Moss - Tombs Of The Blind Drugged

Forming back in 2001, Southampton’s Moss seemed destined to redefine doom metal as we presently know it, recording experimental and innovative albums like 2005’s Cthonic Rites and 2008’s Sub Templum. Their current release Tombs Of The Blind Drugged, recorded late in 2008, carries the genre into a new level of dark and depressive atmospheres, as they incorporate keyboards, chants and archaic occult themes into their formula. There are shades of Abruptum and Exit 13 to be found on this album, though the warp of aesthetics runs deeper than simple comparisons with other bands. The album picks up where their last left off, reopening doors into long-forgotten crypts while touching on such subject matter as the films of Amando De Ossorio and the ancient sect of knights known throughout history as the Templars. Working at Foal Studios in Wales, the band achieve a plateau of desolation and emptiness enhanced by simplistic yet effective keyboard patterns, incessant feedback and tortured lead vocals that arrive closer to sounding like a centuries-old corpse trapped in its sarcophagus as the soul is trapped inside the body than any doom metal act has ever accomplished. Listening to this album is much like traveling long into past ages and discovering secrets not quite vanished from the earth.

1. Skeletal Keys
2. Tombs Of The Blind Drugged
3. Serpent
4. Maimed And Slaughtered
Rise Above
Reviewer: twansibon
Jul 7, 2009

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