Canadian atmospheric black metallers Moradin from Calgary are back with a beautiful 3-track EP, entitled “Awakening“. They were formed in 2006 and this is their third release so far, after the demo “Heart of the Forest” in 2009 and the full-length album “Ancient Stone & Mystic Woods” in 2011. “Awakening” was initially released in the end of 2012 as a digital download, but on June 2013 it was also printed in a very limited CD-r edition.
Moradin had many musical changes between their two first works and this new EP seems to redirect their sound once more. From the epic raw melodic black metal of the demo, to the atmospheric black metal of the full-length, the band is now experimenting with post black metal soundscapes. “Awakening” includes only 3 songs and lasts almost for 20 minutes, but the differences in their music are more than obvious. Their melodic synths are now totally gone, leaving much more space for the guitars. Their music is still quite melodic and atmospheric, but with different “type” of melody. The epic melancholic, almost symphonic mood of their previous work has given its place to a more esoteric sorrowful atmosphere, balancing between melodic black metal and post metal. Acoustic and distorted guitars of a quite technical nature have the basic melodic role in their compositions, accompanied by great drums. They use mostly black metal screams, while their amazing epic clean male vocals are now absent. Their lyrical concept deals with spirituality, seen through a prism of nature-related themes. In their own words: “every aspect of Nature reveals a deep mystery and touches our sense of wonder and awe“.
“Awakening” is a very good EP, with great sound and production recommended to all atmospheric post black metal fans. Moradin are now finishing the work of their upcoming full-length, so we will soon get a more complete taste of their new sound, unless of course they change their music style again! “Awakening” CD-r is self-released in a cardboard sleeve case, limited to 30 hand-numbered copies. It comes with a 4-page booklet designed by Jordan Bassi, including photos by Cassandra Lee Photography and Jordan Bassi. You can visit their official pages for more info and sound samples.