Friday, 11 July 2014

MotherSloth - Moribund Star - Review

Moribund Star cover art

Album Type: Album
Date Released: May 23rd 2014
Label: Self Released

Moribund Star - track listing:

1.Hazy Blur of Life 11:55
2. Holy Wall 07:03
3. Death Flower 08:11
4. Blackened Dawn 01:49
5. Dry Tears 10:06


MotherSloth is a Madrid-based band formed in 2008. In the band’s style, you can find several influences - 70’s inspired sounds combined with heavy guitar riffs and open chords, blended with spirally progressive melodies.

After various formations, the band records demos under the title “Death Flowers” (2009), and plays live throughout Madrid with other avant-garde stoner bands. In 2012, with a more defined musical path, MotherSloth recorded their debut EP “Hazy Blur Of Life“, edited in 2013 by Doom Records, a small label in Peru.

MotherSloth created and gathered a good impression after playing at Kanina Rock festival (2012+DVD), Madrid Stoner Festival (2013), and being featured in various compilations, genre specialized blogs, magazines and radios (see below).

In late 2013, MotherSloth decided to focus on the instrumental songs they have been writing throughout the years, recording their new LP “Moribund Star” (2014) and displaying their full power live.

Band Members

Alvaro : guitars
Gog : drums
Alex : bass
Dani : guitars


I have been listening to MotherSloth's debut album – Moribund Star – for the last few weeks now and what an album it fucking is. Moribund Star is an epic 40 minute blast of finely tuned Instrumental Sludge/Stoner/Doom Metal riffs. These guys are forging their own style of Instrumental Sludge/Stoner Metal to stand out from the crowd as one of the best upcoming Instrumental Rock bands within the Sludge/Stoner Scene.

First track – Hazy Blur Of Life – is an epic thunderous 11 minute blast primed to explode for gigantic riffs to slay you with. It's the perfect mix of Sludge/Stoner Metal riffs played with progressive rock precision you rarely hear from this kind of music. It oozes atmosphere that will have you hooked from the very first note is played. The pumping bass-line is what brings this track fully to life as Alex pounds the hell out of his weapon of destruction. Though the other band members all have an equal part to play in bringing MotherSloth to life and to cause some heavy damage on your hearing as things get very loud indeed.

If Hazy Blue Of Life was just meant as an introduction to MotherSloth then you ain't heard nothing yet. Wait until you hear the heavy as hell opening riffs from 2nd track – Holy Wall – as the band go all DOOM on us with some heavy guitar/drum combo brining this track closer to the edge of greatness . The band do play with your senses as they lay down a winning cocktail of slow-paced riffs and the more faster paced Sludge/Stoner Metal vibes when the time calls for it. When MotherSloth slow things down they add a jazz-like atmosphere to the album which I didn't expect at all. But don't worry normal business of heavy destructive riffs always wins out in the end. It's good to see the band showing their mellower and even funkier side.

MotherSloth are starting to gain a whole lot of exposure within the Doom/Sludge/Stoner Metal community and on this form it's not hard to see why. They have written an excellent debut album which crosses the realm of Instrumental Sludge/Stoner Metal while adding deft touches such as Progressive Rock which gives this album a highly addictive edge.

If you need more evidence on how great this album is, then please check out – Death Flower and Dry Tears. Two brilliantly written tracks that have enough power to leave you in a drug fuelled daze for a lifetime. MotherSloth are masters of riff. These guys have the potential to go a long way as they bring something daring, dangerous and wholly original to the table.

An incredible debut album. Hopefully someone will release this on Vinyl as it's the perfect album to be released on WAX. Check it out for yourself as Moribund Star is available to buy on BandCamp Buy Now. Don't know how long as it's quite a popular release at the moment. Miss this at your own risk.

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Written by Steve Howe

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