Thursday, 30 March 2017

PROTOTYPER - Wounds (EP Review)

Release date: March 24th 2017. Label: Self Released. Format: CD/DD

Wounds – Tracklisting

1.Impetus 04:21
2.Dog Days 04:16
3.Wounds 05:18
4.Undertow 05:09
5.Be Afraid 04:24


Martin X. Forster
Jürgen Baue
Christoph Schwaiger


Noise/Sludge Rock collective – Prototyper have just released their new EP – Wounds. It's a collection of tracks that blend Noise Rock, Stoner Rock with a heavy dose of Alternative Rock and Sludge grooves that allows Wounds to become something of heavy beast at times.

Opening track – Impetus – has some fine moments of Post-Rock riffage with psychedelic noises allowing Prototyper to create heavy moments of Tool-esque progressive sounds. The vocals are handled superbly well.

Second track – Dog Days – opts for a more Alternative/Stoner Rock sound with the Sludge Rock vibes appearing later on. It's quite fast paced and sometimes it lacks focus compared to the opening track. Though Prototyper soon pull things round for an exciting finish with some nicely played heavy noise rock vibes being played at a fast pace.

Third track – Wounds – is perhaps where Prototyper create the standout track on the EP as they create a wide range of different sounds that is firmly in the realm of Alternative/Stoner Rock with elements of Post-Rock making an appearance again. The Tool influence is there lurking in the background but Prototyper show they can create their own sound when they play a more refined progressive and psychedelic sound.

The final two tracks – Undertow and Be Afraid – offer a more dream-like and noise rock driven sound especially with Undertow. It's a trippy affair with the band taking their time in creating slowly played riffs. Though the band soon return to the EP's earlier heavier sounds. Be Afraid is pure Noise Rock territory as Prototyper change the mood of the EP yet again. It's good to see that the band have written 5 songs that sound vastly different to each other. As it makes their overall sound very hard to categorize.

Overall, Wounds is a very well produced and satisfying EP to listen to. Prototyper are a band that are definitely worth your time as you will pleasantly be surprised by what's on offer here.

Excellent and Highly Recommended.

Words by Steve Howe

An Interview with Electric Age

Progressive Sludge/NOLA/Stoner Metallers – Electric Age have just released their fantastic new album – Sleep of The Silent King. Electric Age bring something different to the scene as they blend progressive sludge/stoner riffs against a backdrop of legendary NOLA based sounds.

Newly signed to Argonauta Records, I wanted to find out more about the band and I'm happy to say that Shawn Tucker (Lead Vocals, Bass, Guitar) and Jason Ogle (Guitar, Bass, Vocals) have agreed to do this interview.

Hi guys. How are things with you today.

Jason - Great!

Can you give a brief history of how the band came about and where it is today.

Jason - We started about 3 years ago with me and Kelly just jamming. We tried out some singers and bass players but no one that stuck. On the recommendation of a friend we called Shawn who I've been in several bands with and known for 20+ years. He came and jammed and it immediately worked out.

Shawn - Yeah, I had been playing metal for years in other bands and was getting away from it and getting into the whole acoustic singer-songwriter thing when they called and asked me to come and sing over some stuff they had been writing, my only request was that I had to play guitar also, being that I had only been singing for a couple of years and the whole idea of being the “singer” was still foreign to me. Jason was playing guitar at the time, so we did go through a couple of bass players, but even though creatively things were happening, things didn’t really start cooking until Jason took over the bass, that’s when it really clicked.

How would you describe your overall sound.

Jason - I like to say just Heavy Rock/Metal but we get lumped into other genres. Some recent reviews compared us to COC and Thin Lizzy which I’ll talk all day long!!

Shawn - Heavy rock with elements of all the styles of music we love to play and grew up listening to, it’s hard to get away from the Sabbath thing because in a way it all evolved from there, but we all have a wide range of influences that probably found it’s way onto this album from blues to classic rock and all things stoner.

So we are here to talk about your debut album – Sleep Of The Silent King. What can people expect from the album.

