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Release date: 24 February 2014
Style: Death metal, Progressive metal

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8.2 | 77 votes

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01. Berceuse
02. Chains
03. Towards A Dark Sky
04. Aurora In The Offing
05. It Stretches In The Hollow
06. Ripening Life
07. The Perennial Link
08. Solace
09. Beyond Life's Sealed Abode
10. Terminus

Review

Staff review by
Apothecary

Rating:
8.5
Within the past couple of years, the typically rigid subgenre of death metal has seen a good few bands challenge some of its more cliché formulas and ideas, to the point of becoming quite noteworthy needles that separate from the rest of the haystack. Portal have done it, Tribulation have done it, and this year, Morbus Chron are looking to get in on the action, doing one hell of a job at it in the process.

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published 08.05.2014 | Comments (34)

Staff pick by
!J.O.O.E.!

24.02.2014 Morbus Chron appear to want a piece of the action that Tribulation got last year with their phenomenal The Formulas of Death album. Like them, they see themselves merging an old-school aesthetic with a modern twist. Death, thrash and progressive metal is blended harmoniously with mature songwriting and superbly organic production to create superlative atmosphere.



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!J.O.O.E.! - 09.02.2014 at 13:31  
Rating: 8 Probably my most anticipated album now, based on that one song they released.
!J.O.O.E.! - 21.02.2014 at 15:06  
Rating: 8 Good. Gooooood.
Troy Killjoy - 21.02.2014 at 15:53  
  Album title reminds me of this:
Pazdzioch - 22.02.2014 at 13:21  
  The best thing I've heard this year... Siriously fun riffing here.
Alex Fenger - 23.02.2014 at 18:48  
Rating: 8 Yeah this is some pretty great stuff. Definitely one of the better albums from 2014 so far
Daniell - 23.02.2014 at 20:25  
  I wonder why people call it death metal while it's much closer to thrash, with quite a bit of prog. A very good album by the way.
toxx - 24.02.2014 at 08:57  
  A good album! Really good! Not as Death Metal sounding as Sleepers in the rift, though, but still worth a listen!
Sceptyk - 25.02.2014 at 06:03  
  I listened to the one song in Stereogum and, I don't know why, but something about the song reminded me of "The Red in the Sky is Ours" by At the Gates. I don't know if it's the vocals, the dynamic songwriting with all the twists, stops and turns, or even the sometimes similar melodic riffing (after 3:28 specially) , but I got that feeling. An awesome feeling, by the way, because that first album from At the Gates is one of my favorites and a style of death metal that unfortunately never influenced many bands (at least to my knowledge, only Eucharist had an album with a similar style).

Although that song reminds me of that album, it still sounds very different. I like it a lot, and I'm certainly going to listen to the rest of the album and it will probably end up as one of my favorites of 2014.
!J.O.O.E.! - 25.02.2014 at 14:40  
Rating: 8
Written by Sceptyk on 25.02.2014 at 06:03

I listened to the one song in Stereogum and, I don't know why, but something about the song reminded me of "The Red in the Sky is Yours" by At the Gates. I don't know if it's the vocals, the dynamic songwriting with all the twists, stops and turns, or even the sometimes similar melodic riffing (after 3:28 specially) , but I got that feeling. An awesome feeling, by the way, because that first album from At the Gates is one of my favorites and a style of death metal that unfortunately never influenced many bands (at least to my knowledge, only Eucharist had an album with a similar style).

Although that song reminds me of that album, it still sounds very different. I like it a lot, and I'm certainly going to listen to the rest of the album and it will probably end up as one of my favorites of 2014.

Actually I totally see what you mean. Just randomly put on a song and the song did resemble those tumbling, almost chaotic style of riffs from The Red Sky Is Yours at certain points.
Mattybu - 01.03.2014 at 05:07  
  Well anything that combines thrash, death and prog in the style of The Red in the Sky is OURS ( ) should be pretty damn good... I want to this listen to this one.
Sceptyk - 01.03.2014 at 06:32  
 
Quote:
Well anything that combines thrash, death and prog in the style of The Red in the Sky is OURS ( ) should be pretty damn good... I want to this listen to this one.


