Chuck Schuldiner Project

Friday, July 27, 2018

Morne - To The Night Unknown

It's rare that a record really jumps out of the speakers and hits you, especially in the sludge and post metal genres where so much music ends up being brought into the same 'thing'. It's exciting then when you stumble across something like Morne, which came to me on the recommendation of a good friend and colleague. This is a band who seem to revel in their own obscurity and the intense bitterness of this scene. Their girthy sound touches on all aspects of the sludge and post metal genres often ranging from the extremely pretty to the borderline terrifying.

Coming out on September 7th on Armageddon, as well as the bands own label there is something really thrilling about the breadth of the sound here and the attack brought forward. This is the kind of record that radiates intensity from first to last. You find yourself getting lost in a sense of perpetual forward motion, but not only that, you can't help but to admire the angular and punishing riffing. Toss in a strong melodic sensibility which is tempered with a great understanding of tailing off riffs and you find yourself knee deep in something really special. To The Night Unknown is a record that is allowed to breathe and propagate making it all the more fascinating.

Pushing forward with an undeniable rage and the selfsame human torment that has fueled this genre for so long it's hard not to be enamored with all that is coming together here. While the band seem capable of taking on almost any sonic challenge they frequently decide to go down the paths they know best. This serves to create a punchy and exciting listen that frequently unveils bold new sonic pastures and encourages listeners to really revel in the murk. This is wonderfully twisted and bleak music, it may not be for everyone, but it's certainly for me.

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