The Moth Gatherer – The Earth is the Sky

The Moth Gatherer - The Earth is the Sky

The Moth Gatherer [Sweden]
The Earth is the Sky
2015
Full Length
Agonia Records
Atmospheric Doom/Sludge Metal

The first time I heard of The Moth Gatherer was 2 years ago with their last album, A Braight Celestial Light. Not knowing better then, the Swedes were a novelty in terms of the epic soundscape that they managed to create and the fusing of post rock elements into their style of metal. 2 years later, the band returns with their brand new effort The Earth is the Sky, which led me to revisit A Braight Celestial Light resulting in new insights, and better appreciation of these Swedes.

Keeping in line with the style of atmospheric doom/sludge metal that the band had craeted with A Braight Celestial LightThe Earth is the Sky doesn’t shy away from a huge, crushing atmosphere while indulging in a slow, doom pace. From the moment the album kicks off with Pale Explosions, one is buried under a slew of heavy, oppressive riffs. The shouting-styled vocals on The Earth is the Sky, along with the atmosphere created by the band at times reminded me of the works of bands such as Kylesa. At the same time, the progressive elements, and that penchant to switch between different moods with such ease and flair, is also somewhat reminiscent of the works of Baroness.

As the album progresses, one would soon realise that The Moth Gatherer has gotten noticeably darker on The Earth is the Sky, with much heavier emphasis on the ominous moments on the record through the ambience and atmosphere created. That black metal moment on The Black Antlers is one such example. Yet the things that made the band such a unique and enchanting entity are retained – from that slight electronic influences like on Attacus Atlas, to the contrasting, lighter, post rock moments that serve only to reinforce the onslaught that comes before and after that. Such moments like on Probing the Descent of Man and the instrumental Dyatlov Pass help to give that slight sense of hope, like the light at the end of the tunnel.

While I wouldn’t consider The Earth is the Sky an album that is more diverse in its influences than A Braight Celestial Light, on their sophomore The Moth Gatherer has explored the themes and styles that they created on their debut much more deeply, resulting in a listening experience that is much more entrancing and rewarding.

Tracklisting:

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

Favourite picks: Attacus Atlas

The Moth Gatherer on the internet:
Official website
Facebook
Agonia Records

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