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Review: Morrigan - Anwynn

Label: Werewolf Records
Year released: 2022
Duration: 52:11
Tracks: 9
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 3/5

Review online: July 7, 2022
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Readers Rating

Rated 3.8/5 (76%) (5 Votes)

Morrigan have had a career that is the definition of "uneven," as they have been active on and off for over 20 years with a name change, multiple breakups, periods of inactivity, and albums that range from outstanding to just adequate. While they have produced unquestionable underrated classics like Celts and Headcult, their other albums have not always been as good, and this is their first full-length in almost 10 years.

I find Anwynn to be a mixed bag. The music is the band in their more restrained and melodic mode, with the slow, Bathory-styled riffs they have always used mixed in with more moody, atmospheric passages. Clean vocals get used a lot on this album, and they are not the best. I mean yes, they are aiming at an imitation of Quorthon’s clean style, and they are getting that, but even the great one himself was on thin ice with his singing, and this mostly just sounds thin and weak. Here and there it would be one thing, but it’s used a lot.

Mostly it’s that I just don’t find the songwriting as compelling as I have on previous albums. The riffs are solid but not better than that, the production is pro, and the playing and performances are right where they need to be—with the notable exception of the clean singing. It’s not a bad album, but it doesn’t grab me, doesn’t leave an impression when it is over. This is work from a veteran band, but it’s just not inspired.

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Review: Anwynn (reviewed by MetalMike)
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