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Moss : Tombs of the Blind Drugged

Nearly a full year after their masterpiece 'Sub Templum', The Southampton Shoggoths are back with a new piece of musical devastation. Compiling three EPs, will this CD be a worthy follow-up? I would say no, for a great variety of reasons. Still, this is great music. Let me explain.

Moss seems to have bee a bit lazy on this one, as the 2 first pieces sounds like tracks that were scheduled for 'Sub Templum', but weren't kept in the end. You'll find the usual Moss trademark (i.e. ultra sludgy and sick Doom), with the different bonuses brought to their music on 'Sub Templum' (very eerie keyboards, moisty sound), all this packed in an even more extremist musical approach. If you like your music as dirty, dark and extreme as possible, then you'll enjoy those 2 songs, as there are simply a more extreme version of 'Sub Templum'. Which I rather find somewhat dull imo. Don't go mad at me, I am an hardcore Moss fan if there ever was one. Still, where between 'Chtonic Rites' and 'Sub Templum' there was some sort of sound evolution, here you won’t find one. Musically good, but disappointing as a follow-up.

The third son, 'Serpent', also comes from an EP. It’s a damn fine 11 minutes long piece of audial pain, more like a Crust version of 'Chtonic Rites' . Once again, it's musically great as a lone song, but it sounds dull when listened in a middle of an album. To finish, the classic cover song of Discharge, that was already available on their excellent split with french Monarch. Now, why re-release a song that was available elsewhere? As the Pope Benedict XVI said: "people not owning something to listen to vinyls should be burnt at the stake!!" Good boy. The cover is as good and as sick as before, one of the best covers done by Moss and one of the best to have befallen Discharge. I'm pretty sure that Margaret Thatcher got her Alhzeimer after having been forced to listen to it continuously.

The problem with 'Tombs of the Blind Drugged' is that it sounds too much like a compilation than a real album. EPs are generally made so that the bands can trip: better release 2 bad songs than a whole album full of these. As it goes, 'Tombs of the Blind Drugged' is a worthy addition to your collection only if you're a Moss freak (which indeed I am). For the others, go check 'Sub Templum' instead, if you haven't already done it.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Skeletal Keys
2. Tombs Of The Blind Drugged
3. Serpent
4. Maimed And Slaughtered (Discharge cover song)

Duration : Approx. 40 minutes.

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Reviewed on 09-07-2009 by Laurent Lignon
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