Shawn - We wanted to write an album that could be listened to all the way through as almost one piece of music and also have each song stand on its own, so I hope we succeeded in that, but really something you can have playing in the background while you’re drinking a beer on one listen, then completely dive into on the next.

What influenced you all when recording the album.

Jason - The usual Sabbath, The Sword, and I was listening to a lot of The Winery Dogs/Richie Kotzen around that time

Shawn – Beer

The album has quite an epic and progressive feel to it. Even though you include a wide range of different sounds. Was it a fulfilling or frustrating experience recording the album.

Shawn - This album was written mostly with a two guitar line-up, so the overall sound, layering, and final production ended up being something way more progressive and dynamic than we thought we would end up with, and although we have a slightly different approach to songwriting as a three-piece now, the epic feel just kind of happened naturally and lent itself perfectly to the overall content. Much appreciation to Zeuss, who mixed and mastered the album, he played a huge role in creating a weight to the sound that we may not have noticed before then.

Jason - Both! it was fun to write and kinda tedious to record but the end result is fulfilling because we accomplished what we set out to do.

What is the overall theme of the album.

Shawn - It’s about one person’s journey towards whatever it is that that one aspires to find, in whatever lifetime they find themselves in. This one person just happens to be a king and his particular aspiration is the truth of existence, the meaning of life and death, the reality of the divine or the lack of that reality, and whether that ultimate enlightenment is attainable, played out in a kind of mythological storyline. We decided to go with some light subject matter for the first album and then go from there.

The albums received some pretty good reviews so far. Has that surprised you the way people are reacting to your album.

Jason - Yes! I mean thought it was good and believed in it, We knew our friends/people close to us said it was good but you never know until you send “your baby” out how it's gonna be received.

Shawn - Absolutely. I didn’t know if anyone beyond our friends would end up hearing this album in the beginning, so everything’s a win at this point.

Will you be touring this record heavily in the United States.

Jason - No we will just be doing regional stuff for now

The album is being released on Argonauta Records How did that come about.

Jason - We had talked to another label that was booked up for 2017 and they recommended Argonauta. Gero and his staff have been great to us and they are really on a roll at the moment.

Did you have any offers from other labels.

Jason - Nothing that went into serious negotiations

You're from Louisiana and that city is synonymous with the legendary NOLA Sludge/Doom/Stoner Scene. Is being from NOLA a blessing or a curse.

Jason - We live outside of NOLA but we have a lot of friends there and play there regularly. NOLA’s been great to us! We had Mike Holderbeast (Down,Crowbar, etc.) do our first video with Kyle Thomas (Trouble, Exhorder, Floodgate) acting in it. Those guy’s are synonymous with the NOLA scene so that really helped put us on the map. Crowbar gave us a couple of show in big venues to help get us kicked off so everyone has been great to us.

Do you get the chance to perform gigs in your home-town on a regular basis

Jason - Oh yea we play around the state regularly.

What are you favourite bands from the NOLA scene.

Jason - As far as NOLA of course all the bands everybody knows about Crowbar, Soilent Green, Down etc. but what's cool is there are some bands technically outside of NOLA that are doing really good like Big Frank, Forming The Void, Sideburner, Paramaya, White Light Cemetery, Ambassador etc.. I could on forever there is so many good bands down here and someone's gonna be mad because I left them out haha,

Are you all involved with different musical projects or is Electric Age your main band.

Jason - I'm always messing around with something me and Shawn were about to start up an old project we had recently but Louisiana was hit with a major flood and 3 of the members houses were destroyed.

Before you go, do you have anything to say to your fans.

Jason - Thanks to everyone that's enjoyed the record. We have a good bit of new tunes written and should have a new one out late this year! Cheers

Shawn - Thanks to everyone!

Words by Steve Howe, Jason Ogle and Shawn Tucker.

Sleep Of The Silent King is available on CD/DD from Argonauta Records now.


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Tuesday, 28 March 2017

An Interview With WOUNDED GIANT


Wounded Giant first came to my attention back in 2013 when they released their excellent debut album – Lightning Medicine. Fast forward 4 years later and the guys have returned with their stunning new album – Vae Victus.

