The Moaning
Blood From Stone


3.5
great

Review

by Dethtrasher USER (232 Reviews)
November 18th, 2007 | 19 replies


Release Date: 1996 | Tracklist


Melodic death metal can be described as a recipe for success. You have the intensity and brutality from death metal and then you just add some melodic guitar work and people will like it. In Flames and Dark Tranquillity were two bands that started everything with their melodic death metal music, and many bands are following their path. Only in Sweden there are numerous of melodic death metal bands. Hypocrisy, Amon Amarth, Soilwork, Scar Symmetry, Edge of Sanity is just a couple of Sweden’s arsenal of melodic metal bands. But what about melodic death/black metal? Does it sound equally as good as melodic death metal? The difference is not that big actually, just a few weeks ago I stumbled upon a metal album on the internet that I wanted to buy. I wasn’t so amazed when I heard the music; the only difference was that there were more blast-beats and tremolo pickings in this music hybrid. The album is called Blood From Stone and it is the only album from a band called The Moaning. The Moaning was formed in 1994 in Sweden and they are labelled as melodic death/black metal. Unfortunately the band broke up and the only released one album in 1996.

The music from Blood From Stone is nothing spectacular or undeniably boring. You get your day-to-day portion of melodies and heaviness. The vocal style is sharp screaming, if you have heard the vocalist from the thrash metal band Kreator then you will know this vocalist sounds like. Quite pissed off and angry, there are some minor flaws during some songs though. In the song Mirror Of The Soul you will notice that the vocals slightly fades from screaming to clean and weak vocals. This rarely occurs but it sounds a bit odd when you hear it. The guitars are the only instruments that shine in this album. Here you get a slew of various riffs, there are of course fast picked tremolo riffs, power chords, and other types of catchy riffs. Most of them are melodic but also heavy and aggressive. Everybody knows that bassists are often hidden behind all the other instruments, but the bassist in this band has a few moments alone when you can actually hear the bass. The drums deliver a good variety of drum patterns. Most patterns are catchy and pretty harmless, there are still good doses of blast-beats, mid-paced patterns and double bass rattling in this album.

And then there are ups and downs, both good and bad stuff is present in this album. The good news is that the album material has a pretty violent intensity level which makes this album to sound fresh. And it doesn’t get so intense that you will hate it. The fusion of death and black metal elements is very good. You have the blast-beat action and sharp vocals mixed with the heaviness and aggressive tremolo riffs from death metal. And we also have the melodies. The guitars play with quite high-pitched tunes so almost every riff and solo gives the songs a slightly chilling atmosphere. Like the morning mist is covering frostbitten grass. Bad things are unavoidable, Blood From Stone works like a ‘’light-weight’’ drug. You will get high on it when you hear it but after a while you get bored and you start to look for some heavier stuff. The main reasons why Blood From Stone isn’t that perfect would be the vocals, no variety at all, everything is screaming and more screaming. There is also a small repetitive factor among the songs. The only songs that really stand out because of their song structure are Mirror Of The Souls and Dying Infernal Ambers. Mirror Of The Soul has some classic galloping riffs that are typical to Iron Maiden’s type of riffs. Dying Infernal Ambers is just a song with a much slower pace than the other songs.

So do we have the answer to the question? There is no true answer; melodic death metal sounds almost the same as melodic death/black metal. If we look at them both we will see that the differences are slim, both sides uses the same types of riffs, drum patterns, vocals, lyrics you name it. The only difference is that one band will have a more successful formula then the other. And it is also up to the listener as well who decides which one is the better one. People who like melodic death metal will probably enjoy this, and if you are interesting in these types of hybrid bands I suggest that you check out album.

Positives
+ Great intensity
+ Great melodies
+ The album material has this chilly atmosphere
+ Excellent guitar performance

Negatives
- Slightly repetitive
- One-dimensional vocals
- This was the band’s only album

Recommended Tracks
-- Mirror Of The Soul
-- Of Darkness I Breed
-- Blood From Stone

The rating balances between a 3/5 and a 3.5/5, but the final score will be a 3.5/5 for now.



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Zoo
November 18th 2007


3759 Comments


Very nice review. I love melobleath so I'll probably look into this.

BallsToTheWall
November 18th 2007


44805 Comments


Great review. Swedish Melo Death is my box of chocolates, so im going to check this. One thing about the name. The Moaning? High on the cheese.

Dethtrasher
November 18th 2007


2211 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Thanks, and yea, I think that the band name is pretty corny.

kalkal50
November 18th 2007


2386 Comments


proofread your reviewThis Message Edited On 11.18.07

Crimson
November 18th 2007


1935 Comments


Nice review, album sounds good, like the album art a lot.

Dethtrasher
November 18th 2007


2211 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

I also like the album cover, I like the album title as well.

LifeInABox
November 18th 2007


3709 Comments


Great artwork.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
November 18th 2007


16486 Comments


Sounds interesting.

Wizard
November 18th 2007


19644 Comments


Excellent review as usual Deth! I will be looking into this because you said the magic words "melodic, death, black". I love that hybridized type of music, kind of like Dissection.

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seedofnothing
February 6th 2012


3425 Comments


m/




CaptainDooRight
February 29th 2012


30336 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

albums awesome, whats up with you sludge fucks

CaptainDooRight
February 29th 2012


30336 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i wanna 5 this soooooooooo bad

foxblood
October 20th 2012


6797 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

fucking rules, glad to see there are at last a few people that love this

foxblood
October 20th 2012


6797 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i'm considering 5'ing this too cap, it's damn close

foxblood
November 28th 2012


6797 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

more people need to hear this damn it

Kusangii
November 27th 2013


352 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Posting to remind myself to check this later. Sounds great so far

CaptainDooRight
May 12th 2014


30336 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

dam only 7 votes

this rules so hard

ShadowRemains
August 23rd 2014


21644 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

listened to a track from this on youtube

sounds a bit similar to hypocrite i.e. a good thing

JasonCarne
November 16th 2014


448 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This needs to have a higher score.

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