Morgion (band)

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Morgion was a doom/death metal band from Orange County, California, United States. Morgion was formed in 1990 by Dwayne Boardman (Guitars), Jeremy Peto (Vocals, Bass) and Rhett Davis (Drums). The band recorded their debut “Rabid Decay” demo in 1991, followed by the “Travesty” 7" in 1993. With the addition of Bobby Thomas (Guitars) and Ed Parker (Keyboards) in 1994, Morgion recorded a what would become “Among Majestic Ruin”, licensed for release to Relapse Records in 1997. In 1995, Gary Griffith joined Morgion as a replacement for Parker on keyboards. In 1998, Thomas departed and Griffith took on both guitar and keyboard duties. Morgion then wrote and recorded “Solinari;” released by Relapse Records in 1999. After a hiatus, 2002 saw the band moving forward with Justin Christian on Bass and an album partnership with Dark Symphonies. “Cloaked by Ages, Crowned in Earth”, the final album, was released in April 2004. Boardman and Griffith left Morgion in 2004, and the band was officially put to rest after the drummer and bassist briefly attempted to carry on and tour under the Morgion name.

On April 19, 2008, former members Boardman (Vocals/Guitars), Christian (Bass), Griffith (Vocals/Guitars/Keyboards) and Surowski (Drums) played a short Morgion set at the Murderfest in Hollywood, California to commemorate the release of Relapse Records' "Morgion: The Relapse Years." The appearance was planned to be the "Solinari" lineup, but a fallout between members changed plans. The Relapse release contains the recordings "Among Majestic Ruin" and "Solinari," along with previously unreleased songs, demos and rehearsal tracks from the Relapse era, all remastered February 2008 by Griffith and Mathais Schneeburger (whom co-produced the albums "Solinari" and "Cloaked by Ages, Crowned in Earth").

A compilation of early demo recordings entitled "God of Death & Disease" was released in 2012 by Dark Descent Records. The original "Solinari" lineup was invited to play a reunion gig at Maryland Deathfest in 2012, but the bassist sustained an arm injury that forced the band to reschedule the reunion for the following year. Just a few short months before they were set to appear at Maryland Deathfest 2013, the lineup once again suffered a fallout between members and were forced to cancel their appearance.


Morgion is also the name of the god of plague and disease in the world of Dragonlance, coinciding with their debut Rabid Decay and is where the band took their name from. Their album 'Solinari' is also named after a god in the Dragonlance world, Solinari as a god of magic and ruler of those who wear the white robes. Rhett Davis (lyrics and titles), not knowing his Dragonlance lore very well, stated that 'Solinari' was the black moon in Dragonlance lore, but 'Solinari' is in fact the name of the white moon. 'Nuitari' is the name of the black moon and, given the album artwork, is likely 'Solinari's' true intended album title.


Final Line-Up

  • Dwayne Boardman - Death Vocals, Guitars (1990–2001, 2002–2004, 2011-2013)
  • Rhett Davis - Drums (1990–2000, 2001–2004, 2011-2013)
  • Gary Griffith - Guitars, Clean Vocals, Keyboards (1995–2004, 2011-2013)
  • Jeremy Peto - Death Vocals, Bass (1990-2002, 2011-2013)

Former members

  • Bobby Thomas - Guitar (1994-1995)
  • Ed Parker - Keyboards (1994-1995)
  • Mike Davis - Guitar (1990-1993)
  • Brandon Livingston - Keyboards (1999; died 1999)
  • Peter Surowski - Keyboards (2001-2002)
  • Adrian Leroux - Clean Vocals, Death Vocals (2003)
  • Justin Christian - Bass (2002–2004)



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