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On disc: The Moor



The Moor - Claudia Ehrhardt - 8 stars
Year Of The Hunger - Claudia Ehrhardt - 9 stars


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Year Of The Hunger

Year Of The Hunger
(Lion Music - 2012)


The EP of The Moor was more then just an appetizer, it was a promise! And now The Moor is back to show that they can live up to they high expectations! Year Of The Hunger is split in two parts - Part I Noble Truth Of Suffering and Part II The Path Of Liberation. At the full-length you get the tracks off the EP and some new stuff. But they kick off with a new one, the dramatic Hyperuranium. About the songs from the EP, please read the review!

With the title track Year Of The Hunger they show some folk-ish elements, but stick to their own sound. Clouds And Shales kicks off Part II, here you can detect some 70's prog rock elements and Enrico Longhin's vocals add something special, coz he's varying a lot - but just to support the song. Next in line Before Abigail, a song from the EP. Liquid Memories is another new track and an enchanting one! After Venice which is from the EP they present The Arising of Volition, an instrumental where the guitar is singing. Last but not least an instrumental version of Venice.

If you like prog metal with different sounds mixed in, then this is a treat for you! If you have the EP, the album is still worth buying!


9 stars

Claudia Ehrhardt
 

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The Moor

The Moor
(Lion Music - 2012)


The Moor is a band from Venice (Italy) which features several members of Bleed In Vain. The band was founded in 2009 and after a few line-up changes they present their debut EP, simply called The Moor. Singer and guitarist Enrico Longhin has a passion for highlands and moorlands, but there also a connection to the Opeth song. The Moor also cross boarders.

Musically The Moor combine heavy grooves with American rock la 3 Doors Down, Disturbed and Creed - and spiced up with some progressive elements. The contrast between the catchy vocal line and the heavy, partly harsh riffs is giving the songs an edge. At the opener Covered the sound quite American, but offer more than that. There are references to the Gothenburg sound as well as progressive elements. At Antikythera they add some heaviness, the double-bass drumming and riffs sound like taken from a thrash metal song, but then there is this hookline. And at some passages the Lemmy-like vocals. Next in line is Venice, a melodic rocker, first an opening with an almost jazzy lounge feel, then an Americanized hard rocker with a melancholy edge. Personally I like this sonic roller coaster ride a lot, but I guess for many this is too much pushing of boundaries. The closer The Road is a heavy, modern US metal tune - and twists and turns. So they embedded a slow passage where Enrico Longhin' vocals are the main 'instrument', just to surprise you with a part based on fast double bass drumming and a guitar lead which seems to be inspired by neo-classical metal.

The Moor is changing from track to track, sometimes even within a tune, but it always sounds natural and the songs are homogenous. The Moor is a melting pot of rock and metal sounds - and manage to create something which doesn't sound designed. Even if it isn't something completely new or unique, it's good entertainment! Looking forward to hear more from the Venetians!


8 stars

Claudia Ehrhardt
 

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