Moss
Sub Templum


4.0
excellent

Review

by rasputin USER (196 Reviews)
November 6th, 2008 | 141 replies | 14,089 views


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have a bus dropped on your face? Here’s your chance to find out.

7 of 7 thought this review was well written

I was lucky enough to first experience Sub Templum via good headphones, while immobile. The introductory ‘Ritus’ lulled me into a stupor, giving me a false sense of security about the album; it couldn’t be that heavy. Nevertheless, the five minute introduction went on for what seemed like forever, until BLAM. ‘Subterraen’. Comparing it to having a bus dropped on your face doesn’t even come close; Sub Templum is the soundtrack to the oceans flooding, the mountains moving and the world collapsing.

Hailing from the UK, Moss’ brand of megalithic doom is ludicrously heavy. Slower than that of most funeral doom, but not complying to said genres musical characteristics, Moss pummels the listener with such enormous riffs that it literally shakes your mind. Musically, that’s pretty much all that Sub Templum is about. The nature of the arrangements results in the album going for what seems like forever, but this is definitely an album that you can get lost within. Moss lead you into feeling like there is absolutely nothing else in the world, other than the uneasy suspense that comes before every single face shattering riff.

Complementing the colossal riffing, vocalist Olly Pearson fills the album with an ill-boded sense of dread. Long drawn out wails, thunderous screams, and gutturals akin to earthquakes, his vocals are a sublime accompaniment to Dominic Finbow’s massive guitar lines. At times fusing himself with the feedback, Pearson’s is a superb performance.

What may be seen as an unfortunate attribute of Sub Templum is that there is almost no variation whatsoever. Coming in at over an hour long, not being able to distinctively differentiate any of the songs will definitely be a complaint thrown at this album. However, what needs to be recognized is that Moss are not trying to do anything more with this. Sub Templum’s sole purpose is to crush you, and in every respect, it is successful. If you want to be sonically devastated on all levels, listen to this immediately, with volume on full.



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rasputin
November 6th 2008



14519 Comments


Wrote this up pretty quickly. There isn't much else to say, other than this is fucking crushing.

BallsToTheWall
November 6th 2008



44164 Comments


Yes, this is reviewed. Awesome, good record, it's nice to see your still a review machine. I lost it.

beans
November 6th 2008



2332 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

the cursing thing in the last paragraph doesnt need to be there man. you do such a good job of describing this anyway. you dont need it man. this sounds fucking heavy though.
i will download now.

Bleak123
November 6th 2008



1902 Comments


Good review :thumb:

This doesn't sound like something I'd enjoy though .This Message Edited On 11.06.08

rasputin
November 6th 2008



14519 Comments


Cheers guys.

the cursing thing in the last paragraph doesnt need to be there man. you do such a good job of describing this anyway. you dont need it man. this sounds ****ing heavy though.

Hmm okay, I'll take it out.
This doesn't sound like something I'd enjoy though

It's definitely a lot to handle.This Message Edited On 11.06.08

joshuatree
Emeritus
November 6th 2008



3743 Comments


album's really heavy, gets to be a bit too much for me though

marksellsuswallets
November 6th 2008



4848 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Slower than funeral doom?! Is that even possible?!?!

Bleak123
November 6th 2008



1902 Comments


It's definitely a lot to handle.

It probably doesn't help that I dislike the majority of doom.

combustion07
November 6th 2008



5341 Comments


I have to get this now because of the fact that it is too devastating for some people, it sounds amazing.

beans
November 6th 2008



2332 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

gets to be a bit too much for me though


i cannot wait to hear this

rasputin
November 6th 2008



14519 Comments


bunit you got AIM? if you do, rasputin614

beans
November 6th 2008



2332 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

yeah i do, ill add here in a sec

Anodyne
November 6th 2008



85 Comments


album rules

Shrapnel94
November 6th 2008



2213 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

sounds intresting, ill check it out.

beans
November 6th 2008



2332 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

album is ok, its just basically the same thing overa nd overa gain, and the long ass songs are just unecessary. heaviness is the only thing this album has going for it

charlesfishowitz
November 6th 2008



1794 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

slays for days, man..... slays for days

marksellsuswallets
November 6th 2008



4848 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

So this is pretty much like getting kicked in the face over and over and over again...

beans
November 6th 2008



2332 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

for over an hour yes. but getting kicked in the face by someone who has to repeat the same motion over and over again

rasputin
November 6th 2008



14519 Comments


yeahThis Message Edited On 11.06.08

charlesfishowitz
November 6th 2008



1794 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

fgts just dont understand



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