Black Moth
Anatomical Venus


4.0
excellent

Review

by Chamberbelain CONTRIBUTOR (192 Reviews)
March 6th, 2018 | 8 replies


Release Date: 2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Rowdy riff-worshipping garage rock injected with distorted psychedelia and morbid undertones.

Countless bands think that wider expansion, more daring progression and more relevant and present-day concepts are the keys to developing their musical careers, and while these factors do help these bands gain a larger audience and hone their talents, they unknowingly following the same course as every other band treads: a flock of sheep, each one with a different coloured wool. Thus, isn’t it refreshing, every once in a while, to listen to a band whose principal focus is on simply creating an album full of nothing more than beefy riffs and infectious vocals"

Not that Black Moth’s third album lacks development or thematic inspiration- far from it. Yet, instead of drifting away from the simple techniques that make them successful, they stick to the same formula as their previous albums, subsequently maturing and mastering their uniquely ‘mothic’ sound with each release. Complete with new guitarist Federica Gialanze, “Anatomical Venus” reveals itself as Black Moth’s heaviest effort to date and one that guides their mothic sound- a dark and wild blend of garage rock, dripping with revved-up distortion and hallucinating psychedelia- to a place where the hooks are sharper and the focus more collective.

“Anatomical Venus” is centralised around the waxwork female figures that were crafted to educate the 18th Century on human anatomy and biology. Complete with removable organs, glass eyes and genuine human hair, these figures were often sculptured in seductive poses and alluring expressions, contrary to their grisly use. Named after the Goddess of love, beauty and fertility, the Anatomical Venus symbolised the relationship between science, mythology and art. Black Moth’s music has always illustrated a darker, macabre undertone and they honour the concept that their new album draws influence from in tracks such as the provocative “Severed Grace” where Harriet Hyde mimics the waxwork’s constant alluring expressions by inviting the dissector to ‘Come in, come in, come in’ during the chorus suggestively. Other tracks, namely “Screen Queen” and “Pig Man”, are more upbeat and punky, and relate the models observing the world around them to modern times, illustrating vanity and monotony in the former and disgust and perversion in the latter.

In spite of the bizarre allure the Anatomical Venus’s exhibit and how Black Moth represents their character, it’s the music itself that makes this album so engaging. At this point, Black Moth could base their albums and songs around absolutely anything providing they continue to churn out meaty riffs like it’s the most natural thing in the world. Indeed, the riffs are as malleable and slick as the wax in which the anatomical cadavers are modelled from. “A Lover’s Hate” and “Sisters of the Stone” are the faster tracks on the album where gambolling drums collide against jazzy riffs a la Uncle Acid and Kylsea, meanwhile, “Moonbow” features muscular rhythms that flex between spiralling solos spidery melodies. Furthermore, peeling back the skin of Black Moth reveals the secret to what makes them so irresistibly accessible, most notably in the opener, “Istra”. Here, all members of the band are in perfect coordination with each other. The outcome of this collective focus is that when the infectious main riff, dreamy melodies and soaring chorus align, “Istra” sounds colossal.

Once again, Black Moth has created a brilliant album. One that oversees the band mastering their skills in place of any dramatic progression and one that continues their knack for producing irresistibly catchy songs while romanticising the macabre side of life. Three albums down, all Black Moth need to do to become more popular is keep doing what they’re already proficient in doing. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.



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Dewinged
March 6th 2018


11062 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great review Chamb! Thanks for covering this, really enjoying this album lately. "Istra" is THE jam!

Digging: Emma Ruth Rundle - On Dark Horses

Rockjocky
March 7th 2018


7 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Spot on review. A thoroughly enjoyable album. Thanks Chamberbelain!

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
March 7th 2018


8777 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

So glad you reviewed this. I can’t tell if I’m enthralled or completely underwhelmed by this. There’s places that amaze me but they fade quickly

Dewinged
March 7th 2018


11062 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I only checked the full album once cause i get stuck in the opener every time I try it.

Dewinged
March 11th 2018


11062 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Damn, I knew this was not gonna get much attention. It's a shame, really enjoyable album.

Dewinged
March 22nd 2018


11062 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Fuck this is so good, I am gonna give it a good rating bump.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
March 22nd 2018


8777 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

The good didn't outweigh the bad for me here.

Dewinged
March 22nd 2018


11062 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I know man, for me it has all the ingredients I love in a record but I can see it may lack depth for a lot of people here.



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