Distributor/label: Unspeakable Axe Records
Buy Album: https://unspeakableaxerecords.bandcamp.com/album/blood-oracle
Band Website: https://www.facebook.com/Morgengrau-112541632142818/
E Morgengrau – Guitar and Vocals
N Norris – Guitar
J Holmes – Bass
K Elrod – Session drums for Blood Oracle
1. Blood Oracle
2. Wolves Of Thirteen
4. Poised At The Precipice Of Doom
5. Forced Exodus
6. Invert The Marker
7. Incipit Bellum
8. Invocation Of The Wheel
Morgengrau has been going some eight years, and hails from Texas despite the German name (which means gray morning, I think?) This is the second album from the group. Interestingly, the artwork for the album cover was done by a chap named Nick Keller, who has done concept paintings for various films, like LOTR and Mad Max. Jolly good it is too.
I’d not heard them before, but musically there’s a lot to get your teeth into. Stylistically it’s firmly in the ‘death’ camp, with a pensive approach to the subject. I have to say I enjoy every track on the album, but special praise has to go to Wolves of Thirteen; a powerful deluge of double pedalling with some broody chanting over the top. This gives it a kind of occulty sort of quality. They claim to be influenced by bands like Deicide, which I think you can hear in there.
The only criticism I have is that it is sometimes a little similar in tempo and texture throughout. It’s not massively varied, so by the end I was wanting something a little different. All in all, a solid effort and definitely a band to watch.