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The Moon Mistress : Demo 2010

Russian doom that isn't another bad My Dying Bride clone? Sign me up!

This four track demo should instantly evoke feelings of Electric Wizard, as well as a sludgier, drunken version of Sleep. As the demo plods on, I'm also very much reminded of Doomraiser. Certainly not bad company to be in.

Opening track 'VVitches' starts of groovy, and almost up-tempo, when compared to the next two songs. Second track, 'The Wicker Man' slows things down a bit more, and this is really when the Electric Wizard influence can be heard. It's also the point when I wish the drummer would've laid off a bit on the cymbals, but I'll let it slide.

Moving on to 'Metropolis', and it's the first time I've really noticed the vocals. Clean, and very well suited to this style of heavy riffing doom, but perhaps a bit buried in the mix. The quieter parts are nice as well (...and rather Sabbathian, too): sit back, relax, and wait for the guitar to come churning back in once the final track starts. Self-titled; it brings us back to the groovier style of the opener (with an attempt at more epic-style vocals--not a bad idea, but not a great execution. I suppose this is why they're buried--know your limits, and work around them).

In the end, fans of Electric Wizard and Sleep will not regret seeking this one out. Sure, it's nothing terribly original. What it is though, is some well done sludgy, groovy, heavy doom. Recommended!

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. VVitches
2. The Wicker Man
3. Metropolis
4. The Moon Mistress

Duration : Approx. 29 minutes

Visit the The Moon Mistress bandpage.

Reviewed on 27-06-2010 by Matt Zuchowski
Hate Your Guts Records
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