Lost Tribes Of The Moon
This self-titled dose of psychedelic female fronted doom is actually quite grand. After a trippy little intro called “The Rise and Fall Of Midian” that intertwines with acoustics and light drumming, we have “Wych Elm” which begins the record on an incredibly meaty note, although prog touches can almost certainly be found. After that, the frontwoman’s vocal harmonies seem to ebb and flow in a way that I’d consider very close to that of SubRosa. Instead of this being a female fronted Sabbath or Candlemass, Lost Tribes Of The Moon are going in a slightly different direction. I mean, there’s the obvious influence to be had, for sure – but this isn’t merely another Sabbath knockoff. The calculated progressive sections seem to appear just at the right moments too, not disrupting the flow of the vocal harmonies, and at the same time keeping me entertained and not bored. The song kicks up heaviness towards the latter half, rolling into a tremendous solo moment. The piece becomes truly beefy at this point, which we never saw coming from the beginning. If you were looking to bang your head, you’ll be pleased with this one. “Revenant” switches gear entirely, throwing all caution to the wind as it considers a thunderous rapport, yet also carries a tad bit of progressive rock in its sachel. There might be a bit of a fight going on between the frontwoman and the rest of the band however, and it seems like she has to really belt it out on the microphone to be heard over the chunkiness of these guys. They could have raised the vocals just a little bit more, but it seems like they wanted to capture as organic a performance as possible and I won’t fault that with all of my technical mutterings. A brilliant solo follows shortly after, leading us into the “blink and you’ll miss it” nature of “Ka-Tet” wherein flashes of Roland, his dog Oy, Detta/Susannah, Jake and the others all sit around a camp fire with the tower clearly in view. Though isn’t it always clearly in view when you’re in Mid-World? Some people actually believe that there’s a world where all of this exists, as well as the fact that Stephen King himself was a part of the Loser’s Club and battled Pennywise in real life. They purport that the creature will return in 2038 to devour the world. If you’re interested in this bizarre, but intriguing conspiracy; you can research it for yourself. As for me personally, I do feel that it is a neat thought. Though there is certainly a time where you can get so out of touch with reality that Grant Morrison needs to bop you on the head and bring you back to the world of the living. Don’t magick too hard, bros and bro-ettes. Did I just make up that word? Anyway, back to the album.
The next cut here is actually the last full-length piece offered before the outro and it is the band’s namesake song. Following much the same formula, it features a swirl of meditative musical waves that eventually erupt into a fiery volcano of doom. That doesn’t even explain the massive amount of tempo changes used throughout, as well as the breath-taking solo moment that simply cannot be denied and fully cements the band’s namesake. I think after this one, we’re definitely going to know who Lost Tribes Of The Moon are. The final cut is called “In Search Of New Midian” and those theremins definitely seem to add an eerie vibe to the desert acoustics featured in the beginning of the piece. A decidedly middle-eastern feel definitely lends weight to this soundscape. Though I find myself a bit puzzled after the listen and wonder why the band isn’t able to mix these soundscapes in with their doom. The record contains two fantastic introduction pieces that are far removed from doom metal, but as the doom metal comes into play, the folk-inspired and almost soundtrack-esque acoustic soundscapes are then removed as if they never existed and I’m hearing the sound of two different bands. I definitely feel that these sections should be more cohesive and perhaps they will be in the band’s next outing. Because if you’re so good at these soundscapes, why throw them into the background? In any case, Lost Tribes Of The Moon are definitely worth keeping an eye on and have a firm handle on not only doom metal, but the artistic tapestries required in creating a great soundscape. Check it out at the link below.
(6 Tracks, 38:00)
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