Monday, November 26, 2007

Album: MGR - Wavering on the Cresting Heft

Artist: MGR
Album: Wavering on the Cresting Heft
Label: Conspiracy Records
Year: 2007

01. Allusions
02. It Darkens His Door
03. Ruminations of Before
04. Equilibrium
05. The Night Spills, Wide and Open
06. And It Falls By The Gallons


With MGR guitarist Mike Gallagher -of renowned dirge architects ISIS- unveils a compendium of sparse ruminations culled from years of underground musical experience. Gallagher has developed a style characterized by dense, sustained textures coupled with a penchant for the subtle melodicism associated with the post-Sabbath riff. MGR's effectiveness stems from how fluidly Gallagher is able to gradually add texture upon texture, building up the intensity of the tracks until they reach a tragic momentum. Imagine Isis with much of the bombast stripped away, leaving only dark, moody and melancholic soundscapes… MGR (the acronym for Mustard Gas and Roses, which Gallagher has borrowed from a line of Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse Five), is an emotionally charged amalgamation of sounds that, much to its credit, refuses to fit neatly into any particular category.

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