Album 0309: Cormorant – Metazoa

Cormorant-Metazoa

Release Date: 2009
Genre: Progressive Death Metal

Tracklisting:

1. Scavenger’s Feast (06:50)
2. Uneasy Lies The Head (07:21)
3. Salt Of The Earth (07:30)
4. Blood On The Cornfields (06:38)
5. Hanging Gardens (11:16)
6. The Crossing (03:38)
7. Hole In The Sea (06:40)
8. The Emigrant’s Wake (09:58)
9. Sky Burial (06:15)
10. Voices Of The Mountain (03:10)

Total Length: 01:09:15

Scavenger’s Feast starts off really well, and the first thing I should point out is the production. I am not entirely fond of it. The whole album is dark, kind of focused on the low end but then that low end still isn’t very clear. It’s kind of what I would expect from like a death/doom album, but not this. Looking past that, this song has a lot of cool moments, even if those moments would work better with different production. I like the guitar work most of all on this song.

Uneasy Lies The Head is really cool as well, I especially love the last couple minutes when the gang vocals come in. Again it’s kind of uplifting but the overall timbre of the album betrays that. Salt Of The Earth is a very cool song that takes lots of turns. I like it quite a bit. Blood On The Cornfields has some cool stuff as well, but the song doesn’t entirely make sense to me. More of a jumble of cool ideas.

Hanging Gardens is a bigger song that gets some symphonic elements thrown into the pot as well. The song goes all over the place but does it fairly well, and it feels natural as it builds to a climax. The Crossing has some really cool riffs and then ends, being shorter than most of the tracks on here. Hole In The Sea starts off with some really awkward vocals. Sorry, harsh vocals like this just don’t work played almost entirely by itself. Once the rest of the song gets going though it is pretty cool and the song has a fantastic ending.

The Emigrant’s Wake features some really cool things. The first few minutes are a neat use of ambiance and progressive to lull you into the atmosphere. The song also has a rare use of clean vocals and the ending is simply amazing. Sky Burial is pretty strong as well. There is a spoken word section in it as well that doesn’t do a whole lot for me, but it’s not bad. Voices Of The Mountain is a fantastic ending after the bombast of the rest of the album. It’s a calm, acoustic-based piece that soothes you on your way out of the album. Despite some misgivings, the album is quite solid and there’s so much to like about it.

Final Rating: 8.5/10

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