Saturday, January 27, 2007

Checkout Counter - Morionor

Hailing from Atlanta Georgia, Morionor is a symphonic black metal band taking their most significant influence from Children Of Bodom and in general a lot of Finnish metal. The drums are especially loose at times (especially the bass drum) and the overall sound is highly derivative of Children Of Bodom. If Morionor was signed to a record label, perhaps some production (and a lot of practice) would help remedy the situation. Of course adding a lot more to the creative procress might help get them signed and gain interest.

Currently I’ve been seeing an uprising in symphonic black metal and a variant on symphonic black metal as metalcore from the US. With all these types of bands stirring in the underground there’s probably going to come a band to rise above the also rans of Dimmu Borgir/Cradle Of Filth clones.

As far as the race in raw US black metal vs. symphonic US black metal goes, raw black metal is winning. Many raw US black metal bands have gotten signed and have received underground support and it’s getting to the point where some of them are evolving past traditional black metal standards (Nachtmystium comes to mind). So while certain symphonic black metal bands are popular above the rest of black metal it is actually those people willing to play something more underground and become more creative who are gaining progress for their bands.

Morionor At MySpace


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