A different sounding album to their debut album but one that will still appeal to long-tme fans of the band. The sound maybe more experimental, doomier and progressive but it's good to see that Wounded Giant haven't lost the art of writing a PURE HEAVY FUCKING EVIL RIFF!!!

Wounded Giant have teamed up with STB Records to release the album and managed to drag legendary producer Billy Anderson along for the ride. It's time to find out more about Wounded Giant. Alex (Drums) and Mark (Bass) from the band have kindly agreed to this interview.

Can you give a brief history of how the band came about and where it is today.

Alex: Bobby James & I started Wounded Giant about 6 or so years ago. We both worked at the same bar in Seattle and liked each others other bands we had going on. When those bands started fizzing out we were like, " shit man lets jam." We always called having a safety meeting/ "shift drink" at work "Getting Wounded" so I brought forward the name Wounded Giant, based off the ol'groomer that came out of a tunnel cave in Colorado and spoke of such groom. But that's a whole other story and night of drinking.

I was jamming with Dylan in another band called O.S.S. (occult secret service), he loved heavy rock n roll, so it worked out perfect bringing him in on bass. We hit the road hard for 4 years or so, then some devastation occurred after recording Vae Victis so Bobby & I decided to go our separate ways from Dylan. Mark Haber had been a long time homie and fit the part perfectly so it was an easy addition bringing him into the band, and here we are today.

Mark: The band had been around for years before I joined. Alex and Bobby approached me in late 2016 about coming on board and playing bass with Wounded Giant, and I jumped at the chance. I've known these dudes for years, and it was a natural fit to play with them. They liked what I brought to the table, so when they offered me the job after the second practice I of course said yes. Easiest decision ever!

How would you describe your overall sound?

Alex: Heavy Rock n Roll, Groom from the womb to the tomb.

MarkHeavy af.

So we are here to talk about your new album – Vae Victus. What can people expect from the album?

MarkThey can expect to learn it's the second album. Haha!

Alex: Definitely a change from Lightning Medicine. A bands first album your all about finding & exploring your groove and sound. With Vae Victis we found it.

What influenced you all when recording the album?

Alex: Devastation & being pissed, losing a massive amount of friends over the years, getting fired from jobs, being broke, and overcoming drug addictions.

Was it a fulfilling or frustrating experience recording the album?

Alex: It was amazing

What is the overall theme of the album?

Alex: Pissed.

Vae Victus has a different and progressive feel to your debut album – Lightning Medicine. Was that the plan to release something different.

Alex: Yes

I loved that album as it was one of my faves in 2013. Looking back would you change anything about that album or would you leave it the way it is?

Alex: The production could have been bigger, but honestly probably one of the funniest recordings I've ever done. Wouldn't change a thing. We camped out 4 days at our buddies recording studio, bbq'd it up, smoked ridiculous amounts of weed and drank a stupid amount of tequila.

You recorded with Billy Anderson for your new album. How was that experience like. What does Billy bring to the Wounded Giant sound.

Alex: It was great working with Billy. We have been friends for years so there was already that level of comfortable-ness. He really helps find a bands best and bring it out, nailed the drum sound I was looking for to a T!!

Did Billy give you any important tips when making the album.

Alex: He let us do our thing, but would chime in if something sounded off.

Will you be touring this record heavily in the United States.

Alex: Yes, and hopefully getting overseas as well.

Mark: We're currently setting up tours for mid and late summer, so expect to see us later this year.

The album is being released on STB Records How did that come about. One of the best DIY labels around.

Alex: Nothing but love for Steve and STB

Did you have any offers from other labels.

Alex: STB rules, Steve approached us awhile back with a split offer. That's when the Wounded/Goya split happened. We developed an awesome relationship with his since then. We had many other options and offers when Vae Victis came along but STB is just us!! our style D.I.Y. punk hardcore metal roots and the overall love for the bands and the quality of work put forth. Not these other labels that jump on a cool hot sound for the moment.

