Sometimes a band just comes out of nowhere and blows you away, that band today was The Moth Gatherer. Hailing from Sweden, the band have started making waves around the world including airplay on the UK’s BBC Radio 1 Rock Show (hosted by Daniel P Carter of Krokodil fame). One listen to the band’s second album The Earth Is The Sky shows why.
The influence of two of the most powerful bands on the planet (Cult of Luna and Neurosis) is clear on The Earth Is The Sky. While The Moth Gatherer have clearly looked at the blueprint, they have not copied those bands and added their own twist to it. Darkness shrouds this release; it’s brooding, depressing and tense. Nonetheless, there’s a sense that light will prevail running through the album like a river, which is understandable as the band was set up as a source of therapy. The mooding, foreboding guitars on ‘In Awe Before the Rapture’ build tempo and with added samples end with a powerhouse performance by the band. They have mastered the art of the build up and pay off, one my first listen I sat there in silence for a few minutes in awe of the art of the work I had listened to. When I returned to the album I found something new hiding in the release, The Earth Is The Sky is harrowing, sinister but ultimately incredible.
The album is not without its criticisms though. I felt that the band are clearly suited to writing longer tracks; with this release the longer the track, the better the release.
The Earth Is The Sky is a therapeutic work of art. If this band comes to the UK, I will be first in line to see them.
The Earth is The Sky track list:
1. Pale Explosions
2. Attacus Atlas
3. Probing the Descent of Man
4. Dyatlov Pass
5. The Black Antlers
6. In Awe Before the Rapture
The Moth Gatherer are:
Alex Stjernfeldt – Bass, Vocals
Victor Wegeborn – Guitars, Electronics, Vocals
Svante Karlsson – Drums