In battle, in life, in the music business, there is nothing like having a plan of attack to help you achieve what you want to get out of any or all of them… and you certainly cannot fault Newcastle noiseniks Metal Moth for not planning ahead, with this debut EP already scoped out as being the first of three in a series to come out in short succession (they’ve apparently already started laying down tracks for the follow up, ‘Reign’, and scheduled it for release early next year…).
For a young band, MM have an extremely mature sound which draws on a wide variety of influences – from Black Sabbath to Alice In Chains, Clutch to Creed – but very much delivered with their own twist. The twin guitars of Mark Gibbons and Chris Fisher bump, grind and groove with an electric tension that sparks and vibrates as much as they thump and thrump, while Kurt Hudson’s vocal is rich, dark, deep and mellifluous, developing the character of the songs with the skill of an artisan dramatist. Natalie Gaines’ drums are solid and precise yet fluid enough to carry the flow of the songs, while David Collinson’s bass work is exemplary with some neat little runs thrown in to counterpoint the angst of the guitar work at appropriate moments.
A highly accomplished debut which deserves every praise heaped upon it and bodes well for the future of this young band (despite what I will say is a pretty daft name!).
Moth To The Flame / One More Time / Melt Down / Metal Maniac
‘Rise’ is released on November 11 and can be ordered via https://www.facebook.com/MetalMoth