CD REVIEW Moonless

Band: Moonless
Title: Calling All Demons
Label: Doomentia Records
Distribution: Shellshock - Plastic Head - Cargo
Release date: March 2012
Review: CD

Young Danish act Moonless debut with Calling All Demons, which was recorded during a three-day session in the backroom of a car museum (an Austin veteran car museum, to be more specific) on the Danish isle of Samsø. The members were originally active within the Danish Punk/ Hardcore scene (in bands like Village Idiot, No Hope For The Kids or Hjertestop, for those who are trusted with this scene), but Moonless are another cup of psychotropic tea.

The debut, Calling All Demons, consists of six tracks with a total running time of thirty nine minutes, which gives a pretty long average length for each song, yet this fits perfect to the majestic and magnificent Doom-hymns of Moonless. Opener “Mark Of The Dead” combines Saint Vitus-alike Über-Doom Metal with Stoner/ Rock elements in the vein of Orange Goblin and Cirith Ungol, and flavouring the whole with an atmosphere reminiscent to Cathedral-meet-Black Sabbath. Tradition with persuasion, can it get any better, any more convincing? Next songs go on in the very same vein, combining ultra-heavy Doom riffs with a heavy-as-f*ck rhythm section, perfectly combining Doom-laden Metal atmospheres with psychedelic and/ or somewhat ‘traditional’ Stoner/ Rock melodies, seeking inspiration in spheres of Seventies and Eighties Majesty (and then I’m referring again to acts like (still and especially) Black Sabbath, as well as Candlemass, Mercy, Saint Vitus, Trouble and even Deep Purple). The album evolves somewhat. As from the third track, “Horn Of The Ram”, it all comes with a rocking vibe, guitar-driven, rather than dwelling into (Traditional) Doom (Metal) spheres, yet maintaining that occult and psychedelic grandeur.

It’s bluesy, cheesy, tasty and catchy, it’s primal yet straight to the point, it’s as occult as it is rock’n’rolling, and therefore Calling All Demons is highly recommendable to every fan of Doom-injected and Seventies-inspired Heavy Rock.

80/100

Ivan Tibos.