Morgion - Cloaked by Ages, Crowned in Earth (Dark Symphonies) - Back
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......

Rating: 95

Reviewed By: Thomas Mitchell