May 282021

In search of battles and victories Morgarten has been touring Europe since 2005. With their harsh yet melodic folk- and black metal Morgarten brings back the forgotten glory of the time of knights. After playing shows all over Switzerland, the release of their debut album “Risen to Fight” (2015) marked an important moment for Morgarten.The band received positive feedback from all over Europe and soon they marched upon international territories, supporting other warriors like the Wind Rose dwarfs, the dark people of Nightland and the hordes of Welicoruss. Besides several short European tours Morgarten appeared on international festivals, like Occultfest (NL), Brainstorm Festival (NL), Devils Rock For An Angel (BE), Mannried Open Air (CH), Winter Armageddon (DE) and Rise Of Trolls (BE). Also the band was asked as opening-act for Finntroll on their visit to Switzerland in 2018.

Morgarten now returns with their new album “Cry of the Lost”, which surely won’t leave fans of folk- and black metal disappointed! – In the interview below, the gentlemen talk about the current covid-19 situation, the new album “Cry of the Lost” and much more.

TMR: Hey guys this is The Metal Resource from Holland, how are things going there in Switzerland in these crazy & bizarre times ?

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May 212021

The Swiss folk/black metal band Morgarten just released a lyric video for ‘The Last Breath’, the third single from their new album “Cry of the Lost”.

“Cry of the Lost” will be released on June 18th on CD, limited vinyl and digital via Inner Wound Recordings.

Pierric from Morgarten comments on the new single
‘The Last Breath’ is one of the first songs we wrote for the album and it’s the first song we ever wrote that features clean vocals. It may not have the aggression or speed of other songs, but it has an intensity that makes it really unique, especially when played live. It is about the moment when the warrior, on the verge of death, realises that he may have spent his life building something that was ultimately meaningless. It’s this situation that we chose to represent on the album cover. ‘The Last Breath’ is also in my opinion one of the songs that Jens Bogren did the most impressive work on, especially the vocal work and some of the effects he added that really bring something to the atmosphere.”

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Morgarten – “Cry of the Lost”

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May 202021

Six long years ago, Morgarten exploded onto the folk metal scene with Risen to Fight, a great album filled with a mix of folk, black, and near symphonic metal and now six years later, the band picks up essentially where they left off, giving us an album with an undeniably heavy, yet melodic mix of folk metal with black, death, and symphonic metal elements.

Morgarten trace their roots all the way back to 2005 when they began touring Europe. The band’s name is from the Battle of Morgarten which took place in 1315 and happened in the French-speaking part of Switzerland. When Risen to Fight came out, I reviewed the album and was struck with the mix of folk, black, and symphonic elements …a great debut for sure. By the time this album was sent to me, now in 2021, I had long forgotten about Morgarten, which is a loss on my part, but thankfully I have this reminder.

For Cry of the Lost, Morgarten pulled in some heavyweights for recording, mixing and mastering with David Castillo (Carcass, Opeth, Leprous) taking recording duties, Jens Bogren (Opeth, Dimmu Borgir, Amon Amarth) handling the mixing and Tony Lindgren (Opeth, Eluveitie, Sepultura) handling the mastering. Basically, an ideal cast to capture everything that Morgarten bring with their sound. Similar to Risen to Fight, the band created a concept album that is essentially a novel that tells the story of the hero Arnold von Wilkelreid, covering his hopes, fights, doubts, despair, and peace.

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