I noticed my terrible but funny mistake only after Joe quoted me. Well I edited my comment, I apparently don't like grammar mistakes as much as re-reading before posting, as crazy as it sounds
Rulatore - 01.03.2014 at 06:33  
  Is this similar to their first one ? If yes, I'll just skip it.
!J.O.O.E.! - 01.03.2014 at 12:59  
Rating: 8
Written by Rulatore on 01.03.2014 at 06:33

Is this similar to their first one ? If yes, I'll just skip it.

Less gritty, rough around the edges death metal, more refined, progressive-infused death and thrash, on a quite a balanced level. Definitely not the same.
!J.O.O.E.! - 01.03.2014 at 13:15  
Rating: 8
Written by Sceptyk on 01.03.2014 at 06:32

I noticed my terrible but funny mistake only after Joe quoted me. Well I edited my comment, I apparently don't like grammar mistakes as much as re-reading before posting, as crazy as it sounds

It's because you're such a giving, sharing person and want to share the Red Sky my mistake of copying your mistake is worse though... should have picked up in it.
Sceptyk - 01.03.2014 at 16:46  
 
Quote:
Less gritty, rough around the edges death metal, more refined, progressive-infused death and thrash, on a quite a balanced level. Definitely not the same.


Yes, it's definitely not similar to "The Red in the Sky is OURS" (:D), the feeling I had was just a first impression. The atmosphere is completely different, and the production and songwriting are, like Joe said, more refined. Even the genres and influences don''t entirely match, the At the Gates one is a death metal album with a lot of melody, while the Sweven's album seems, from my first impression, something more on the progressive side, with death, thrash and psychedelic influences.
Demerzel - 02.03.2014 at 18:18  
Rating: 7 This album's got a bunch of really great ideas, I just don't think they've been put together well enough as they should've. It just gets plainly boring at times. I can't get enough of that last song though, it's really brilliant.
Rulatore - 02.03.2014 at 21:08  
 
Written by Sceptyk on 01.03.2014 at 16:46

Quote:
Less gritty, rough around the edges death metal, more refined, progressive-infused death and thrash, on a quite a balanced level. Definitely not the same.


Yes, it's definitely not similar to "The Red in the Sky is OURS" (:D), the feeling I had was just a first impression. The atmosphere is completely different, and the production and songwriting are, like Joe said, more refined. Even the genres and influences don''t entirely match, the At the Gates one is a death metal album with a lot of melody, while the Sweven's album seems, from my first impression, something more on the progressive side, with death, thrash and psychedelic influences.

He wasn't comparing the album with At the gates, he was comparing with their debut

Although is different, I found it boring too.
Sceptyk - 03.03.2014 at 00:19  
 
Quote:
He wasn't comparing the album with At the gates, he was comparing with their debut

Although is different, I found it boring too.


Oh, you're right. I guess I'm dumb
deadone - 03.03.2014 at 01:39  
Rating: 5 Heard a single track of Youtube and am impressed. Need to check out more of the album.

Bits of it reminded me of Morgoth or wierder Pestillence moments.
DyingWorld - 04.03.2014 at 04:15  
  Along with Tribulation's new one, it's good to see some innovation in death metal these days. While I'm not a fan of a lot of modern sounding death metal, I felt that the resurgence of old school death metal had ran it's course a few years ago. I hope to get this album soon enough!
Poirot - 05.03.2014 at 19:56  
Rating: 8 I'm really enjoying this album, I might need more listens to give a definitive vote, but this is some really great progressive death.

EDIT : I'm downgrading to an 8, there are truly excellent parts, but also boring parts. Some songs are longer than they should be, especially "Towards a Dark Sky".
"Terminus" and "Perennial Link" are excellent songs though.
Unhealer - 08.03.2014 at 02:00  
Rating: 8 Some real riff worship going on here. I like how the oldschool death metal production goes with the modern sound of the band.
deadone - 12.03.2014 at 02:59  
Rating: 5 This is such an intriguing album.

