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Morbus Chron


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4 stars "Sweven" is the 2nd full-length studio album by Swedish death metal act Morbus Chron. The album was released through Century Media Records in February 2014. Morbus Chron was formed in 2007 and released their debut full-length studio album "Sleepers in the Rift" in 2011. The "A Saunter Through the Shroud" EP followed in 2012 and bridges the gap between the debut album and "Sweven".

While Morbus Chron were hardly a traditional old school death metal act on "Sleepers in the Rift (2011)" nor on "A Saunter Through the Shroud (2012)", I donīt think many listeners would have expected the stylistic development which has taken place on "Sweven". Granted...Morbus Chronīs old school death metal core sound is still the basis of most tracks on "Sweven", but the band have added a lot of progressive and quite adventurous compositional ideas to that core sound, which result in something relatively unique sounding. While the two bands ultimately sound pretty different, there are still many similarities to the stylistic development their fellow countrymen in Tribulation have been through.

So "Sweven" features a sound which is quite hard to describe accurately, but progressive death metal is a start. The music also features atmospheric post-rock build-ups as well as the occasional nod towards atmospheric black metal (most dominant in "Towards a Dark Sky"). The vocals are a shouting growling type of vocals. There is a lot of reverb effect on the vocals, which at times makes them sound a bit chaotic. Personally I enjoy the vocals most when they leave the reverb effect alone, but thatīs probably an aquired taste. To my ears the vocals are one of the few weak links on the album. Considering that the vocals were a great asset on "A Saunter Through the Shroud (2012)", I think Morbus Chron have made a wrong production choice here.

Thankfully the instrumental part of the music is really strong. Structurally adventurous, progressive, and atmospheric extreme metal, which at times enterīs the weird zone and threatens to bend your mind. Itīs not an avant garde release though, and weīre still treated to fairly accessible music. Itīs just the kind of album which requires many spins to sink in. Itīs not a given where a song will go and there are many surprising twists and turns throughout the album.

Featuring high level musicianship and a well sounding dark and atmospheric production, "Sweven" is a high quality release by Morbus Chron and definitely one of the more interesting and original death metal releases of itīs time. So if you think the idea of old school death metal done in a progressive fashion sounds like a treat, "Sweven" is highly recommendable. A 4 star (80%) rating is deserved.

(Originally posted on Metal Music Archives)

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