guitar sound is gentle and heavy at the same time, often we hear those typical slowly gliding evocative trademark Draconian lines and riffs which brings tears in the eye, the rhythmic line is crushing, just right to give that necessary dose of turbulent doom metal and slight aggression into these compositions. The multidimensional ambiance gets often fulfilled with obscure gothy symphonic synths which give to the songs such an unimaginable depth and rich sound. All of the songs on Sovran are nicely building up in atmosphere, there are so many layers and the one who would like to take everything this album offers should be concetrated on the music as much as possible, possibly setting up a perfect mood. Sovran is magical, soothing, melancholic and dreamy adventure, yet it is ponderous, powerful and heavy by partly remaining loyal to the formula from their debut album, Where Lovers Mourn (2003), where the band made a deviation from their early death/black metal days into a dark and doomy metal style which convinced fans of bands like My Dying Bride, Paradise Lost and early Anathema.

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