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Review: Mog Ruith - Catatonic Stellar Illusions
Mog Ruith
Catatonic Stellar Illusions

Label: Independent
Year released: 2005
Duration: 47:04
Tracks: 8
Genre: Black/Thrash

Rating: 4.5/5

Review online: December 3, 2005
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating
Catatonic Stellar Illusions

Rated 4.17/5 (83.33%) (6 Votes)

Holy fucking hidden gem Batman! I had heard a bit about this local act but unfortunately missed them the couple of times I had a chance to see them live. I got a hold of this CD thanks to a poster on the board here who told me I just had to hear them. Mog Ruith are all over the place: Basically Black/Thrash with some melodic death metal influences, both musically and vocally. Some guitar melodies remind me of pre-suck In Flames (boy was that a loooong time ago), but overall it's a good mix of raw and somewhat melodic Black/Thrash riffage that send you into an headbanging frenzy - I can't help but think of the mighty Desaster when I listen to this stuff. Raw and melodic may sound like an oxymoron, but these guys pulled it off very well. The guitar work is definitely the highlight here - aggressive, raw and catchy and some very cool soloing which kind of save "The Ravenous King" from its 8+ minutes length. That song drags on for too long a bit, but just as you're about to get bored, in comes a cool little solo to put a smile on your face. Also starring is the vocal work, a bit of an hybrid between BM screeches and melodic death growls. It's one of the only times (the only other time I can recall being a Krisiun song) that extreme vocals have actually stuck in my head.

Other than a couple of songs that drag a bit too long, there really isn't much to complain about here. Mog Ruith offer a little gem of addictive material that you just won't get tired of. Why these guys aren't signed yet is beyond me. More exposure wouldn't hurt, as a Google search returned very little relevant results. Those into old school Black/Thrash should definitely give this one a listen. Or fifty.

Track Listing:
  1. Catatonic Stellar Illusions
  2. Blackened by the Spiritual Domain
  3. Heathen Blood
  4. Autumn Conquest
  5. Gathering of Desolates
  6. The Ravenous King
  7. The Ancient Ones (Live)
  8. Outro (Instrumental)
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