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Album Review

With a blend of the epic and the apocalyptic, Morne continue to refine their atmospheric sludge on their second album, Asylum. While it would normally be easy just to look at a more highly evolved brand of sludge and lump it into the nebulous post-metal hopper, Morne's approach makes an easy generalization like that more difficult. By keeping the muddy, shuddering guitars and ominous tempos of the genre intact while adding new melodic elements like passages of clean guitars, violins, piano, and spacy synthesizers, Morne have crafted a sound that combines airy ambience and foreboding heaviness into a sound that highlights both elements without diminishing either. This kind of careful change makes Asylum less of an evolution of the style and more of a renovation, keeping what worked about the old sound while improving upon the form in a way that makes you wonder why it wasn't always like this to begin with. Changes like this make Asylum an album that can be enjoyed at a few different levels. On the surface, it's easy to fall into the skuzzy, gloomy depths of the glacial guitar work, but with a deeper listen, a more textural album begins to present itself, and while the former will draw people in, it's the latter that'll make them stay for the long haul.

Customer Reviews

good stuff

very nice

Very cool..

Profound lore delivers yet again. Another great band for our ears to savor.. Keep them coming..

Amazing Release

If you're a fan of sludge & melodic doom than this album is a must listen. After checking it out on a whim it has been in heavy rotation.


Formed: 2005 in Boston, MA

Genre: Metal

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Known for mixing the murky heaviness of sludge metal with more experimental, atmospheric elements, Boston, Massachusetts' Morne began as the brainchild of Milosz Gassan in 2005. Initially started as a solo project, Gassan eventually expanded the lineup to include bassist Max Furst and drummer Kevin Adams, who joined the band just before the recording of its first demo. With a lineup established, the band's sound began to evolve from its demo, and the following year Jeff Hayward (of the doom/sludge...
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