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Based in Stolkholm, Sweden, MORBUS CHRON was founded in 2007 by Robert ANDERSSON (vocals/guitar), Edvin AFTONFALK (guitar) and Stefan JOHANSSON (drums). Influenced by their forefathers in the Swedish death metal scene, the band's early demos and releases captured a raw buzzsaw aggression combined with a tense atmosphere. Stefan left the band after recording an early demo with them and was replaced by Adam LINDMARK on drums, while Dag LANDIN joined on bass. After signing a contract with Pulverised Records due to the positive response of their ''Creepy Creeping Creeps'' EP, in August of 2011 the full length album ''Sleepers in the Rift'' was released. Produced by Nicke ANDERSSON (ex-ENTOMBED), the album was fast, relentless and a noteable homage to early gritty death metal.

The band signed to the higher profile Century Media label and released the EP ''A Saunter through the Shroud'' on July of 2012, showcasing a much more progressive style to their sound, incorperating aspects of progressive metal acts VOIVOD and ATHEIST to their style. February of 2014 saw the release of the full length album, ''Sweven'', which combines the death metal of their earlier fare with an abundance of haunting atmospheric passages and dreamy melodies that combine to form highly unusual but innovative music.

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3.88 | 5 ratings
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4.31 | 20 ratings

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 Sleepers In The Rift by MORBUS CHRON album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.88 | 5 ratings

Sleepers In The Rift
Morbus Chron Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by UMUR
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars "Sleepers in the Rift" is the debut full-length studio album by Swedish death metal act Morbus Chron. The album was released through Pulverised Records in August 2011. Morbus Chron hails from Stockholm and were formed in 2007. They released the "Splendour of Disease" demo in 2010 and the "Creepy Creeping Creeps" EP later that same year. "Sleepers in the Rift" was recorded and mixed in 5 days in November 2010 at Gutterview Recorders and produced by Morbus Chron and Nicke Andersson (Entombed, The Hellacopters).

The choice of one of the forefarthers of Swedish death metal as co-producer and the choice to record and mix "Sleepers in the Rift" in 5 days, have payed off big time for Morbus Chron, who has ended up with a pretty great product. The basis of the music is old school Swedish death metal with an authentic, raw, and organic sounding production, which brings exactly the right atmosphere to the music. While that all sounds tried and true, Morbus Chron still manages to put their own spin on the sound though, and "Sleepers in the Rift" is therefore slightly more interesting than your average old school Swedish death metal release. To some extent Morbus Chron have more in common with the darker and slightly more twisted Norwegian death metal style of the early 90s, and artists like early Cadaver and early Darkthrone, than they have with the contemporary Swedish scene. I hear a nod or two toward Autopsy too.

So they have that ekstra something, which is required to stand out on the scene, and the fact that the music is well performed (the growling vocals are performed in a shouting reverb laden style, which suits the music well), and as mentioned above, well produced too, arenīt exactly issues either. All things considered "Sleepers in the Rift" reeks class, and although there is still space for improvement in the songwriting department when it comes to catchiness and memorability, itīs still a very interesting album as it is. A 4 star (80%) rating is deserved.

(Originally posted on Metal Music Archives)

 Sweven by MORBUS CHRON album cover Studio Album, 2014
4.31 | 20 ratings

Morbus Chron Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by CassandraLeo

5 stars Morbus Chron's debut, Sleepers in the Rift, was solid but fairly by-the-numbers old school death metal worship (think the likes of Autopsy). For those who enjoy such material, it's certainly a great listen, but it's not the sort of thing that would get a band a listing on Prog Archives.

On the other hand, Sweven, their second album, is a radical left-turn the likes of which few listeners had probably expected of them. While there's still plenty of death metal here, there are significant portions of the record that do not actually qualify as metal at all, and even the segments that do qualify as metal manage to maintain the same otherworldly, dreamy atmosphere as the more subdued bits. Several songs are also instrumental, and even in the vocal songs, the band stretches out instrumentally at length.

The song lengths are also misleading: several pieces segue seamlessly into one another (the first three songs are an excellent example of this). The result is that the album feels more like a single long composition with a few brief gaps than a collection of ten songs.

The songwriting and performances are superb throughout; the lyrics, though mostly indecipherable, are different enough from the standard blood and gore fare of death metal to be worth a read. The production is excellent, with the instrumental clarity high and the instruments being mastered with plenty of room to breathe. A note must also be made about the packaging, which is simply gorgeous, especially on the vinyl edition, which comes with a gorgeous twelve-page, 12"x12" booklet that contains several beautiful full-size paintings. In an era in which record packaging is dying as an art form, it's nice to see a band keeping it going. There really isn't a weak point on this album for progressive death metal fans, and it stands as one of the best releases of the genre in 2014. Strongly recommended.

 Sweven by MORBUS CHRON album cover Studio Album, 2014
4.31 | 20 ratings

Morbus Chron Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by LearsFool
Collaborator Post/Math Rock Team

5 stars Slowly, quietly, but surely a guitar plays, over time rising in volume. Other instruments soon join, and when the drums join you know you're soon in for the crunch of metal. But for now they play as before. It takes awhile, but eventually this intro breaks into the expected progressive death metal, and demonic voices rise from the depths to welcome you. Things eventually calm back down, and then return to fury. This continues on to the fifteen minute mark. That would be an apt description of the first three, united tracks of Morbus Chron's second outing, "Berceuse", "Chains", and "Towards a Dark Sky", and also sums up the style of the rest of the record. To my ears this is strictly an improvement over the already excellent style of Edge of Sanity on their seminal "Crimson", likely part of the inspiration for these newly minted Swedes. A top album of 2014 for me, I recommend fans of prog death, especially those who find quiet interludes pleasing, check this wonderful record out.
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