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Moksha : Supersilver Haze

While the track 'Temps Dolents' (french for "mournful times") could suggest that the band is from France, Moksha really hails from Spain. From reading other reviews of 'Supersilver Haze' they seem to have received quite a good response to their music. They are somewhat original and far from bad musicians, that's true. But will they appeal to doom metal fans? Perhaps...

There are some definite doom metal sections in the music, but they are few and far between. What is most likely to attract a doom fan to this CD is the fact that the music is often very similar to that of Crowbar. The vocalist Guillem Funollet has a voice that's strikingly similar to that of Kirk Windstein from Crowbar. I'm having a hard time telling the difference. Though it should be noted that this doesn't mean that they are unoriginal. Despite their similarity to Crowbar, they still lean more towards being a hard/sludgecore band. They incorporate a lot of different other elements into the music like progressive metal, hard rock, stoner rock and of course; doom metal.

What I personally liked the best about this CD was the semi-aggressive cover of Janis Joplin's song 'Move Over'. It is really fascinating to hear a pop song being turned into something un-mainstream and ugly, the opposite of what it is supposed to be. A big thumbs up for that one.

Despite that there clearly is some pretty good stuff on this CD, I can't say I agree with many of the reviews I've seen. It didn't blow me away or leave a memorable impression. At only 30 minutes it's also a bit short for a full length. It's an ok CD, but I'd only give it an average mark.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Down The Sun
2. Not Yet
3. Neurons
4. Old Time Story
5. Move Over
6. Temps Dolents
7. People Like To Fake
8. Voices Of The Street
9. My Actions

Duration : Approx. 30 minutes

Visit the Moksha bandpage.

Reviewed on 09-02-2006 by Arnstein Petersen
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