Boston-based post-metal practitioners and recent Metal Blade Records signees MORNE will release their devastating Engraved With Pain full-length on November 3rd, today unveiling the record‘s first single, artwork, and preorders,
The stylistic pyroclasm of MORNE‘s bleak, extreme but reachable metal did not happen overnight. Since their 2009 debut album, Untold Wait, the quartet has made simple categorizations like “doom“ or even “metal“ laughable, and their latest and fifth full-length, fittingly titled Engraved With Pain, refines their attack to a level toward which even 2018‘s To The Night Unknown could only hint.
Engraved With Pain is a moment of grim triumph, as rooted in Celtic Frost as in Ministry, still somehow extrapolated from the gods Black Sabbath and characteristic of no one so much as themselves. Spacious, crushing, darkly thoughtful enough to be progressive but never so indulgent as to lose sight of its core message, the offering was recorded with legendary producer Kurt Ballou at GodCity Studio in Salem, Massachusetts.
Playing out across four chapters in forty-minutes, the album sees the veteran outfit crafting rhythmic tension and lung-squeezing atmospheres as Polish-born guitarist/vocalist Miłosz Gassan emits layered guttural shouts that speak to inner and outer crises. Engraved With Pain makes its title believable, and from its eponymous opener through “Memories Like Stone,” “Wretched Empire,” and “Fire And Dust,” it carries humanity individually and collectively through the realities of its decline.
“‘Wretched Empire‘ is the first song off of our new album to be published bringing the wait to its end,“ Gassan notes of the band‘s first single, as well as their first ever video. “Barebone, stripped down riffs and a cold look at today‘s reality, lyrically it‘s my take on the current situation in the world: How divided everything is and how people are prone to being misled. How we forget our history; history that happened not that long ago. I never comment on my lyrics but maybe in this case it’s needed. I call humanity a ’wretched empire.‘ It’s not an optimistic song. I hope people will enjoy it and find something for themselves in this single and the whole album as well.“