|Covenant Of Teeth
It's difficult to see Morrow as a real band, the London based trio presents itself as the last concept-project born under Alex CF's lead, a talented artist more famous for his works with Light Bearer and the late Fall Of Efrafa. Morrow are then closer to be an ensemble, a collaboration who has the aforementioned Alex CF, the instrumentalist David and the cellist Nicole at its core, around which we find guests from the Alerta Antifascista roster to lend their voice.
Four long winded tracks make up this "Covenant Of Teeth", which ends on the doorstep of the fourty minutes without exceeding, where terms like sludge, d-beat, crust, doom and emocore are used as elements more than limits or real genres to adhere, by which Morrow play to build the tracks always in a different manner.
Care and creativity seem to be the stars under whose influence this release was born; every note comes out from the instruments and falls in the best place, even when the guitars open to dissonant arpeggios like in "Cleaved Fang", or in the moment where the band decides to go faster flowing in more -core moments, everything quite unexpectedly without sounding less aggressive.
To dampen the rocky and dark tones, making them more crepuscular, there are the cello parts, with fleeting melodic incursions that dissolve the irregularities giving an intimate touch to an album that would definitely have sound more sour. Nicole puts the melody where the band tries to be heavier, as in the beautiful "The Norr", without giving the impression of working against the other members, but enriching the emotional spectrum of the compositions.
Morrow's "Covenant Of Teeth" is a balanced work, yet made of both tense and heavier moments, but at the same time of silences and soft acoustic guitar notes, the crackling of a bonfire and distant voices talking exotic languages; I wouldn't be surprised if in the future this work will reach a certain cult status, as it has happened in the past with Fall Of Efrafa's "Owsla".
The music is in free offer on the band's Bandcamp page, but I'd add that it would be a shame not getting your hands on a work so well packaged; Alex CF's cover is done in its typical style, made of extremely detailed morbid and dark images. This cannot help but make me recommend the purchase.