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Review: Moloch/Wyqm - Moloch/Wyqm

Label: Death Agonies and Screams
Year released: 2011
Duration: 34:02
Tracks: 6
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 4/5

Review online: April 16, 2011
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating

Rated 4/5 (80%) (6 Votes)
Sometimes split albums sound like they have multiple personality disorder because the bands really sound nothing alike, but in this particular case this is one that flows very well throughout. I was already familiar with Wyqm, but this is my first exposure to Moloch who have three out of the six tracks here, though Wyqm's tracks have no discernable "stops" and flow like just one long song.

Both bands present atmospheric/ambient, raw and mostly minimalistic Black Metal that sounds like it came out in the mid-90s from some of the better lo-fi Black Metal bands. It can be hard to tell things apart at times and you really have to work at this and concentrate to catch all the subtleties that would be completely lost to a casual listener. After a lot of listens I still hear things I didn't hear before. Yes, Virginia, behind that buzzing sound there are little treasures to be found – Black Metal style, of course.

Grinding guitars that are often as far from melodic as they can share the stage with more quiet, comparatively soothing and very melodic moments, but no matter what's coming out of the speakers, there's a common dark and gloomy atmosphere full of despair that you should steer clear of if you're having one of those days where you're contemplating extreme solutions, as this stuff will do anything but lift up your spirits. This is mostly slow-paced and amazingly crushing, practically pinning you to the ground from beginning to end. I could go on trying to describe this, but I think "soundtrack to the end of days" is not pushing it too much for a quick description. The vocals are agonizing screeches for the most part which just add oil to the fire.

No clear winner on this split – both bands complete each other and do a marvellous job of fucking you up. Only recommended to fans of minimalistic, raw, lo-fi depressing Black Metal.

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