|Review: Lost Tribes of the Moon - Lost Tribes of the Moon|
|Lost Tribes of the Moon|
Year released: 2018
Genre: Doom Metal
Review online: December 1, 2018
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
for:Lost Tribes of the Moon
Female-fronted Doom has become almost a mini-genre of its own these days with bands like Castle, Jess and the Ancient Ones, Jex Thoth, and Messa all taking their swing at occult sounds awash in heaviness and an often retro vibe. Lost Tribes of the Moon are definitely swimming in the more experimental end of the pool along with Messa, producing an eclectic and sometimes mesmerizing album.
The album presents a highly varied and individual sound, and sometimes I wish they would settle down into more of a groove, as while the parts are often excellent, the songs themselves are a bit too sprawling. Make no mistake, I like my Doom long and epic, but I also like a bit more focus. The riffs are crushing and hooky, often trading off with more melodic, acoustic sections. There's a bit of neofolk in this, a bit of prog rock, and a lot of Sabbathy heaviness. Vocalist Janine Rhode has a powerful midrange voice, and she sings with a lot of charisma and a real sense of drama.
There are only three real songs on here, as the other three tracks are all instrumental, but said songs all range between eight and thirteen minutes, so they are meaty slabs of Doom. The talent on display here is undeniable, I just feel like this band needs to work out more what they want to be, and what they want to do. With more coherent songwriting, this could be a great band. As it is, they are definitely one to watch.
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