Review Summary: "Songs without words"
It's pointless to write an introduction about composer John Zorn, his massive work speaks for irself (and there's no lifetime enough for that!). Nevertheless, Moonchild is one of many Zorn projects, that came to life in 2005. Formed by a trio of very talented musicians, Mike Patton on vox, Trevor Dunn on bass, and Joey Baron on drums, this project focus on the premise of playing "songs without words", as Zorn puts it. By 2006, this record also is his way back to hardcore music, after disbanding Naked City in 1993.
This album, under the baton of John Zorn, is one of the craziest works ever conceived in the field of experimental rock, hardcore, or avant-garde. The label is the last thing that matters in this brutal jumble of sounds, like a 3-track circus where maintaining attention and logical logic is a bit foolish. The sounds simply snatch away any act of consciousness from listening to a record and it seems that they put us into a war camp of all against all.
As for the music, it's quite agressive and noisy. Although there's not much variety here, the heavy and dark atmosphere throughout the record is quite strong, only to grow dull long before the finish line. Even so, this's some pretty intense act of expression. Patton makes one of the most manic interpretations of his entire career; Baron gets rid of rhythmic complexes and elaborates insensitive constructions challenging musical tracking patterns; and Dunn remakes his sound, distorting his bass as if there were no tomorrow in dizzying rifle and destructive lines that make him a very advanced performer. Everything conducted by Zorn himself.
is primal, inventive and very intense, sure, but it sounds very monotonous and uninspired at times, making this record a somewhat inicial sketch of a project that would become more interesting and even complex. Still is an impressive work which I appreciate even more the following albums (e.g. Astronomer
and Six Litanies for Heliogabalus