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Moss : Moss/Nadja Split

At first, British funeral/sludge doom outfit Moss, and Canadian funeral/ambient project, Nadja may seem like an odd pairing... and even after having listened to the disc, I'm still convinced that it is an odd pairing. Then again, perhaps there is an 'opposites attract' theme going on here. Moss being the raw, crushing, primitive doom, to Nadja's elegant and atmospheric funeral doom. At the very least, it certainly makes listening to both tracks interesting.

Let's begin with Moss, seeing as how they have the first track on this split. Crushing, would certainly be an understatement... the sheer heaviness of the music which Moss create, is simply astounding. I don't think there is a good enough word in the English language to explain it. Listening to Moss is like being sucked into a dirty, primitive black hole... One from which there is no escape.

Nadja's track is certainly atmospheric, however, unilke other Nadja releases, this song seems to be a bit more dirty... perhaps, to fit in a bit with Moss... Or perhaps, we are simply seeing a different side of this project. Regardless, it is as elegant, and trance-inducing as ever. Nadja manage to weave atmospherics, and droning guitars seamlessly... and in the process, create something that is worthy of deep contemplation.

So, indeed, a disc of opposites... But it works. Moss is the stark nihilism, to Nadja's veiled misanthropy. Bottom line: great mini album. Be sure to pick this up sooner, rather than later.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. ...Of Flesh and Blood

2. I Am As Earth

Duration : Approx. 20 minutes

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Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Matt Zuchowski
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