Perhaps one of the most exciting and important bands that are hailing from the Bay Area known as Dawn Of Ouroboros have finally created a full-length album that is so incredibly diverse, this is something I’ve waited quite awhile and it truly shows that the underground extreme metal scene has gotten better and better as it goes by. Dawn Of Ouroboros play a hybrid of progressive death, atmospheric black, post black and melodic death metal that’s best described as if you took early Arch Enemy, Wolves In The Throne Room, Alcest, Agalloch, Deafheaven and Advent Sorrow with very hintful elements of technicality.
The Art Of Morphology will satisfy any fans of metal that’s perfectly suitable for anyone’s interest. Musically, the instrumentals and craftsmanship is truly astonishing as the songs naturally progressed in such due time you get emotion, ambition, and all around incredible passages and layers of musical brilliancy. From it’s flourished melodies, sporadic blast beats, heartfelt and calming vocals, this album features it’s raw, primal and extremely well driven songwriting that’s comprehensible and yet, wonderfully captivating. Songwriting here as aforementioned captures different lyrical content to maintain that aggressive, slow, and atmospheric structures which therefore keeps the tempos, arrangements and production very fluent but also doesn’t stray away the admiration from the musicianship is beautiful, artistic and outstanding.
When you first hear songs such as Pinnacle Induced Vertigo, Serpent’s Charm, Revivified Spirits and Gateway to Tenebrosity not only demonstrated a steady foundation where the instrumentals are properly placed in the corrected order while the vocals from Chelsea Murphy serves as an emotional unifier, but the rest of the band have done a fantastic job keeping their boundaries, talented skill and proficiency be on point without losing touch and sight. There’s even songs demonstrating a half boats off-the-cuff structures and more aggressive instrumentation while the second half is much slower paced and based more on subdued atmospheric layouts but also keeping the heaviness afloat to the best of its ability. The Art Of Morphology not only introduces the band’s more extreme roots, but they’ve found their branch and sound to keep the album dynamic and naturalistic but ultimately rewarding.
Overall Score: 9.5/10
Review by Jake Butler