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Möse : Hog Mountin/Möse Split

The Sludge of the US based Hog Mountin lies somewhere inbetween Grief and Eyehategod. Ok, these references are hackneyed, but this is straight heavy sludge after all and there is not much more to say.

The vocal parts are typical: the guy screams his lungs out throughout the 3 tracks. The music is a thick, heavy, droning magma that now and then is lightened by a cool, laid-back and somewhat psychedelic lead guitar. That’s really the trademark of Hog Moutin. Regrettably, these harmonious and unconventional penchants do not last long and the music soon takes up its usual muddy and gloomy flow again. The band also uses audio samples of voice and speeches that are, in the context, original and certainly add to the otherwise rather sticky mixture. Hog Moutin is a good band, not exceptional, not groundbreaking, but there is in its music some elements I mentioned that would be worth digging into a bit to make the experience quite convincing.

On the other side of the split we have the Belgian Möse whose raw sound surprises quite a bit. This is all muffled and blurred. I suspect this is due to a lack of technical means, because I don’think this helps the music. The voice is more interesting than that of Hog Mountin; it has a hoarse tone that I like and it sometimes turns into frightening semi-growls. The pace is slow, slower than in Hog Mountin's songs, but it’s definitively less crushing. Again, there are some good strange upbeat and moody passages.

I must say I like that Belgian Sludge (no, the fact that I am Belgian has nothing to do with it!). There is something peculiar in it; it’s misanthropic Sludge Metal with a twist. Möse is a band that I will follow and I’m curious to hear some new material with proper production that gives more scope to the music.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
Hog Mountin:
1. Harvest Temple
2. 13 Horns
3. Dirt Worshipper

4. Fistful of Broken Nails
5. How To Kill a Pig
6. Atlas Shrugging

Duration : Approx. 57 minutes.

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Reviewed on 18-02-2009 by Bertrand marchal
No God Only Pain
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