Sunday, August 7, 2011

MOLOCH- Possession

U.K. sludge tyrants Moloch finally released their first full length entitled Possession through German label Vendetta Records. Not for the faint of heart, Possession makes its way through roughly 31 minutes of plodding, visceral sludge that's as reminiscent of stalwarts Eyehategod and contemporaries Salome.

By momentum alone, Moloch's made me a fan. The fevered yells time into the tectonic drum shifts as they themselves time into waves of feedback that keep the listener stupefied as the sheer power and volume of the music treads that deliciously sludgy line of what's too loud.

For a band that rarely finds a mid-tempo they sound very comfortable in the little giddy-up sections as the drums ride and the guitar plays a very NOLA-esque riff. That said, it's not common place as the band's bread and butter are the march like pushes I've hinted at before. The drums themselves are so immense that I picture the drummer fully raising his arms above his head before each hit for the loudest hit possible.

By far one of the most intense, overwhelming, and bowel-shakingly enjoyable releases this year. The band exudes such a level of dismal nihilism with its sound, stark and minimal artwork and the voracious vocals that always penetrate the listener above all else. Be sure to get your hands on this one.

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