A wonderful atmospheric melodic black metal band comes from Calgary, Alberta in Canada. Moradin began in 2006 as a solo project of David Horrocks and have undergone several line-up changes and musical redirections. In 2009 the band released the EP “Heart of the Forest” playing epic, raw, yet melodic black metal. In 2011 they self-released their debut full-length album “Ancient Stone & Mystic Woods“, going to a more atmospheric black metal approach, while they recently released the online (so far) EP “Awakening“, where they experimented with post black metal sounds.
“Ancient Stone & Mystic Woods” is a very melodic work and I write it as a compliment for the album. There are many works nowadays overloaded with synths and easy catchy melodies, just to sound “melodic”. Well Moradin’s debut is NOT one of them. Their music is built upon a beautiful combination of distorted and acoustic guitars, enriched with melodic synths and amazing clean and black metal vocals. You might think there are many bands fitting in the above description, but what I like in Moradin is that they don’t need non-melodic parts in their compositions to make contrast with and highlight their melodies, since there is a unique musicality in every single note they play, something really rare! A sad melancholic, yet epic atmosphere is dominant throughout the 57 minutes of their wonderful compositions, which move mostly in minor scales. Their music is in mid-tempo rhythm, with only few faster parts, but their 8 songs remain very interesting and the album doesn’t tire or bore the listener at all. Their overall sound is closer to underground, but their production and sound are superb! All of their lyrics are in English, speaking about epic fantasy tales.
I believe this album is the best work of Moradin and I hope the band can make something that good in the future. I prefer this style compared to their next EP, but I like it when bands try to experiment in different genres, especially when they create such good works. “Ancient Stone & Mystic Woods” comes in a standard jewel case edition, with 8-page booklet, including all their lyrics and illustrated by the great Kogaion Art. You can listen to their wonderful music in their official profiles below, as well as in their bandcamp page.