Roundtable Reviews: Sepulchar Burden by Morguenstern

fucking kidding me rageface meme glare eyes 4chan lol angryArtist/Album: Morguenstern – Sepulchar Burden

Label:  GlobMetal

Release Date:  Sometime in the past

Songs:   13

Length:  About 45

Genre:  Gothic Camp Horror Industrial

Studio Albums:  Debut

Location:  Russia

WarpRider – I like their Rammstein style electronic/heavy mix.  The one thing that stood out as a distraction was the keyboards. It felt kooky (circus-like) to me and simply followed the music along without giving the songs any additional depth.  However, the heaviness is what resonated best with me and bears the weight of my rating. 2.5

Atleastimhousebroken- If there’s one kind of movie I love to watch, it’s those 10 cent campy as fuck horror films from the 80s.  I also like metal.  So when a band combines the two, call me intrigued.  On paper I should love Morguenstern, however upon listening I wasn’t engaged as I thought I would be.  A couple big reasons being that the female vocals came off as a droll version of my already Nightwish style of vocals and that there are a lot of what I guess are audio clips from films…. In Russian.  I have no problem with a different language in my music, but if the audio clips are there to build the atmosphere, especially to fans of the camp horror genre, not being able to recognize the clip in question is quite a jar.  I did however enjoy the campyness of the music, often in the keyboards (which do get beaten to death by the end of the record), and the twists into black/death metal on occasion.  I really can’t put a wholehearted recommendation into this one, but I can’t say it’s complete shit either.  Approach with caution and low expectations and you might enjoy it. 2.0

Irmelinis – They certainly have a unique sound, assuming a strange sense of humor (based on the feeling I get from the music) and after a couple of songs I find myself oddly intrigued. I appreciate that they sing in their own language, it’s beautiful. There’s a slight overuse of “horror-movie-organs” which is a bit annoying, and the zombie-like female vocals become boring to listen to after a while, but fortunately there’s a good amount of other interesting details and twists during the album to keep you entertained. This is cool, heavy music for special occasions. 2.5

ChristopherMammal –I have no idea what the lyrics mean. Hell, I can’t even read the track titles, they’re Russian and printed in Cyrillic script. Who cares! This is magical. It’s Gothic horror. No, it’s melodic doom. Wait, it’s folk metal. It is dark but also exuberant. The narration before each song is as melodramatic as “Tales from the Crypt” on TV. The singing voices are splendid. Mellotron! Yes, and church organ. The music, a tapestry of beautiful sound. I absolutely love it. 5.0

A Metal State of Mind Score – 3 out of 5


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Just takin' it easy for all you sinners.

Posted on January 24, 2014, in Roundtable Reviews and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Hahaha, very nice, representative video 😀
    “the music sounded like a bad looking accident”

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