Distributor/label: Witching Hour Productions
Distributor/label URL: http://witchinghour.pl
Buy Album: http://morodh.bandcamp.com
Band Website: http://morodh.ragnaar.com
Andreas – Drums
Ragnaar – Guitar
Astaroth – Vocals
Anthart – Bass
6. The End
The risk often run when encountering depressive black metal is the potential for it to be a relentless dirge – whilst welcome in places, an entire album’s worth can be a laborious affair, and one that many will tire of long before the album’s conclusion. With this in mind, it makes Russian metallers MORODH’s debut “The World Of Retribution” all the more enjoyable to listen to. Whilst the overarching morose themes are prevalent, the music itself has life to it and never descends into an overwrought dirge procession.
Where MORODH shine the most is in their use of melody. Creating a depressive atmosphere is far beyond simply choosing appropriate chord voicings and progressions – it’s combining this with dynamics and using melodic lines/phrases that create the mood. Tracks like “Regret” are exemplary of this: it is among the strongest on the album and features wonderful layering of aggressive guitars and clean passages, along with the aforementioned melodic phrases that enhance this downbeat mood. It is an exceptionally emotive song.
Fortunately, the band maintain this. “Desolation” is one of the “heavier” tracks on the album, but still that thread of melody and sadness weaves its way through, whilst closer “Lie” conveys a near-uplifting feel during a rather cinematic sprawl before the closing riffs add a round things off on a heavier note. It’s an exceptionally well-balanced offering from the band, and for a debut it can only get better. The production is right on the money: crisp, clear and finely mixed, giving everything the space required and the dynamics required so that the heavies hit hard and the cleans caress.
MORODH can feel extremely pleased with themselves (and no doubt they do), because this is an exemplary piece of depressive black metal. Combining a light-and-shade aesthetic with top production and depressive lyrical content makes for an exciting, emotive and even euphoric listen. Never do they stray into the realms of pretension, nor do they over-indulge or force the depressive side of things with boundless amounts of dirge. This is a memorable debut.