Sallow Moth
The Larval Hope


4.0
excellent

Review

by Robert Garland CONTRIBUTOR (344 Reviews)
March 26th, 2020 | 36 replies


Release Date: 01/15/2020 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Rise of the lepidoptera.

Death metal’s transformation has been consistently turbulent over the course of the last three decades. Pioneers have come, gone and returned - launching quality releases that spread over the typical confines of the genre and shared in moments of innovation that would inspire many more acts to follow. But for all death metal’s flaws, imitators and hype train dependency, the genre has pushed forward into many variations of the same thing. Sallow Moth, which features Cara Neir mastermind Gary Brents, however takes the inspiration of death metal’s heavyweights and brings imaginative moth-based story-telling his own decidedly un-Cara Neir death metal jaunt. Moths? Well yeah. Given that but a few years ago metalheads everywhere were on their knees worshiping slug-metallers Slugdge’s Esoteric Malacology (and if you haven’t the foggiest what I’m on about here it’s more than worth the time and the context boost) the avant-fantasy storyline becomes quite simpler to digest - a feature made even more commendable by the album’s very digestible thirty-two minute run time.

The Laval Hope’s particular style however is a molten collection of heavyweights that seemingly diversify in repeated listens. In this regard Sallow Moth lean heavily on the discordant soundscapes found in the likes of Cynic and Dismember but the act’s penchant for sound miscellany propels them past the legions of modern death metal acts all glued to the same formulation of riffs and growls. The lumbering start found in “Noxious Revival” turns quickly into a deafening march, chock full of solid percussive moments and peppered with fills, but it’s the use of dissonant melody that becomes almost catchy, tying in both contextual album theme and instrumentality. An echoing flurry of notes melt into a tasteful guitar solo and the listener becomes deeply invested in Sallow Moth’s tales of fantastic lepidopterology.

Brent’s naturality for changing tempos within songs also adds to the record’s ability to be played repeatedly without creating too much ear fatigue. “The Laval Hope (Piercer of Shells)” moves from a typical death metal onslaught to that of a track built with heavy doom in mind. It’s another point to the record’s overall diversity combining the album’s titular effort with “Temporal Trespass” into a massive one-two punch of modern death metal. Sure, some of the tempo and style changes found during The Laval Hope’s run time often lend themselves to a realm of off-kilter, occasionally spacious bearings but each track is highly approachable death metal. It’s a feature further complemented by being listened to in one sitting - context in mind.

As “Glimpse the Unthinkable” wraps up the album’s thirty-two minute run time, Sallow Moth looks to close this particular moth-filled chapter. Despite being the longest of the album’s compositions, the song returns to death metal’s pioneering sound foundations. This gives The Laval Hope a wholesome, "close of cycle" feel even as the track moves to minimalistic beats and ringing chord progressions. Gary Brents screams and rather Demilich-ian growls remain equally vicious over the course of the group’s 2020 release ensuring that The Laval Hope stays fierce from it’s less than humble beginnings to the precipice and closure of its final, more resounding moments.



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Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
March 26th 2020


12850 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Name your price buy/stream here:



https://sallowmoth.bandcamp.com/album/the-larval-hope

JokineAugustus
March 26th 2020


9922 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Hell yeah. Glad someone reviewed this.

Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
March 26th 2020


12850 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah dude, a few decent death metal gems to come out this year as well as a couple of majors.

parksungjoon
March 26th 2020


21673 Comments


and so nocte's dominion over the sput reviewz began

parksungjoon
March 26th 2020


21673 Comments


damn gr8 job dude u got me all hard n shit

guess i need to hear this then

Jacquibim
Staff Reviewer
March 26th 2020


4271 Comments


Jesus Christ you're a machine

Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
March 26th 2020


12850 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

^that's what coronavirus said?

DungeonBoy
March 26th 2020


7938 Comments


Whenever I can stop listening to the new Ulcerate track, i'm gonna give this review the ol once over and rejam this record.

TheSpirit
Contributing Reviewer
March 26th 2020


26977 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Fantastic record, and Garry is great people.

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Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
March 26th 2020


12850 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

and so nocte's dominion over the sput reviewz began





And so begins the third age of men.

Scoot
March 27th 2020


20092 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

sick album





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Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
March 27th 2020


12850 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

You know what's a sick album?



Dis Ulcerate album right here is a sick album.

Dewinged
Contributing Reviewer
March 27th 2020


21217 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"Glad Nocte reviewed this." [2]



For real, great album.

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Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
March 27th 2020


12850 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks Dew babe

MementoMori
March 27th 2020


907 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This does sound interesting.

Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
March 27th 2020


12850 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

and for whatever reason will stay relatively under the radar this year.

teamster
March 28th 2020


5083 Comments


Yeay Nocte is staff! Oh wait...

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Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
March 28th 2020


12850 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

You've been copy/pasting that comment for some time now.

teamster
March 28th 2020


5083 Comments


You know those scenes in Shawshank Redemption about getting books for his library...

MarsKid
Contributing Reviewer
March 28th 2020


11614 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Somewhere around a 4.2 and 4.3 I think, which just makes me long for more decimals.

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