Release Date: 18th May 2018
Morag Tong are a four piece metal group that hail from London. Formed in 2014, the band line up currently consists of Adam Asquith on drums and vocals, Alex Clarke and Lewis Crane on guitars and James Atha on bass. Following the release of their debut EP, Through Clouded Time, the band have returned with a new record.
The EP kicks off with ‘Transmission’, throwing us into the record with a song that reminds me of a western movie. The drawn out and continuous beat and little variation of the song has me losing interest before the EP had really even started. The first look at Adam’s vocals in ‘New Growth’ leaves me feeling indecisive about how the vocal style fits in with the instrumental style of the band.
‘To Soil’ is lengthy and repetitive, and in all honesty, at this point I’ve lost hope that any track on the record will stand out to me. Aside from the obvious differences in track length, ‘Ruminations’ and ‘Ephemera / Stare Through The Deep’ feature a lot of similarities.
Although it’s apparent that Morag Tong have put a strong amount of effort into making this EP, unfortunately it didn’t do anything for me. I felt myself apprehensive for a breakthrough moment where I would discover that this band is better than I originally thought, however that moment never came. By the EP’s second to last track, I lost hope that any song on the record would stand out to me. The tracks seem to drag and on many occasions throughout the record, I found myself losing interest. Although I didn’t enjoy this record, it’s down to fans and new listeners to decide what they think.
Recommended Track: ‘Rumination’
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