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MORAINE - Metamorphic Rock - CD - MoonJune Records - 2011

This live album is the second release by the American instrumental rock band Moraine, and even though it was released a few years before we even got a promotional copy we simply could not pass over it without giving you a report.

Recorded live at NEARfest 2010, this is a blazing set of instrumental rock that dances and navigates between the majesty of progressive rock and the fervent, true to the moment nature of electric jazz rock. You might definitely spot echoes of Mahavishnu Orchestra here; but the hybridization of the aforementioned genres and the exotic, rawer tones - with violin and saxophone being incorporated seamlessly into the typical rock combo and its driving energies - threw us further back to East Of Eden's 1970 Snafu (which we reviewed in issue #30).

Sure, this one is less avant garde than the aforementioned Snafu; not only as it is more recent but also when judged by the music itself, as it is less weird and more cohesive and linear in its movement (even though there are some strangely refreshing bits such as the dub interlude in the fourth track!). The tones, however are similar, despite being more modern and aggressive; Eastern motifs are often explored and there is still a sense of adventurousness as the sounds do not come off as precise or strict but rather as scrubbed and inflammatory. We did not spot any showy, jazzy, solo improvisations - only effective playing which adds layers of depths, beauty and even some messiness to the well-constructed pieces.

Metamorphic Rock holds a performance full of passion, and we can't wait to hear if the band managed to recapture this on its recently released third album (the 2014 Groundswell). (8.5/10)

 

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ISSUE 77
ALBUM REVIEWS

(A-C)  (D-G)  (G-J)  (K-M)  (M-O)  (O-R)  (S-T)  (T-Z)

MIRTHKON
Snack(s)

MIRZADEH
Desired Mythic

MOONSPELL
Extinct

MORAINE
Metamorphic Roc

MURMURISTS
I Cannot Tell Y

MY OWN GHOST
Love Kills

NORILSK
Japetus

OBAKE
Mutations

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