THE MORNINGSIDE
Doom Metal • Russia

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The Morningside are a dark-metal band from Moscow, Russia. The band was formed in 2003 by Ilya Yegorychev and Igor Nikitin. In 2006 the band released their first album “The Wind, The Trees And The Shadows Of The Past”. And in 2009, the band released their second full length album entitled "The Moving Crosscurrent of Time".

The music of The Morningside can be described as Dark metal with doom/death elements, each musician giving their own unique input to create a characteristic sound. The Morningside are known for developing a dark vision of the Russian autumn into their music. Melancholic guitar plunks and atmospheric ambient, combined with desperate grim-voice and forlorn clean vocals definitely won’t leave you untouched.
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.. Album Cover 3.73 | 5 ratings
The Wind, The Trees And The Shadows Of The Past
Doom Metal 2007
.. Album Cover 4.00 | 2 ratings
Moving Crosscurrent Of Time
Doom Metal 2009
.. Album Cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
TreeLogia (The Album As It Is Not)
Doom Metal 2011

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THE MORNINGSIDE The Wind, The Trees And The Shadows Of The Past

Album · 2007 · Doom Metal
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Prog metal is a world filled with so many bands trying to be Dream Theater or Pain of Salvation, and failing because of it. When a prog metal band makes a debut nowadays it's rarely original. The Morningside does not fall into this category, and their debut The Wind, The Trees, and The Shadows of The Past is a very strong debut from a band that I think can do better in the future.

The type of music played here can be described as post-metal. What I hear when I listen to this is some similarities to early Opeth's melodic death metal style, some very silent and relaxing moments found in the post-rock greats, and of course a lot of post metal similar to Isis, Pelican, and Agalloch. The result, while nothing groundbreaking, is much better than cloning another band.

The music here is very melodic. There are no blast beats, no shredding, and nothing really fast. This is mostly mid-tempo. It can be very energetic and very relaxing at times. There are some nice melodies and musically this album is very good.

The only main issue that I have with this album is the horrendous vocals. I love growls when they're done correctly, but this is a hellish high-pitched scream that doesn't work with the melodic and beautiful music. I wouldn't have minded a deeper growl, but the vocals can get annoying. The clean vocals aren't much better, and to be honest this entire album is not good vocally.

However, the music is really good. It's still not completely flawless, but this is everything a post-metal album should be. It's energetic, relaxing, and it has beautiful and sometimes dark melodies.

THE MUSIC:

"Intro"- The sound of wind opens up the album. Some creepy-sounding effects follow.

"The Wind"- After the short intro, the second song opens up with a melodic metal riff. It progresses well between riffs, and it is a very solid opening. An energetic riff enters, and then the horrid vocals come in. Keep in mind, I love harsh vocals, but these really are poorly done. Musically, this song is excellent though. This contains some of the best post metal riffs I've heard. It contains a very post-rock influenced section near the end that I think is just excellent. I think this song would have fared better as an instrumental.

"The Trees"- The sound of rain opens up the third track on the album. This has more melodic riffs and melodies, and it progresses into the vocal section. Followed by an atmospheric post-rock section until suddenly electric guitars come in and play the same riff. I really enjoy this song as well.

"The Shadows of the Past"- This is the longest song on the album, and it opens up with a light acoustic melody. It builds well when the drums come in. This features clean vocals, and they really are not good in my opinion. I think this would have been better as an instrumental, or even with a different vocalist. Anyway, musically this song is really good as always. The outro is very intriguing, using the same riff from the very beginning of the song.

"Outro"- This song is entirely instrumental, and is a post-rock song built off of one main riff. I think it builds very well, and it's a great way to close off the album.

Conclusion:

The Wind, The Trees, and The Shadows of The Past is a very good album that will definitely appeal to fans of the genre. I think this young band will produce some great albums in their future, and this album shows their potential as musicians. This isn't an essential album by any means, but if you're into post metal it's worth looking into. A 3.5 star rating is deserved.

THE MORNINGSIDE Moving Crosscurrent Of Time

Album · 2009 · Doom Metal
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I awaited the release of this album with great nervousness after the impact that The Morningside's debut album had upon me, and my listening habits. The Moving Crosscurrent of Time is the second full length album from Russian death/doom band The Morningside.

The album on the whole feels more succinct and compact than the first album. As such, it feels less sprawling and more focused, which is nice. The signature post-metallish doom riffs and thumping bass are as prominent here as before, but there is also an increased focus on lead guitar work and better polished vocals all round. The tracks that really captured my attention were 'Autumn People' and the brilliant 'Moving Crosscurrent of Time. The latter features some amazing guitar work, brutally pleasant growled vocals and a sombre atmosphere. Whereas the first album felt more a kin to nature inspired doom, Moving Crosscurrent of Time delves deeper into introspective thought. The result is a more contemplative album, a snappier, shorter format and greater emphasis on compositional technicality, as opposed to sheer power and atmosphere. The vocals have improved too, now more polished and accessible, they still maintain a distinct shriek, but now may be more palatable to casual fans.

This is not to say that the album lacks power, but the towering post metal riffs that made the debut so epic have been replaced with punchier and more detailed riffing. Having said this, several tracks feel a bit derivative. This is a minor gripe and does not dent the power of the album. The semi-acoustic touches are nice and very Agallochian, while the drumming remains crisp and unobtrusive. In short, The Morningside have produced another wonderful album here, full of doom, atmosphere and power. The progressive elements that made them so interesting on the first album are still there, but they have morphed into a slightly more succinct style.

A good addition to any Prog Metal collection, especially recommended to fans of Agalloch, Katatonia and other progressive doom/death bands.

THE MORNINGSIDE The Wind, The Trees And The Shadows Of The Past

Album · 2007 · Doom Metal
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Having heard samples of the The Morningside's tracks on Last.fm, I immediately became enthralled in the beauty of their music. The Wind, The Trees and The Shadows of The Past is essentially a nature inspired, Doom Metal album that fuses many different styles to create a unique sound that is truly wonderful.

Once the sound of nature fades away, we are left with a crushing mid-tempo rhythm section, that whilst devoid of progressive trickery and mastery, is well constructed and perfectly suited to the nature and folky atmosphere the album creates. I can have no real complaints about the music itself, nor the production, which for a relatively unknown Russian band seems more than acceptable to my amateur ears. The real highlight is the way that the music simply flows without being confined to a standard verse-chorus-verse structure, mixing doomy riffs, acoustic folk passages and ambient nature samples. My only real concern starts and ends with the vocals. Now, I am a late convert to growled vocals, I still consider them to be inferior to clean vocals, and in this case, the vocals are pretty average. They appear to be overly forced, and do not suit the timbre of the music. If anything, the small section of clean vocals suits the music much better, but still appear to be underdone and amateurish. This does detract from the overall impact of the nature inspired lyrical content, but does not ruin the instrumental development of the album as they are not the focus of each movement.

In conclusion, fans of Doom metal, Folk metal and those bands like Opeth, Agalloch and Isis would enjoy the The Morningside's debut album. It is well crafted and spiritually powerful, and despite the average vocals, the lengthy instrumental and ambient sections are more than worthy of a 4 star rating.

So go and check out their Last.Fm page for a free track!

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Awesome band, great sound, great atmosphere, a real hidden gem.

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