The Earth Is The Sky, the 2015 sophomore album from Swedish miserabilists The Moth Gatherer, gave post-Metal a real kick up the arse: its spacey, synth-drenched starkness oozed intensity, passion, and musicality, and possessed natural – if occasionally long-winded – invention. Latest long-player Esoteric Oppression (both Agonia Records), their first without founder member Alex Stjernfeldt, sees that sparkle given an added cohesion which can only enhance their burgeoning reputation. Continue reading
One of our favorite underground record labels is Agonia Records, releasing killer music from bands like Arsis, Visceral Disgorge, Varathon, Lucifer’s Child, Demonical, Ragnarok, Halcyon Way, King Parrot, Aboyrm, The Moth Gatherer, Code, Glorior Belli, October Tide, Impiety and many more. The label is having a huge sale of all their digital releases and CDs on the label right now at a deep discount. Head over to their Bandcamp page right now to check out the sale, and support these great bands. Continue reading
Swedish atmospheric doom/sludge metallers The Moth Gatherer is streaming their newly released album The Earth Is The Sky, out now via Agonia Records, here. The album was recorded over a period of two years in three different studios. Mixing & mastering duties were taken care of by Karl Daniel Lidén (Dozer, The Old Wind, Switchblade, Terra Tenebrosa). The artwork has been made by SCG, while Swedish printer, EJG, prepared the layout, creating an exclusive painting for each of the six tracks on the album. The album features David Johansson (Kongh), Wacian (Code), The Cuukoo (Terra Tenebrosa) and Thomas Jäger (Monolord).
01: Pale Explosions
02: Attacus Atlas
03: Probing The Descent of Man
04: Dyatlov Pass
05: The Black Antlers
06: In Awe Before The Rapture
Alex – Bass and Vocals
Victor – Guitars, Electronics and Vocals
Svante – Drums
Swedish post metal outfit The Moth Gatherer have just released their second album, The Earth is the Sky (Agonia) Apparently the band was started to help deal with the loss of loved ones, which is believable given the dark, melancholic nature of the music on offer.
From the opening notes of the excellent ‘Pale Explosions’, here is six tracks of dark, slowly unfolding depression via the medium of crushing riffs. As with any good post-metal record, there’s plenty of light and shade; the vocals swing between sombre melodies and almost Jamey Jasta-like screams, while the riffs juxtapose between clean quiet moments and wall of sound heaviness. It’s long, winding and largely instrumental, with the focus being on the unnerving nature of the music rather than a verse-chorus-verse-solo song structure.
‘Attacus Atlas’ is nine minutes of atmospheric and claustrophobic guitar work. ‘Dylatlov’s Pass’ is a largely ambient interlude that acts as a long respite before the droning noise of ‘The Black Antlers’, while album closer ‘In Awe Before the Rapture’ slowly builds via clean riffs and spoken word passages towards a slow but hypnotic finally.
Post metal is a hard style of music to get right, and despite having some really good moments and starting strong, The Earth is the Sky starts to fade away by the end of the record. It lacks the variety and quality song writing to keep you entertained right to the very end. However, when they’re good, The Moth Gatherer are very good and well worth your time if you’re into this kind of music.
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The band have completed the writing and recording of the album, and Karl Daniel Lidén (Terra Tenebrosa, Grammy nominated Switchblade album) will be mixing and mastering the album.
Alex – bass and vocals
Victor – guitars, electronics and vocals
Svante – drums
Experimental two-piece Swedish sludge merchants The Moth Gatherer have trodden a long hard road to get their first record out, working on music together in various incarnations since at least 2006. But after a two-year writing/recording process, their debut album A Bright Celestial Light is finally out worldwide, on Agonia Records. Ghost Cult chewed the fat with Alex Stjernfeldt, discussing the painful inspiration lying behind the new album’s darkness, and the long, difficult process of moving towards life in the light. Continue reading
To follow blindly is unwise. One should always question the path they walk. But the path we’re tasked to follow during the debut album by Swedish duo Alex Stjernfeldt and Victor Wegeborn, collectively known as The Moth Gatherer, is so compelling that no questions need to be asked. Sometimes it’s better to be swept up and taken away. Continue reading