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Released: 2011, Indie
In 2011 the Canadian Academy Of Recording Arts And Sciences (CARAS) made an announcement of interest to the Canadian Metal community. Namely they announced that after a 17-year hiatus, Canada’s national music recognition program (aka the Juno Awards) would be rejoining the rest of the civilized world and re-establishing the Metal Category for the 2011. By the time this review goes to publication, it is possible they will have announced the final nominees for the category, with the winner to be presented the award at the end of April, 2012. In the spirit of supporting underground Canadian Metal I’ve decided to do a spotlight on some Canadian acts. I feel these are some excellent Metal records from across Canada. The other artists in this spotlight are Anonymus Demisery, Final Darkness, Gales Of Avalon, Magnetic, Nephelium and Villianizer. Feel free to read the reviews of these albums.
DISTANCE is the debut album from this quintet from Quebec. They have been around ten years but as we all know for a band in the underground, time and money are the enemy and so they have only managed to put out one EP in that time.
Morningless play a style of Melodic Death that is quite contemporary and popular these days. Everything is quite noisy and busy and has that head banging groove then the fast part, then the groove part. The band sprinkle in a few synthesizer/industrial sounds here and there but for the most part it's played pretty straight, save for a hint of acoustic guitar.
The drummer does really nice work with his fills and cymbal work and keeps everything moving at a good clip. The vocals are decent but all too often drop into that annoying (to me anyway) Anselmo-style yell which I've never been a big fan of. The most interesting part of the album comes late in the game with the three-part 'Cinematic' suite, but it's too little too late, the rest of the album suffers from a certain sameness, or perhaps a distinction in composition and arrangement.
DISTANCE is not bad by any measure and I almost feel poorly giving it a 2.5 out of 5 but statistically, not every album can be great or even above average, and for me Morningless first attempt was average. With some more time and experience I'm sure they could be a force to be reckoned with.
1. Dance with the Legless
2. Smiling the Hatred
4. Take My Hand
5. Shades of Cruelty
7. Cinematic - Proximity
8. Cinematic - Removal
9. Cinematic - Stranger
Kevin Fortin-Guitars, bass
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