It's being released on the legendary vinyls that Steve STB produces. Did you have any input into the overall design of the final package. Or did you let Steve STB do his thing.

Alex: We're all about Steve doing his thing.

What is the song-writing dynamic in the band. Is it a group participation or down to one individual.

Alex: Bobby writes the words, and presents a good amount of the riffs, then we as a whole structure and create the song.

Mark: As the new guy, I've only had the privilege of writing one song with WG, but I can tell you it's definitely a collaboration.

Are you all involved with different musical projects or is Wounded Giant your main band.

Alex: At the moment Mark plays bass and fronts 'Blame the Wizards' and I play drums in UN (Seattle's heaviest funeral doom)

Mark: My other project is called "Blame the Wizards". We're kinda stoner-rock GWAR. It's a newer project, but we have our self-titled EP out on Spotify.

Before you go, do you have anything to say to your fans.

Alex: Thank you for all your support and hope to see you out on the road soon

Mark: The ride so far has been amazing. So happy to be a part of the Wounded Giant family. Can't wait to get out on the road and support "Vae Victus"!!!

Well guys, thanks for doing this. All the best with the new album. Stunning record. Loud and noisy as hell.

Words by Steve Howe and Wounded Giant

Thanks to Jadd for arranging this interview and for Wounded Giant for doing the interview.

Vae Victis will be available to buy on CD/DD/Vinyl via STB Records from April 01st 2017.


Pallbearer - Heartless (Album Review)

Release date: March 24th 2017. Label: Profound Lore Records. Format: CD/DD/Vinyl

Heartless – Tracklisting

1.I Saw The End 06:21
2.Thorns 05:24
3.Lie Of Survival 08:25
4.Dancing In Madness 11:47
5.Cruel Road 07:13
6.Heartless 08:09
7.A Plea For Understanding 12:40


Brett Campbell - Vocals/Guitar
Devin Holt - Guitar
Joseph D. Rowland - Bass
Mark Lierly - Drums


Pallbearer is among the best in providing the solitary musical role and that particular ceremonial escort to accompany you through life’s difficult journey. Their previous albums are among the best in doom related milestones. ‘Heartless” is an expansion of that past, a virtual montage of perplex sound and mystifying sight experience. This is a fairly technical album that is layered with dissimilar sounds overlapping, coming and going and mostly bursting with rich texture, all culminating in an intertwined and interesting album expedition.

Pallbearer are bending metal and bridging doom into a new perspective in progressive rock energy. They ring out their collective hearts, bringing a somatic sundown on the theory that the brain is just a bundle of electrical impulses and asks us to witness the spiritual sunrise as it unravels a bloom of hopeful impressions. The album cover is an image of reflected togetherness through a timeless illustrated style that will survive in your memory for quite some time.

The sheer magnitude of this release can turn ground to liquid, yet does so without violence. It takes time to absorb all the intricacies and delicacies of this enormous work. I suggest multiple listens in order for your mind sponge to achieve maximum swell. Seven tracks represent the numerous ornamental facades in the mountainside that come to life and inspire these gentlemen of doom.

I Saw the End is a superb introduction, articulating that expertise is the collapse of surplus junk. This is the ideal representation of the classic styled progression initiated by the bending of metal and the bridging of doom.

Thorns is a song of heavy, boundless riffs accompanied by 6-string spearheads which takes flight through vocal properties that give it a pair of hefty wings.

Lie Of Survival is a remarkably designed piece of sound constructed with indulgent inceptions, raptured guitars, a perfect rhythm section, some circling synths and superiorly elevated vocals. You can actually feel your soul move within you.

Dancing in Madness is stacked as a lengthy, heavy and pervasive-progressive art rock immersion.

Cruel Road - the notorious slump in all of us is prodded along into additional dimensions with this densely distorted commanding mastication of old and new doom.

Heartless is a symphonic metal arrangement demonstrating causal sound in contradiction with all its occupied vibrations and audible flares analogous to our plotted nature and connived future.

