Review Summary: Like a Pollock abstract taking musical form.
October 2010 was marked by the unveiling of White Moth's new self titled album. R. Loren, the master- mind behind other projects like Pyramids
and Sailors With Wax Wings
, is also at the head of this project, as well.
Like Pyramids, White Moth utilize the same complexities and ambience in their music. However, mixes of hardcore, electronica, black metal, grindcore, and even some traces hip-hop can be found throughout the course of this album. Much of the musical variation in White Moth has to do mostly with R. Loren's choices in line-up. Colin Marston from black metal outfit Krallice, Alec Empire from Atari Teenage Riot, and Frodus' own Shelby Cinca are just some of the guest stars in the ever-expansive line-up.
Electro-hardcore opener, "There was a Man with Tongue of Wood" segues from a minute-long ambient drone to a series of catchy hardcore riffs couples with crazy synth samples. The vocals for this song and much of the whole album are hard to digest. In its defense, though, their indiscernible series of shrieks and moans makes the atmosphere seem, as a whole, more exciting and more accessible.
"The Sea was Blue Meadow" combines guitar riffs that could slay mythical beasts, chaotic C.O.C-esque vocalisation, and crazy ass samples to create a daring, yet strangely appealing, orchestra of creativity. However, the thing that sort of takes away from the album is that damn near every track ends with the ambient drone. It was pretty neat the first few songs, but it felt like something more could've been added at the last minute and a half of the song; something other than that drone.
But in the end, the album is fantastic. Bottom Line. There are so many different musical and technological elements that come together perfectly in this album; like a Pollock abstract taking musical form.