Dunno if I like it or not. Some bits are awesome and others are a bit overdrawn.

One thing I do love about it is that it sounds like it was released in the early-mid 1990s. It'd really sit well next to Tiamat or Morgoth of that era.

And some bits remind me of "Leviathan" era Mastodon...


EDIT So want to like this but it's not working for me...lots of it just gets too bogged down in meandering soft bits without enough DM for my liking.
Lord_Agony - 21.03.2014 at 21:00  
Rating: 10 Really unique, awsome riffing
lyrically amazing
luv it
The Galactican - 27.03.2014 at 09:12  
Rating: 9 I feel like these guys really have their own sound, even with it being an amalgamation of various identifiable styles. Great, great stuff.
Ag Fox - 28.03.2014 at 19:37  
Rating: 7 I like the cover. The comments here are encouraging too. I'll have to check this out
Uldreth - 02.04.2014 at 22:05  
Rating: 10
Written by Ag Fox on 28.03.2014 at 19:37

I like the cover. The comments here are encouraging too. I'll have to check this out

Same, at least if it is anything like The Red In Thy Sky Is Ours, I'd dig this.
Ozman - 02.04.2014 at 22:19  
Rating: 9
Written by Uldreth on 02.04.2014 at 22:05


Same, at least if it is anything like The Red In Thy Sky Is Ours, I'd dig this.


It's totally nothing like At The Gates ever did.
Uldreth - 02.04.2014 at 22:30  
Rating: 10
Written by Ozman on 02.04.2014 at 22:19

Written by Uldreth on 02.04.2014 at 22:05


Same, at least if it is anything like The Red In Thy Sky Is Ours, I'd dig this.


It's totally nothing like At The Gates ever did.

I haven't listened to this yet, just some comment above said that this (or at least one song) reminded him of TRITSIO.
deadone - 03.04.2014 at 01:15  
Rating: 5 I don't hear any ATG in here either.


Bits reminded me of Morgoth circa Odium but that's it.
!J.O.O.E.! - 03.04.2014 at 01:25  
Rating: 8 Even Tomas Lindberg thinks there's some AtG in Morbus Chron (probably why he chose them to open for them on their upcoming tour). I happen to agree. It's only a little, but it's definitely there.
snake? snaaaake! - 16.04.2014 at 14:44  
  Http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/forum/showthread.php?t=891321

How cute xd
Erik M. - 29.04.2014 at 15:26  
Rating: 8 Great album. This is a real grower as I like it more with every spin. The variety they put in this record is pretty impressive.
Uldreth - 05.05.2014 at 15:44  
Rating: 10 This is quickly becoming one of my favourite albums of any genre.

And yes after listening to this nonstop for the last month, I definitely hear early AtG in this. Not in very obvious ways but the songwriting is very similiar.
Oh god, why are dm albums like this so rare.
Rulatore - 03.08.2014 at 20:21  
  To me, this sounds like Hail Spirit Noir, but without the keys. That being said, I was bored to death at the end of it.

Not my cup of tea.
mz - 03.08.2014 at 21:49  
Rating: 8
Written by Rulatore on 03.08.2014 at 20:21

To me, this sounds like Hail Spirit Noir, but without the keys.


I couldn't have imagine anyone saying that.
Troy Killjoy - 03.08.2014 at 23:27  
  Not sure I feel the HSN vibe myself to be honest. Granted, I spent much less time with Oi Magoi than this but I still don't think the two have much in common.
Warman - 23.09.2014 at 18:11  
Rating: 9 This is pretty damn awesome.
MetalDoomMaster - 14.10.2014 at 02:52  
Rating: 8 It just took me 8 months to realize how good this is
Mr. Doctor - 14.10.2014 at 15:00  
  It just took me 8 months to realize their name comes from a quite shitty disease. I feel awful because I should have recognize it way earlier since it's a bit relevant to my studies. It sounds cool but their music feels like it needs a less cliche band name but that's just me. Everything is cliche anyways.
Maco - 25.10.2014 at 21:39  
Rating: 7 Decent stuff, but nothing more.

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