A Plea for Understanding - majestic choral harmonies of lyrical revelation flourish amidst surreal soundscapes that set the stage in preparation of the great discovery of perfect sonic chemistry released from the depth of humanity. This is pure elemental imagination. This is why music is considered art. Holy smokes.

I still don’t understand the great and mysterious forces working within this band, but they are definitely worth the heed if you make the time.

Heartless’ is a royal symbol that could only be associated with the kings of ethereal doom. This record is on a precipice and is unquestionably an essential release for Pallbearer, as well as, all of us.

Words by Nick Palmisano


Saturday, 25 March 2017

Sparrowmilk - Articles Of Separation (Album Review)

Release date: February 15th 2017. Label: Kultland Recordings. Format: CD/DD

Articles Of Separation – Tracklisting

1.Mars in the 7th House 06:11
2.Western Reserve 05:40
3.Book of Armaments 08:43
4.Sons of Neptune 06:53
5.Black Night Satellite 08:14
6.Wolf Egg 08:28
7.Hollow Moon 09:41
8.Erie Depths 07:44
9.Teeth of the Hound 04:58


Tomasz Scull (drums)
Erin Corcoran (bass & sounds)
Joe Fortunato (guitar & sounds)


Sparrowmilk is comprised of members of Venomin James, Ancient Vvisdom and Doomstress. However these guys are purely an instrumental doom metal band with moments of psychedelic rock and sludge metal appearing on their epic debut album – Articles Of Separation

Sure the album maybe slightly overlong but if you're a fan of progressive instrumental doom metal then Sparrowmilk have a few surprises on this superb album. Most of the tracks follow the same pattern with the band performing progressive doom/sludge grooves with a few spaced out riffs appearing here and there.

The first few songs - Mars In The 7th House, Western Reserve, and Book Of Amendments – sees Sparrowmilk play their heavy thunderous riffs that have a grizzled feel to them. The instrumental work is brilliantly progressive at times as the band create some fantastic fuzzy psychedelic space rock moments.

Sparrowmilk have quite a talent for playing straight-forward heavy doom based rock to the more aggressive Sludge/Post-Metal style environments that appear on later parts of the album. Other great tracks to check out are: Sons Of Neptune, Wolf Egg, Hollow Moon and Erie Depths.

The production of the album is very good indeed as you can feel the doom and gloom atmospherics held on the album. It's cool that the band included Kent Stump (Wo Fat) to master the album. It gives the album an extra layer of Doom/Stoner Metal credibility.

Maybe the band could have left a couple songs off the album as it runs past the 65 minute mark. Though if you're in the mood for an exciting and action packed ride then this is the album for you. It's good to see Sparrowmilk have their own sound and are not copying from other instrumental bands within the Doom/Sludge/Stoner Metal scene.

Articles Of Separation is a must have album. No question. Check these guys out now.

Words by Steve Howe


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An Interview with MOTHERSLOTH

MotherSloth! What’s the name! Here in Russia we have a proverb about “mummy sloth” who makes one postpone their cases and lay back doing nothing. The Spanish power trio is pretty active indeed.

Moon Omen” is their second full-length release and it seen the light of day on March 3rd with the help of Argonauta Records. “Shadow Witch”, “Doomsday Cyborg”, “Moon Omen” are nice names for nice doom songs, isn’t it? Low and distorted riffs, melodic tunes and mammoth heaviness – these are the features of new MotherSloth.

They’re bulky, they’re psychedelic, they’re professionals who naturally deliver really cogent stuff. I had few questions to the band, and suddenly guys took a decision to answer as a whole band. Let me introduce you Oscar (drums), Dani (guitars, vocals) and Moline (bass)!

Salute MotherSloth! How are you? What's going on in your camp?

Oscar: Hello, we're fine, just started promoting our new album with a couple gigs in Spain, doing alright.

Dani: Yeah! Moon Omen is on the street fresh out of the oven!

Moline: Hi, there!

The thing I must ask you first is the origin of band's name, it sounds very Russian. We have a kind of proverb here about “mommy sloth”; so how did you figure out it?

