MORGION are dead, long live KEEN OF THE CROW! Thatís what one should say, as this band is the successor of the deceased MORGION. That band was/is a true cult act among Doom/Death fans, and KEEN OF THE CROW arenít second to them by any means.www.myspace.com/keenofthecrow
We still get sorrowful, mighty Doom Death, but it has some additional facets. The Californians manage to combine the greats of old, such as CELTIC FROST, with post-modern stuff a la NEUROSIS or ISIS. Itís hard to describe, for this is moving and complex music. Who remembers the legendary MINDROT? They always come to my mind when I hear this really impressive concept story about Conan the Cimmerian. The band creates such a scary, breathtaking atmosphere that your average Metal head will crap his pants in fear and awe. I managed to keep those cheeks squeezed tightly and I myself am surprised that I enjoy this devilish album so much.
I actually used to hate Doom with grunts. However, stuff like SWALLOW THE SUN; MINDROT or KEEN OF THE CROW just blow me away! Unfortunately, the two guitarists Seth Arthur and Ron Slater quit a few days after the release of ĄHyborea.ď Weíll see if the band stays active. It would be a shame if they didnít.
(Online April 23, 2007)