Do you miss Spice-era Spiritual Beggars? You could always pretend that this album is some previously lost recording. While it doesn't exactly replicate the aforementioned band the similarities are still significant.
Okay, so Moonless may not crack any new eggs, but if you can't get enough of this doomy stoner rock/metal vibe you can still happily indulge yourself!
Favorite track: Mark Of The Dead.
How on God's earth did I miss this one when it was released! Riffs ripped right out of the pages of the Tony Iommi book of how to play guitar may give you an idea where their influences come from but what the hell these guys rock da house. The vocals are more stoner than Ozzy's nasal style and that helps these guys stand out from other Sabbath style bands doing the rounds. Excellent!
Favorite track: The Bastard In Me.
There’s worse places to start, than to play your debut show opening for Japanese serial-killer obsessed CHURCH OF MISERY. Then again, since MOONLESS also later on did gigs with SAINT VITUS, PENTAGRAM and UFOMAMMUT and are about to unleash their brilliant debut on DOOMENTIA, one could say this was just a beginning…
The band started in Copenhagen, Denmark back in 2008 by people who cut their teeth in the local punkscene throughout the 00’s in bands such as No Hope For The Kids, Hjertestop, Amdi Petersens Armé and Village Idiot. People in the know will acknowledge these were important bands helping to put Denmark back on the international map of underground music.
After releasing a demo on vinyl (‘Born Burned Out’) in really limited quantity, the band went in the studio to record the debutalbum ‘Calling All Demons’ in September 2010. The album was recorded on a small Danish island called Samsø, in the backroom of an Austin veteran cars museum, if you can believe, in only three days.
Musically lying somewhere inbetween stoner, doom, psychedelic and heavy 70’s rock, this still quite young outfit really makes a difference by having perfectly nailed the ability to write great songs. Underneath the Tony Iommi-styled riffing, thunderous drums and fuzzy bass lines, lies choruses and real catchy hooks that will stick in your cranium for the rest of the month once you’ve heard them.
‘Calling All Demons’ is accompanied by mindblowing coverart by Tue S. and the songs on this debut album are nothing short of a triumph, ready to step up at the top of the mountain of bodies that used to be called the stoner scene. It’s both old school yet fresh sounding slow bonecrushin’ rock’n’roll. Pure primal testosterone sludge done the right way, the MOONLESS way.
A corrosive mix of death, doom, psychedelia, and black metal, the Portland quartet’s debut full-length is a bona fide underground monolith that shapeshifts with each listen, all while maintaining its essential heaviness. Bandcamp Album of the Day Feb 1, 2019