Oscar: Nothing to do with Russia or proverbs, we just tried to find words related to the concepts of slow motion, laziness, and try to reflect that with a sound. Sloths are fun animals to watch by the way!

Dani: I’m going to look into that “mommy sloth” thing!

I remember how tight and solid the band did sound on “Moribund Star” debut. How long did that previous lineup members know each other?

Oscar: We started in 2008, but I reckon the sound is more a thing related to the fact that we did not want to add many spices to our recipe, we wanted it to be raw and heavy.

MotherSloth – Hazy Blur of Life

What did influence on your vision of how the band must sound? What are your main requirements to your own songs?

Oscar: We basically start from different points every time, not necessarily with an idea in mind, often we let the song take us somewhere, so there are not many rules to follow, as long as the result pleases us.

Dani: Lately, I imagine guitar riffs out of nowhere, and then months down the road, I start figuring out the indirect influences from where they might have come from. But I’m happy it’s not a thing about sounding like a certain band already out there.

Moline: Freedom. I guess it's better to just follow the song wherever it takes you.

It seems that you love distortion and different sound effects. What makes you pay so much attention to it?

Oscar: Actually, we started trying those sounds in the studio, our producer Adrian Hidalgo suggested we use them and we ended up adding those. The same for the bass guitar, we wanted it to literally blow your speakers. If we could add distortion to the drums, it would be there!

Dani: we want to add a gong to the live show, and already have a theremin going on as well.

Oscar: Haha, a gong!! That would be fun to play!

MotherSloth started as an almost absolutely instrumental band, there's just one track with vocals on “Moribund Star”. Now you have “Moon Omen”, and there are a lot of vocals! What happened?

Oscar: Not entirely true, our first studio work, was an EP called Hazy Blur of Life, check it out.
What happened was, the singer left us and we really wanted to continue, and not wait until another singer appeared so we started working on many songs we had that were instrumental. Luckily Dani joined in time to sing Dry Tears on our first LP.

Dani: I was a big fan before joining the band, I remember I went to see MotherSloth live in Madrid when I came back from living in Berlin and I recalled the band being so much better when it had a stable formation. I thought I could help by joining in and giving a stable voice to the project again, and it seems like it’s working so far!

You recorded this album with new bass-player Adrian Moline, how did this record session differ from the one you spent making “Moribund Star”?

Oscar: It was very different, our previous bass player Alex, was really a guitar player, so he did what he could. Before him, we had Ivan on bass, who recorded the song Death Flower for that album, and soon left the band. Adrian is an awesome bass player with a proper bassist feel and dexterity so it was an entirely different situation.

Your way to “Moon Omen” took almost 3 years, how did you spend this period? And do you have some completed tracks that weren’t included in the album?

Oscar: We started MotherSloth with the intention of recording one album per year. Unfortunately, this has not been possible to do in the practice although we had plenty of material to choose from. It has been basically a time of personnel changes and plans that had not been achieved. For this album, we had a couple of songs that were not completed, written by the previous guitarist, we simply decided not to use them and moved on from there.

Dani: MotherSloth has a demo archive larger than the Kilimanjaro, the only thing in the way of recording was the constant lineup change. But that’s cleared out of the way for good now, there will soon be a 4th album!

MotherSloth – Wish for Dawn

What did you want to express through this material both lyrically and technically?

Oscar: We wanted to go back to our musical roots. On Moribund Star we were in the middle of a journey, one that took us to desert sounds, stoner if you want to use a label. But in the past, we had more of a doom vibe, and I wanted to recuperate it.

Some of the lyrics are based on personal experiences, dreams, others are based on fantasy, we would love to be able create our own mythology with names, places and things like that. We had a concept for the album but we did not want it to be a conceptual album with linked songs. But we feel happy we have been able to express and suggest this concept musically, as some people had told us.

I just read a couple of reviews where it says our music has a Dario Argento vibe, you know, Italian horror films, perhaps all those elements that are present in your background as an artist start to slip in at a point and then you have a mix of influences , in our case, sci-fi, horror flicks, comics, literature. I guess those elements can also be felt in what we do.

