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Mor Zaboth - Towards The Darkest Dawn (4/10) - Slovenia - 2007

Genre: Black Metal
Label: Self-production
Playing time: 19:35
Band homepage: Mor Zaboth

Tracklist:

  1. Intro
  2. Towards The Darkest Dawn
  3. The Spectre
  4. Battle With The Gods
  5. Frozen Blood
Mor Zaboth - Towards The Darkest Dawn

Here’s the debut EP of MOR ZABOTH, a Melodic Black Metal band from Slovenia. The band was formed in 2005 and has done extensive touring throughout their homeland, so they have a pretty good reputation on the live front. “Towards The Darkest Dawn” is a self-produced, relatively brief work and has all the indicators that it’s a debut work. 

 

The album opens with a minute-and-a-half keyboard “Intro” that does nothing really to set the tone for the rest of the album and just seems like filler. “Towards The Darkest Dawn” starts things off running, but when the keyboard starts up it seems odd, since the production won’t let it gel with the rest of the sound. Before the song is over you realize that the band is having some problem with song cohesion; there’s the repetition of some segues and choruses that goes a bit far, then a wandering instrumental part that’s practically impossible to pay attention to, then we’re back to the repetition. This pattern is worse on the next track, “The Spectre,” but not as much of a problem on the last two. “Battle With The Gods” is my favourite track on the album, but that gets stuck with some repetition too.

 

MOR ZABOTH has the image down, with grim corpse paint and songs about evil in forests. The info sheet even says “They are inspired by darkness, mistycal and the everlasting beauty of nature.”  What they need to work on is the music. The songs need to be tighter, the production a little better (but only for the keyboards, otherwise its appropriately kvlt). Give them a few more years and we’ll see what happens.

(Online June 8, 2007)

Keith Stevens



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