Rating:
7.5
The Morningside - TreeLogia (The Album As It Is Not) [EP]
12 August 2011


01. The Trees Part One (Return)
02. The Trees Part Two (Burned)
03. The Trees Part Three - TreeLogia (Going Away)


The Morningside seem to be the Wolves In The Throne Room of melodic death/doom metal. TreeLogia (The Album As It Is Not) sees three nature-themed/influenced songs total in at over 45 minutes, including a four minute somber intro coupled with the sounds of rainfall before a melodic, melancholic guitar line introduces the music proper. The album is one prolonged piece divvied up into three songs, conveniently titled "The Trees Part One", "The Trees Part Two", and, you probably guessed it, "The Trees Part Three: TreeLogia".

TreeLogia (The Album I As I See It And Will Describe Whilst Practicing Alliteration) marries mostly melancholic moods against majestic melodies.

The prolonged songs go through different phases as they plod along. The tracks are pretty much driven by slightly sorrowful melodic guitar leads, which are oft accompanied by subdued symphonic support and nature noises. At times they all coalesce and swell into majestic crescendos (well, as much as largely sparse, slow-paced, and sad music can crescendo), and at other points it all just drops away leaving just the stark, naked guitar line to carry the song. The growled/rasped/deathified vocals are perhaps the only particularly edgy aspect of the album.

The three songs are, as labeled, pretty much just one prolonged piece separated out into three tracks. It could just as easily be six or seven with all the various build ups and sonic recessions to near silence in the longer pieces. The nature of the songs makes them a bit ethereal. When reflecting on the album, I don't really recall songs or even segments of songs, but rather just the general mood that the pieces inspired. But I guess with this sort of music, the ability to convey a mood is perhaps more important than imprinting a cool riff.

All in all I found this an enjoyable, if not memorable listen and is definitely worth checking out if you like the concept of nature-fueled melodic death-doom.

Performance: 8
Songwriting: 7
Originality: 7
Production: 8


 



Written on 15.11.2011 by
BitterCOld
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Troy Killjoy - 15.11.2011 at 09:26  
Oh god I want to listen to this. I totally forgot about the fact you were going to release it and figured it was going to be pushed to 2012.

PS "[i]TreeLogia..." You forgot a closing [ /i ] bracket.
Cynic Metalhead - 15.11.2011 at 11:59  
A very nice review Bitter!! Indeed Its an insane awesome work from them...!
Merchant of Doom - 15.11.2011 at 18:10  
I would give this a 8.5...
Bigpaul - 15.11.2011 at 21:40  
It's basically an expansion of the idea in the song "The Trees" off their first album which is a really good track. For me they dragged out the atmospherics a little too long on this, their ideas are more concise on their 2 full lengths but I suppose thats bound to happen when you are expanding the idea of the original 10 min track to 45 mins or so. The band consider this an EP, albeit a pretty long one!:) their 2 full lengths are very good, the melodic lead guitar lines remind me of early Paradise Lost.
Chobo_jokeR - 16.11.2011 at 05:56  
Referring to them as the "melodic death / doom version of WITTR" instantly caught my eye. Excellent comparison. Good review. Thanks for the find.
Susan - 07.01.2012 at 05:26  
"at times they all coalesce and swell into majestic crescendos (well, as much as largely sparse, slow-paced, and sad music can crescendo), and at other points it all just drops away leaving just the stark, naked guitar line to carry the song."

Ah, precisely what I loved about this one. Another beauty from 2011.
neonxaos - 26.02.2012 at 17:37  
I can really drift away to this one. Headphone music for the cold!

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