What's the band's evolution on Moon Omen? How do you feel objective signs of your growth?

Dani: Well, a good sign of our growth is that we have Argonauta Records (Italy), Stone Groove Records (USA) and Voodoo Chamber Records (Germany) backing us up with our releases. And the album is selling from the US all the way to Japan and Australia. We’ve gotta keep it up!

Oscar: Another thing can be the fact that we now feel very comfortable working together and are able to take decisions quickly, in this year and the last one the band has been very active and we are ready to make a step forward into the next level.

How much of Spain is in your music?

Dani: Well, we love Spain, but it is hard to get your music out there over here, there are a lot of classic heavy metal fans, but for other metal styles the audience is a minority. In Moribund Star there was a clear Spanish influence, but I think Moon Omen has gone back to our American roots (USA, Perú).

Moline: There’s a growing underground Stoner scene around here. Lots of bands that make you trip and also shake your booty. That gives me hope that Doom is next!

Let’s resume – what are MotherSloth plans for 2017?

Oscar: Touring, in the summer we will finish writing our next album, we are already working on some ideas such as artwork and some songs are ready. Some of them will definitely be played in our upcoming shows.

This year will also see our first video clip, done also independently with the help of Cow Army prod, for the song Shadow Witch. We are happy with the results , and are thinking of doing another one. Visuals are a great way to express ideas and concepts too, something to add to our songs . It's the perfect element to enhance our music and make your trip complete.

Dani: Yeah! The 4th album in our minds and plans. We have gained a lot of momentum!

Moline: We want to play live and enjoy crafting new songs.

Words by Aleks Evdokimov and MotherSloth


MotherSloth - Moon Omen (Album Review)

Release date: March 03rd 2017. Label: Argonauta Records. Format: CD/DD

Moon Omen – Tracklisting

1.Shadow Witch 07:06
2.Once Human 05:50
3.The Firemill 07:20
4.Doomsday Cyborg 06:49
5.Wish For Dawn 06:55
6.Moon Omen 09:06


Oscar: drums
Daniel: voice / guitars
Moline: bass guitar


If you're expecting Moribund Star Part 2 then you're going to be extremely disappointed. As Moon Omen is a very different album from MotherSloth. It's a more progressive and experimental album compared to Moribund Star.

It's a brilliantly produced album. I can't deny that. It even has some intriguing and well executed concepts throughout the album. It's just that compared to Moribund Star which I'm a huge fan of, Moon Omen doesn't quite match up in terms of overall enjoyment. That's not too say it's a bad album. Far from it. It's a very good album indeed. I was expecting so much more.

If you're a fan of experimental and almost avant garde Doom/Sludge Metal then you will find much to enjoy here. MotherSloth do create stunning riffs on tracks such as Shadow Witch, Once Human and the awesome title track – Moon Omen.

The vocals are another highlight with Daniel showing his impressive vocal range throughout the album. I enjoyed the Alice In Chains grunge style theatrics that the band include on certain parts of the album. It seems that MotherSloth have taken influence from YOB and Pallbearer on this album as you can hear familiar sounds especially with guitars.

I can see why MotherSloth wanted to make a different album to Moribund Star. On that album you could see they were a forward thinking band who are willing to take risks with their music. Even if it meant losing some of their original fan-base. I'm still a fan and I admire their decision in making an album such as this. The album is already receiving it's fair share of praise. If this was the first time I heard MotherSloth then I would absolutely love this album. It's that I hold Moribund Star in such high regard that I can't stop comparing the two albums.

If you're a fan of Experimental Sludge/Doom Metal then you will no doubt enjoy this album. It's a brave and exciting album at times. Though I will be listening to Moribund Star more than Moon Omen. Though I have a feeling this is an album that I will be revisiting in the future and changing my mind about. Until then.......

Make your own decisions about Moon Omen.

Words by Steve Howe

Thanks to NeeCee Agency and Argonauta Records for the promo. Moon Omen is available to buy now from Argonauta Records on CD/DD