Moss
Tombs of the Blind Drugged


3.5
great

Review

by rasputin USER (196 Reviews)
May 9th, 2009 | 56 replies | 10,780 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: mossy

5 of 5 thought this review was well written

There really isn’t much to say about Moss that hasn’t already been said; they deliver the goods. Last year’s Sub Templum lowered the monolithic trio to even deeper levels, and solidified the band as one of the best sludge acts going around today. Rather than trying to progress their sound, Tombs of the Blind Drugged simply restates Moss’ already successful formula of tormented shrieks over slow and devastating riffs. As an EP, concessions have been made; the typical overwhelming track lengths are somewhat absent, and with the slightly heightened accessibility of shorter tracks, Tombs of the Blind Drugged is all the more inviting.

An important difference to note is that vocalist Olly Pearson makes more of an appearance on the EP compared to earlier Moss records; his vocal presence is far more abundant, and this simply furthers the demoralizing nature of his screams. However, with Pearson’s slight emphasis, it seems that there is less of an opportunity for the band to focus on vast and saturating riffs.

This is not to say that the ‘heavy’ element of Moss’ music is absent, just that there is something of a tamer feel to the EP in musical terms (although this may be a result of the fairly subdued production). A comparison with ‘Subterrean’ sums up my feelings in regards to the EP’s somewhat restrained face-crunching.

Nevertheless, it doesn’t really matter that Tombs of the Blind Drugged sounds different to earlier releases, because it delivers over forty minutes of crushing sludge. The riffs on the first three tracks are simple yet effective, and the cover of early hardcore band Discharge drags out the punk classic to five times its original length, in true Moss style. The piercing guitar tone is utterly harrowing, and leaves the track as possibly the best thing on the EP.

Ultimately, Tombs of the Blind Drugged lacks the complete saturation and continuity that their full lengths provide, but in its stead delivers a slightly more presentable packaging of its sound, their genre of extreme sludge doom notwithstanding.



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Spare
May 9th 2009



5250 Comments


needs more crushing

Digging: Radiator Hospital - Torch Song

fireaboveicebelow
May 9th 2009



6837 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

album cover is grim, will get this if it's any more bearable than sub templum

AtavanHalen
May 9th 2009



17927 Comments


DON'T GOOGLE THE QUESTION, MOSS!

joshuatree
Emeritus
May 9th 2009



3743 Comments


yeah i liked this a lot more than you

Meatplow
May 9th 2009



5524 Comments


i'll look into this

Wizard
May 9th 2009



19206 Comments


Last year’s Sub Templum lowered the monolithic trio to even deeper levels, and solidified the band as one of the best sludge acts going around today.

One time I was listening to that album with my bass turned way low and I shat my pants. Brown noise!

I think I may get this, despite the short length songs (which doesn't really make sense for a band that takes a millenium for their songs to go anywhere). Excellent stuff.

Digging: Monarch - Sabbracadaver

jingledeath
May 9th 2009



7104 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

like this lots

charlesfishtitz
May 9th 2009



784 Comments


hey great work man

kingsoby1
Emeritus
May 9th 2009



4938 Comments


mm sludge

poweroftheweez
May 9th 2009



1290 Comments


will be getting this. nice work per usual rasp.

rasputin
May 9th 2009



14515 Comments


why did you abort



jesus is crying

Waior
May 9th 2009



11425 Comments


Is it inappropriate to seed through your reviews and chuckle at the album's song titles?

rasputin
May 9th 2009



14515 Comments


maybe

Waior
May 9th 2009



11425 Comments


well chuckle chuckle

Zippermouth
May 10th 2009



1305 Comments


*shudders*
So about how long are the tracks?

rasputin
May 10th 2009



14515 Comments


1. 12:28
2. 10:51
3. 11:17
4. 5:53

Douglas
May 10th 2009



9052 Comments


DON'T GOOGLE THE QUESTION, MOSS!

Random IT CROWD quotation.

rasputin
May 10th 2009



14515 Comments


It wasn't entirely random.

Douglas
May 10th 2009



9052 Comments


Haha, yeah I didnt take note of the band name.


This Message Edited On 05.10.09

Zippermouth
May 10th 2009



1305 Comments


That's pretty long for an EP. Maybe I'll get it, just to submit myself to more unnecessary torment.



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