The Riffs Must Flow – VI

The riffs are back!! After the Hot Breath review (what a great album, out October 18, get it!) here we go again with because as we all know: The Riffs Must Flow.

Damn!! I love that Dune reference (The Spice Must Flow). There is too much HP Lovecraft in metal and not enough of the awesomeness that Dune has given to the world. Thank you, Frank Herbert! BTW, nothing wrong with Lovecraft, I absolutely love it. (coincidentally, my BAZ mate @TheTrueMeduson has written a monstrous recent article click here)

Anyway, the riffs can´t stop and now I bring you two new albums for your riffing cravings. Being Friday again, everything seems in it´s rightful place.

Band: MNRVA
Title: Black Sky
Label: Independent
Release: 04 October 2019
Country: USA
Format reviewed: Digital Promo

Debut EP of just 3 songs for this newly formed trio. Though their Bandcamp page says they have various bands. All new to me I must say, and I always welcome music discovery!

The EP opens with an ominous guitar lead that breaks into a mid-tempo barrage of fuzzy and overdrive sound, all supported by tight drumming that sure can withstand a hurricane. As this is doom with a sludgy approach, vocals and lyrics are on the harsh side of things. No compromises, no prisoners. You are getting what you deserve! Drown in riffs and bare the pessimistic lyrics like a true metal warrior.

My fave song and pick (although there is no link available to listen) is the title track Black Sky… really, the sound brings images of darkness in your mind as the main riffs cuts through you like a hot blade into butter. Do you hear that fat low end bass sound? Yeah… As said, there is no escape from heaviness and dark visions. Your only hope is to survive the 18 minutes of this EP… Can you?

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Band: Monte Luna
Title: Drowners’ Wifes
Label: Argonauta
Release: 04 October 2019
Country: USA
Format reviewed: Digital Promo

Another album I came upon totally blind. Good Zeus how much new music can a healthy brain absorb? Here at BAZ, we are testing the limits of human capacity by bringing y´all all the music you can hear, and after that, we´ll bring you more! The underground never sleeps and neither do we at BAZ.

Atmospheric kind of an album we got here I must say. I like the vocal approach a lot, as is not always on sludge mode but is more melodic especially at the start of the album. Then it will bring the grit and violence every sludge record deserves, but the other side of the coin is welcome, at least for me. I also love the jamming parts in here a lot, you kind of get lost in the “zone”, as the fuzz embraces you and takes you places especially with “The Butcher of Blaviken”.

If you ask me… glad you did, thank you! My fave song here is “Man of Glass”. Wow, that keyboard is wreaking havoc in my mind. As a long standing Deep Purple fanboy, I’m a sucker for a tasty harmonized mattress of sound. Also, this song is the one that got the most classic metal vibe of the album without compromising the band´s DNA. It´s just there underneath the surface, as a water hag waiting…
Both albums out today, go get them! See you in two weeks! 

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Till next time.
Perrö

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