MORGUL BLADE
Heavy Metal Wraiths
(No Remorse Records)
35:49min

At first, the sound of MORGUL BLADE seems to be hard to grasp: elements of Thrash and Heavy Metal are combined, varying from song to song. Whereas the singer’s raspy voice is more on the extreme side, the sound in general can be described with different labels such as “old school” or extreme, epic or fast. Listeners definitively have to play the album more than once to come to a conclusion on how to sort MORGUL BLADE’s music. The first three songs of the album are typical Heavy Metal material influenced by bands which had their heyday in the 1980s, a genre also hinted at by the band name: using a term from Tolkien’s “Lord Of The Rings”, one is reminded of ATTACKER. But the newcomers from Philadelphia have quite a few harder, edgier facets to offer than the veterans from New Jersey, as can be gathered from the next songs: ‘Frostwyrm Cavalry’ is more extreme than the first tracks, with the fast drumming at the beginning even venturing into the fields of early Black as well as blackened Thrash Metal (BATHORY and DESASTER, anyone?). The same also goes for ‘Spider God’ and ‘Razor Sharp’, two more dark, Thrash sounding pieces. On the other hand, MORGUL BLADE do not refrain from using keyboards in their songs, making the intro to ‘A Welcoming Hearth’ sounding a bit like a 1980s film soundtrack. Seemingly cheesy interludes aside, the band’s sound also has an epic side, impressively demonstrated in ‘Neither Cross Nor Crown’. This track reminds me of GRAND MAGUS, but without the doom bits. The album also finishes on that note with an instrumental outro. Thus, it can truly be stated that MORGUL BLADE pay homage to old and new heroes alike and create their own unique sound. Song recommendations have to come from the full spectrum of sound embraced by the band: the title track (standing for the “pure”, traditional songs on the record), ‘Frostwyrm Cavalry’ as a Thrash part and ‘Neither Cross Nor Crown’ as one of the epic titles. www.facebook.com/morgulbladehm, www.facebook.com/noremorserecordsgreece

Henning Pieper

Henning Pieper

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