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THE MORNINGSIDE

Experimental/Post Metal • Russia


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THE MORNINGSIDE has begun as a studio project few years ago, started by Igor Nikitin (vocals, guitar) and Ilya Yergorychev (bass). Beginning with thrash/death-metal, they later switched to atmospheric Doom in best traditions of early KATATONIA and OPETH. After recording a demo with new members as the full band THE MORNINGSIDE were signed to BadMoodMan, sub-division of legendary Russian Doom-Metal SOLITUDE PRODUCTION label. Their music has matured since that time, and their debut album released this summer shows their best qualities: searing extremal vocals, excellent guitar work (with influences ranging from THE CURE to IRON MAIDEN!) and powerful rhythm-section. THE MORNINGSIDE sounds very heavy yet atmospheric, reminding me of OPETH, AGALLOCH and some Post-Metal like PELICAN or NEUROSIS. Besides they have their album for free download on their website.
(Thanks to Igor (Prog-Jester) for the artist's information and bio)

Current Line-Up:

Boris Sergeev - drums
Ilya Yegorychev - bass
Sergey Chelyadinov - guitars
Igor Nikitin - guitars, vocals




Why this artist must be listed in www.progarchives.com :
With elements from a lot of different influences, THE MORNINGSIDE deserves to be included in PA as a great doom-post atmospheric metal band that showcases the progressive spirit that we look for in any artist's music.



Discography:
The Wind, The Trees And The Shadows Of The Past, studio album (2007)

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3.56 | 29 ratings
The Wind, The Trees and The Shadows of The Past
2007
4.04 | 8 ratings
Moving Crosscurrent Of Time
2009
4.50 | 6 ratings
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2011

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 The Wind, The Trees and The Shadows of The Past by MORNINGSIDE, THE album cover Studio Album, 2007
3.56 | 29 ratings

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The Wind, The Trees and The Shadows of The Past
The Morningside Experimental/Post Metal

Review by Aspiring hope

4 stars The Morningside are a relatively new band around for yet another bite at the experimental/post sub-genre. What one expects are the trademark walls of sound, guitar layers and drone, hypnotic rhythms to be found in this style. What The Morningside gives us in their debut album is no less than these features, yet they still present an eerie uniqueness to their sound. The guitar tones are quite distinct and able to mark the ensemble's personal touch on the guitar work approach. Crunching and brutal chords intertwine quite well under the driving lush riffs from the lead guitar. The vocals consist of coarse growling, and they're not in any form technically above the average extent,but are well placed whithin the coiled mix of elements that define the whole of the sound. Although rhythmic contribution is in this genre lacking in agile displays, some artful details are wrought from the bass performance, bringing about an easy listen.

And this was the description for two of the major tracks in this album, The Wind and The Trees. Then enters The Shadows of The Past and all the growling, the dissonant aggression and the rugged texture are thrown out the window, giving way to a smooth, clean, accoustic-sounding ending piece. Morose, but beautiful, The Shadows of The Past captures quite well the cloudy ambience that remains after the anger dissipates and all that's left is but a gentle, yet painful melancholic feel.

Although, technically speaking, the theoretical approach to The Wind, The Trees and The Shadows of The Past might unearth no broken boundaries or creative revolutions of the genre, there is much emotion and craft that feels naturally right and well set into motion, providing even as much as an epic and inspiring mood from the more aggressive numbers and an unnerving atmosphere from the more gentle passages.

Yet another undisclosed gem from Russia.

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 Moving Crosscurrent Of Time by MORNINGSIDE, THE album cover Studio Album, 2009
4.04 | 8 ratings

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Moving Crosscurrent Of Time
The Morningside Experimental/Post Metal

Review by Any Colour You Like
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4 stars 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.

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 The Wind, The Trees and The Shadows of The Past by MORNINGSIDE, THE album cover Studio Album, 2007
3.56 | 29 ratings

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The Morningside Experimental/Post Metal

Review by Any Colour You Like
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4 stars 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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 The Wind, The Trees and The Shadows of The Past by MORNINGSIDE, THE album cover Studio Album, 2007
3.56 | 29 ratings

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The Morningside Experimental/Post Metal

Review by J-Man
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3 stars Here's a band I'm keeping my eye on...

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. I'm torn between giving this very good album a 3 or a 4. Since this album is their debut, I'll give it a 3 just because I think they will do much better in the future, and this album is good, but completely unessential. I think in the years to come, The Morningside will have an essential album.

3 stars.

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 The Wind, The Trees and The Shadows of The Past by MORNINGSIDE, THE album cover Studio Album, 2007
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The Wind, The Trees and The Shadows of The Past
The Morningside Experimental/Post Metal

Review by Equality 7-2521

4 stars If you're a fan of Agalloch I strongly encourage you to invest in album, if you can classify a free album as an investment that is. This should appeal especially to those who enjoyed Agalloch's Ashes Against The Grain or anyone who shares an appreciation for a refreshing mixtures of folky prog-metal and post-rock.

