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Review: Moloch - Stiller Schrei Des Winters (2002-2012)
Stiller Schrei Des Winters (2002-2012)

Label: Metallic Media
Year released: 2012
Duration: 71:51
Tracks: 18
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 2/5

Review online: May 2, 2013
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Readers Rating
Stiller Schrei Des Winters (2002-2012)

Rated 3.5/5 (70%) (2 Votes)

This is another one-man band that has released 11 full-length albums over the past decade, along with 7 demos, 13 compilations, 7 boxed sets, 9 EPs, and a staggering 33 split albums. To say this dude is prolific would be a major understatement. This particular disc is a compilation encompassing works from the entire decade of the band's existence.

It's not that I inherently dislike ambient BM, it's just that the subgenre is too often a breeding ground for pretentious, no-talent hacks who can't write a song. Moloch don't fall entirely into that category, but there is still not nearly enough songwriting going on here to maintain the momentum of this disc. When the guy cranks up the guitars, he gets a good, harsh tone that really sells the bleak atmosphere he wants, but then too much of this disc is pointless noodling and muttering without any kind of musical idea to give it shape and impetus. It all sounds like buildup to a payoff that never comes, and you spend the entire album waiting for the good part to start but it never does. There are some nice melodies buried in the works here, but mostly this is just boring.

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