(Sailor Records)

This Denver, Colorado trio shows no signs of a sophomore slump on Morning, which takes a slightly different approach than their debut Lust. Love. Loss. from two years back. While that first album was informed by more of a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants punk sensibility, this one takes a more thorough, thought out approach. In fact, that was their intention all along, according to interviews leading up to its releases. They wanted to analyze every riff and chorus. This album is a bit different than its predecessor, though it still contains all the power of their previous efforts. They’ve honed it to sharper edge. And a catchier one, too.

“World’s Away” opens with heavy dose of sludgy metal, that gives way to a melodic and very catchy chorus, which is seamlessly incorporated into the song. “18 Weeks” is hard hitting and melodic, while “Rivers” slows down the pace, and indulges in some metalgaze-esque moments. It’s heavy, yet spacious. “Burned” is more of a straight up pummeler, that doesn’t lose site of melody. Like most of the songs on the album. “Mourning” which features guest vocals from Phil Pendergast of fellow Denver-band, Khemmis, definitely lives up to its title, as it’s somber and gut-wrenching. Its companion song, which happens to be the title track, closes out the album, and provides a bit of hope amongst all the sadness, like the sun rising, signaling the beginning of a new day filled with hope and promise.

Abrams shows a lot of growth on this album, as Morning is sludgy and heavy, but also melodic and catchy. This makes for a winning combination. If you want a dose of some exhilarating modern metal, then you should definitely check it out. You don’t want to miss out on this album.

Purchase the album here.

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