How much time should you spend listening to an album before you review it? Deadlines are virtually sacred, a good and honest review even more. Having Morgion’s Relapse collection some time in my possession, I had to request the editor if this review could be postponed to a later date than planned. I just couldn’t figure out what to think of this collection and Morgion’s music.
The Relapse Collection is a double CD and contains the Solinari and Among Majestic Ruin albums. It basically compiles all of Morgion’s Relapse recordings, including 7 unreleased studio, demo and rehearsal tracks. It makes the collection quite daunting to listen to. This now-defunct doom metal band makes use of traditional characteristics such as sluggish acoustic guitar passages and whispered vocals. Intertwined with a few slightly faster sections with thick guitar distortion and thunderous growls it is quite what you would expect from doom metal. And not to mention the length of the songs , which is often close to 10 minutes.
The production is magnificent on the album tracks, the extra tracks are not so blessed with a crystal clear sound. Some reviewers compare this not only to Black Sabbath, but also to Rush. Which surprises me, because they sound nothing like them. The only thing they have in common with the Canadian supertrio is that the lyrics are mainly written by the drummer.
The first two albums were difficult, if not impossible to obtain in these parts. California's Morgion doesn’t probably ring a bell to many people, fans of sullen and sombre metal will be thrilled with this release.