In their heavy moments they greatly resemble Agalloch with a more exciting and impressive rhythm section. The lead guitar work especially reminds me of Ashes Against The Grain. In the softer folksier moments they tend to remind me of Opeth's acoustic interludes. Vocally, again I invoke the name of Agalloch as the singing sounds like a wonderful mix of Agalloch and Children Of Bodom. Those unwaveringly opposed to growling vocals will find little consolation here, but it should be said that I could not imagine the album being sung any other way. To say they fit the mood would be an understatement. The Morningside achieve an amazing symbiotic relationship between the vocals and the music.

Much like Agalloch also the album has a very woodsy, outdoor feel. Although aided by the inclusion of environmental sounds such as howling wind and rainstorms into the music, this is not where I gather this observation. An overgrown wooden environment clearly develops in your head while listening to this album. They say not to judge a book by its cover, but here that cliché certainly does not apply. In fact, taking a look at the album art will speak much more about the album than I can. Glance at the cover art, that's what the album sounds like.

I've mention Agalloch far too many times in this review. It serves as a splendid method of comparison but I don't want to overplay the similarities. They do certainly exist, but The Morningside certainly forge their own sound. The Wind, The Tree, and The Shadows of The Past really impressed me, especially as a debut from an unknown artist. There are very few flaws here. This is one of the best of 2007. Pick it up; it's free.

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The Morningside Experimental/Post Metal

Review by Proletariat

2 stars This album has recieved a lot of praise on this site by many great reveiwers, but I cant for the life of me find why. This album is good enough, it has some quiet post rock parts and some more metal parts but nothing I would call home about. The growling on this album also dosn't appeal to me, and I usually love growling, but this guys tone is not really my thing, and I can't really tell you why. This one fails to take me anywhere, it just dosn't have that trancendent post-rock quality you find me rambling on to describe on many of my other reviews. For me though my largest problem is that this sounds too much like Agalloch.

Intro: pretty much just wind noises

The Wind: Sounds like Agalloch, except that the drums sound clicky to me and detract from the atmosphere. Also there is some quieter folksy sounding post-rock bits, also in an Agalloch style. I also don't here much in the way of build ups here or minimalism, just guitar riffage and folksy bits.

The Trees: Really long ambient intro and then a guitar tone that sounds strangly familiar, It sounds strangly similar to the one Agalloch used on "Limbs" Honestly this song would fit great on "Ashes Against the Grain" The song redeams itself a bit with a nice acoustic interlude. Sadly however the song is back again with clickyer drums than ever driving me nuts. Good, not great.

The Shadows of the Past: The best most origional song on the disc, the only one that I find myself wanting to listen too, and I really really like it, I hope they go this route on their next release. The thick accent and lyrics that seem to have been put through a translator only make the song sound more real and pure, but sadly the band feels the need to go back into its safe place and play more Agalloch sound.

Overall this is an ok listen, but it is certainly not essential, and too derivative, however the band shows promise and hey it was free, so thats good. Reccomended for those who can't get enough post-metal, those who want more Agalloch and for those who simply could do with some good free listening. over all two stars: collectors/fans only

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 The Wind, The Trees and The Shadows of The Past by MORNINGSIDE, THE album cover Studio Album, 2007
3.56 | 29 ratings

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The Morningside Experimental/Post Metal

Review by clarke2001
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1 stars Here's an album containing 40 minutes of wall of sounds, with no writings on it, without being painted in an attractive colour...even without the purpose.

It is balanced. It is concrete. And almost nothing else.

When I say it is balanced, I mean it's perfectly balanced: it's a perfect ratio between post rock and metal. And nothing else. It's certainly not taking the best from the both worlds, it's just combining templates; a cold example, and a shallow one at that. There's not a single moment on the album where I can attach my heart to; there's no emotion except for the great gray fist of Boredom.

Why is that so?

Well, it's simply a matter of taste I guess. I just doesn't work for me. Post rock moments here doesn't sound very convincing, they were played thousands of times before, with much more energy. The metal riffs used here are forgettable, as they were forgettable 20 years ago, because they were derived and derived. It sound like these guys are trying really hard to squeeze emotion from a template. Brutal, high-pitched vocals won't help; although I admire the skill (and I like tasteful amounts of that kind of vocals), it's just another desperate scream from a tiny human being trying to be different and forcing it. No, thank you. It will be forgotten in years to come. I don't need this. Life is full of sorrow anyway.

