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Möse : Halfway to Nowhere

If you’re an inhabitant of Belgium, just the name of the band will tell you what you’ll find on this record. For 'möse' is the flemmish word for sludge. And Sludge Doom you’ll get here, as muddy and dark as the waters in the swamplands of the Ardennes. Yet, Möse is not your typical Eyehategod copycat: in fact, more than once, the flemmish trio cross the border of the heaviest Stoner Doom there is. No wonder when you know that some of the people involved in the band have played in both Thee Plague Of Gentlemen and Neuthrone.

So, the album goes on, with Hardcore-ish screamed vocals and tar-like riffs, played at the speed of a neurasthenic snail. Classic all the way, except when you came into the rare solos. Like I've said, it’s pure Psychedelic bonanza, and even sometimes going so far as to sound...Progressive. You have to listen to the two last songs (the great instrumental that is 'Gläss' and the long torture sequence of 'Halfway To Nowhere'). Between those two tracks, you’ll get no less than 24 minutes of heavy music, sounding like hot lead being poured into your ears. If only for those two mammoth pieces, you'll have already a great album. The rest, while not as long, is still good stuff (and even with what may be the first ever written Sludge song worthy of storming the charts: 'I Sleep With Demons' and its easy to remember chorus), and worthy of every european band this side of Crowbar.

Yet, while 'Halfway To Nowhere' is a good album, there is what I find a weak point. For a Sludge album, this one is damn clean. I have nothing against clean sounding, but to me Sludge MUST sound dirty and sick. Here it's just sick, cold and dark, with a lots of atmospheres, not unlike Ocean. This is very well done, and looks like it would be even more trippy when seen live. Yet, it misses dirt and favor instead that sweet desert dust taste you get in your mouth when listening to the most suffocating Stoner Doom. Which is indeed more original than it looks at first glance. In fact, Möse could very well represent the missing link between Stoner Doom and Sludge Doom.

Have you ever thought you could actually find a band that would mix the hallucinogens of Electric Wizard and the crusty hatred of Eyehategod? Look nowhere else, all you need is a heavy dose of Möse in your drink.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. People Eat Dogs In China
2. The Levee Will Break
3. I Sleep With Demons
4. Hijack Hotel
5. Machines
6. Gläss
7. Halfway To Nowhere

Duration : Approx. 52 minutes.

Visit the Möse bandpage.

Reviewed on 15-06-2009 by Laurent Lignon
Hate Your Guts Records
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