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Moloch – Verwüstung

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Hailing from the country of Ukraine, a country that I still haven’t had the pleasure of visiting and I want to, no matter what is going on there, a nation which features one of my personal favorite metal scenes and that I have a fascination over. In fact, all of Eastern Europe, I should add. I’ve learned all about its legends, landscapes and history and it makes me sad to see what is happening over there, not only there, but in many countries around the world as well. Unfortunately there’s no respect for diplomacy and international law anymore, but I digress, I’m reviewing today the latest release of Moloch.

 

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First of all, Moloch is very prolific and we must have in mind that it’s a one man band… Existing since the year 2002, created by Sergiy Fjordsson, Moloch has released countless EPs, splits, demos and full-length albums, over eighty! One aspect that I know nothing about the band was something that I was asked today about the band, if the band has a political stance or not. I don’t know and I don’t really mind this, for me, what matters most is the music, unless, of course, it’s something completely offensive to me.

 

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Among those releases, there are many great materials, others that the production quality wasn’t the best, some of the bands that were part of the split albums weren’t up to the level of Moloch, but now, in my modest view, this is Sergiy Fjordsson’s best album ever and I mean this about everything, even when it comes to the production. It’s still lo fi, but better than the previous ones. The album is a mix, a blend of Black Metal and Ambient.  Features a devastating, despairing feeling, decaying and tortured vocals, the desolation and negativity that is usual to his music, tremolo guitar riffs and blasting drums, all combined with the ethereal keyboard. This is one of my 2014 favorite releases, an album that shows how creative Sergiy Fjordsson is.

 

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To finish this review, or as I always like to say, simply my views and feelings over the album, I’m doing what I always do, that is to ask you to support the bands you enjoy. If you searched for one of the songs on youtube, for example, and want to support the band, buy the album on different editions from its own webstore, Depressive Illusions Records.

 

Until next time.

 

Grade: 9,7/10

 

Band: Moloch

 

Album: Verwüstung (2014)

 

Label: Human to Dust

 

Tracklist:

 

1. Todesstille

2. Blutmond

3. Spiritueller Selbstmord

4. Negativität

5. Nur der Tod ist wirklich

6. Die Kälte der Ewigkeit

7. Du bist nichts in dieser sterbenden Welt

8. Verwüstung

9. Frédéric François Chopin symphony

 

Moloch is:

 

Sergiy Fjordsson – All instruments, Vocals

 

Official Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Molochukr

 

Official Bandcamp: http://molochukr.bandcamp.com/

 

All photos belong to their rightful owners.

July 22, 2014

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