Monday, 8 June 2015

Morass of Molasses - 'So Flows Our Fate' EP (Review)

By: Hunter Young

Album Type:  EP
Date Released: 18/4/2015
Label: Wicked Boy Records


The riffs are huge, catchy, and fuzzy in that oh so addictive way that oscillation gets. ‘Fear to Tread’, song 3 of the 4, has a massive little riff run, simple, but they are able to just do so much with the bare bones.

‘So Flows Our Fate’ CD//DD//LP track listing:

1). Rotten Teeth
2). Ashtabula
3). Fear To Tread
4). Bear River

The Review:

A lot of bands now are still trying for that technical playing edge, hoping to add that one extra note in a crazy, probably inhuman run, but no one seems to understand riffing and heavy rocking are all under-utilized in this day and age. Morass of Molasses true to their name bring back that sweet, sweet blues on their newest, ‘So Flows Our Fate!’

Sporting some truly awesome, horrific artwork, this slab contains some of the grittiest riffs of heavy blues outside of Goatsnake's jockstrap. These fellows simply hand your brain to you, having been dropped, rolled, and slid across their recording floor. The riffs are huge, catchy, and fuzzy in that oh so addictive way that oscillation gets. ‘Fear to Tread’, song 3 of the 4, has a massive little riff run, simple, but they are able to just do so much with the bare bones. They take heavy blues and fashion some awesome things from stuff that's been done millions of times already. It's a well worn path they tread, but they seem to add a jaunty step all their own, kicking up rocks and making a good sized racket.

From their fuzz rock supreme (with sour cream and guacamole, of course), you are treated to possibly the most sultry vocals this side of Jim Morrison, as Bones (vocals), alternates between a swampy croon and some fiery screams on top of those high gain hand acrobatics. The combination becomes a dichotomy at times, with the harsh vocals clashing with a very nice, molten guitar line, and then coming right back into that sweet run where rhythm meets road...

Without resorting to speed runs, tapping, or other flashy distractions, Morass of Molasses focuses on a basic formula of riff, tone, a massive backbone of rhythm supplied from bass and drumming, and catchy, rock-laden lyrics and delivery, creating a sinfully sweet ride through the slightly hazy and humid land they call their soul. Gaze into it, and let the wind whistle a neat little tune into your ear...

So Flows Our Fate’ is available here





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