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Review by Dim
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4 stars WOW, The Morningside is bringing post metal out of the sludgy bad recording days, and I'm completely fine with that. When I saw the album was up for free download I did not hesitate to go for it! On first listen I was stunned to find how crisp and clean everything sounded, if it werent for the guitar melodies, it would be hard to call this band post. Everything is toned out, the drums are very busy, and the vocals are very gutteral. Very different from anything you will hear, this five song album would be a great begginers album to anyone who is looking to get into post metal, or at the same time mislead them to think that all post metal sounds like this. Be wary though, just because it's different, dosent mean it's not as brutal a any other metal album.

After the first thirty second song of just blowing wind, the intro, the next song explodes with power chords, double bass, and some very down to earth lead lines that are sure to knock you off your feet. So this little jam session goes on for about three minuetes, then the vocals come in, very throaty and raw, therefore making the intro very misleading to anyone who's not a fan of harsh vocals. Either way, the music is very emotional through every piece, whether it's the flying lead lines of the wind, the sheer brutality of the trees, or the softness of the beginning of the shadows of the past. The trees is easily the heaviest song, relying mostly on the vocals, and power chords, with very few light moment like on the trees. The shadows of the past starts soft, with clean vocals sung beautifully, then climaxes into a mixture of both of the songs before it, marrying crazy guitar moments, and awesome power.

The album will not disapoint, little to no bad moments in it. If you were to ask me, revolutionary is the word I would describe for this album, abslutely destroying the rules of post, but at the same time, completely under the umbrella of the genre.

Mmmmm... This is six months later, and maybe I was being a little overly generous, nw that I listen to these guys, I'm hearing a more abrasive late agalloch, which is by no means a bad thing, but the lack of originality will not get you a five star....

4 stars

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 The Wind, The Trees and The Shadows of The Past by MORNINGSIDE, THE album cover Studio Album, 2007
3.56 | 29 ratings

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The Wind, The Trees and The Shadows of The Past
The Morningside Experimental/Post Metal

Review by CaptainQuark

5 stars This album has been getting a LOT of airtime on my iTunes and iPod since I downloaded it. The English language just does not have enough superlatives to describe how good I think The Morningside's début album is!

I can hear a lot of influences in the background - all from some of my favourite doom and prog metal bands, such as Opeth and Katatonia. But the music never comes across as a rip-off of anyone else's work. They are just that - influences - and they all blend together into a unique sound that is at times driving and at others beautifully melancholy.

russelk is of the opinion that the songwriting could be better. I beg to differ. I think that all of the music is well written and well crafted, especially 'The Wind', which is perhaps the best track on the album. If anything lets this album down, it is Igor Nitkin's clean vocals on 'The Shadows of the Past', which are a little shaky.

Even so, this does not detract from an excellent album that takes you on a deep blue emotional journey through deep autumnal Russian forest - a must for any serious purveyor of doom!

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 The Wind, The Trees and The Shadows of The Past by MORNINGSIDE, THE album cover Studio Album, 2007
3.56 | 29 ratings

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The Wind, The Trees and The Shadows of The Past
The Morningside Experimental/Post Metal

Review by russellk
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4 stars What an excellent debut album from this Russian outfit.

I like a number of things about this album. First, it sits assertively near the boundary between progressive metal and post-rock, and while it is most definitely catalogued correctly, lovers of post-rock will find a great deal to enjoy here in the crunchy guitar and gentle, almost pastoral interludes. The album is reminiscent in places of AGALLOCH, ISIS, BEHOLD...THE ARCTOPUS and even CYNIC, albeit with balls with regard to the latter. I reserve special praise for the vocalist, whose full-throated screams, while not in the league of MICHAEL AKERFELDT's growls or JENS KIDMAN's vocals, still stir the blood and fit in perfectly with the music.

The Intro and Outro do exactly as advertised, and the middle three songs make up the meat of the album - and the three phrases of the title. 'The Wind' is pure, honest progressive metal, though with a post-rock feel; while enjoyable, it is by no means of OPETH quality. 'The Trees' begins in a space-rock fashion, emerging from a storm to deliver a genuine progressive metal classic, my favourite on this album. 'The Shadows Of The Past' veers nearer post-rock, relying more on colouring and atmosphere than frenetic rhythm, double-kick drumming and multi-layered guitars, and features' clean' vocals. Overall, the songwriting is the band's weakest point, with each song displaying competency without that spark of genius, but the sounds are refreshing and challenging enough to invite repeat listens.

The album is short, which is all to the good, allowing the listener easier access to this new band. Not only that, it can be downloaded for free. This fact leads me to upgrade a solid three stars to four: since it costs nothing, it will make an excellent addition to your progressive rock collection. Moreover, 'The Wind, The Trees and The Shadows of The Past' offers a great place to start exploring the grey boundary between genres.

Go get it. It's only a website away.

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