The Moth Gatherer – A Bright Celestial Light (Agonia Records)

Progressive Doom from Sweden.
Release Date: 
16 Apr 2013 - 12:30pm

The Swedish duo The Moth Gatherer debuts with this 5-track album that shows a blend of the doom metal sound and progressive music, made in the best Cult of Luna way. I mean they aren’t just an imitation but I cannot remember another name that resembles their sound as much.

Anyway, any attempt to label this band is useless and while some publications will label them as “post-hardcore” I refuse to do so, simply because I don’t know what this means and I don’t want to.

Anyway, the phrases of this CD are extremely long and they follow a self-made pattern to put several parts into the same song, making this album difficult to memorize but easy to like while the songs are playing. It’s an unorthodox way to make music and I honestly like it.

For example in the 10-minute long The Womb, The Woe, The Woman, the song varies from pure doom to crystal-clear parts always retaining an extreme melancholy in between. 

There are melodic parts too, which will get people who simply doesn’t get drone, because here the drone is obscured by a thick layer of melodic riffs. This part is the heritage of Swedish metal and at some points one can compare them to Opeth.

Maybe they stole some ideas, but the vortex of changing is somewhat more insane… And although the overt simplicity of some passages ( I  know this is an oxymoron) it requires great musicianship to do them well in the studio withoutt making fools of themselves. 

The fact is that The Moth Gatherer is something hard to assimilate. If they are creating something completely new, or if they are just a bunch of experimentalists who don’t get things right, it’s beyond my understanding. I love experimental music and if you like to be challenged, this CD is for you.