||It's been quite a long string since the "Solinari"
album was released (1999), but in this case, patience does and always
will pay off. A solid and refreshing 8 track epic, Morgion
haven't lost the magic touch. Certainly... subtlety, atmosphere, and
melancholy are three of Morgions' greatest traits alongside their
obviously heavy doom-laden metal style. Most of the tracks are well
into the 7 minute range, if not over 10 minutes. The one thing I have
noticed a bit different with Morgion is their increased usage of clean
male harmonic vocals. This does not in any way corrupt the great magnitude
that is Morgion, rather it enhances and seduces the listener moreso
than the 2 previous releases. Two prime examples of the varied vocal
styles are "The Mourner's Oak", which is mostly clean vocals
and "A Slow Succumbing", which displays the classic deep-guttural
Morgion vocal growls. So, there are some new elements and much progression
since "Solinari" and "Among Majestic Ruin", but
these things are definitely not bad things. If classic doom metal
is what you expect, it is what you'll get and then-some. There are
no flaws present in "Cloaked by Ages, Crowned in Earth".
For fans of Anathema, Opeth, My Dying Bride, and Agalloch - amongst
which is a wide range of musical sorcery!!!! This one will be talked
about for a long time to come for anyone that is a doom metal lover......
Reviewed By: Thomas