MORGANA LEFAY: "Symphony of the Damned (Re-Symphonised 1999)"
morgana lefay Noise Rec.
Soundcreation Bollnäs, Sweden, April 10th - 23rd, 1999, for
1999 the band was named LEFAY due to legal problems.
This re-issue contains 4 bonus tracks (covers from different bands).
review by Ellnas ____
my 1st appearance on Gryphonmetal I’d like to introduce you
a brilliant band which deserves to be highly considered, I’m talking
about MORGANA LEFAY. You may know that a new album is coming very soon (
"Grand Materia" on the 25/04) but, for the moment, and for
those who don’t really know MORGANA, I’d like to review their "Symphony
of the Damned" album, originally recorded as their 1st
album in 1990 and re-symphonised (as the band says!) in 1999.
album is just a killer one and the new powerful production
enlightens every track. Enjoy:
whore of Babylon: a pure heavy song with really original
lyrics about decay and vices of human nature…This first strike proves
straightaway the high quality and level of the band.
of the Damned: probably one of their best song ever!!! This
long piece is intense from the 1st note to the last one. The
dark atmosphere is always getting stronger till they kick your ass with
killer riffs: pure Metal at its best! Outstanding vocals on this one.
This track is a gem!
Fatal Illusions: musically another
heavy mid-tempo with depressive lyrics. This one
possess a catchy and powerful chorus and it works, even after the
fantastic previous song!!!
Last Rites: a typical song from
MORGANA with an acoustic intro, a melancholic and progressive
atmosphere, great vocals from C. Rytkönen and powerful riffs. One of
the best tracks of the album and a classic for the band.
one’s quite more aggressive in mid-tempo with scorched vocals and
sharp riffs of guitar. The dark lyrics create an oppressive atmosphere
The secret Doctrine (instrumental):
the musicians prove here their talent to create a strong piece of pure
metal (in the same vein than The call of Cthulu
from Metallica I feel). A highlight! The secret doctrine will be the
title of their 3rd album (1993).
Tequila: The title speaks to itself!
A short U.F.O. with fun lyrics “…I remember nothing…I was passed
out on tequila-Blackout”. No comment!
Catacombs: Another highlight of the
album with a catchy chorus and great riffs. Once
again the dark atmosphere, especially in the beginning, creates an
oppressive mood which is a trademark of the band.
War without End: The
most powerful track of the album. Fast riffs and beats with Rytkönen
screaming and shouting on the battlefield! This one blasts and will
Knock you Out!
I must say that all their discography deserves attention and I think
that any metal freak should know and possess their albums. I chose
Sympony but every album would have received a great review (sorry I’m
a fan!). For more informations visit their website: www.morganalefay.se
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