A Bright Celestial Light is one of those releases which dares you to offer a description of or to place a tag on its creative tempest then laughs in your face as only a colossal lists of adjectives and genre references could just about do it justice. A perpetually evolving debut from Swedish experimentalists The Moth Gatherer, which takes on a new and refreshing aspect which each and every re-engagement with its stunning presence, the album is a quite incredible and ever twisting imaginative fire which inspires and consumes the passion let alone thoughts for a thrilling, often openly aggressive, and mesmeric experience.
Consisting of Alex Stjernfeldt and Victor Wegeborn, the band employs a maelstrom of flavours to its unique inventiveness, from metal and caustic rock, sludge and doom, to progressive and ambient and much, much more. The band and new album leaves the term unpredictable a slowly reacting, missing the target call on their persistently surprising and shifting ingenuity. Across its quintet of towering tracks the band never over complicates anything, progressive it surely is but with a uncluttered invention and understanding to the whirling imagination at work, it incites and lures in the listener without leaving them bewildered or shell shocked by the continually moving imagination. To share a comment Stjernfeldt made about the album, he said “We just want our music to be an emotional explosion“. Something the pair succeeds in doing with startling effect and craft. He went on to say “A lot of the songs is about death, missing people you loved who have passed away and losing hope in mankind. We want the music to make you feel like you can move mountains with it. I wish for that when people hear our music, they start to dream away.” Again to agree with him the band evokes thoughts and emotions with ease and to immerse within its descriptive depths an easy and irresistible lure.
Released through Agonia Records, the Karl Daniel Liden mastered album which also has a guest appearance from Member 001 of The Konsortium, begins its persuasion with The Water That We All Come To Need. The song slowly emerges from a gentle ambience and brewing atmosphere with singular guitar strokes and a dawning rich breath soon joined by inviting beats. It is a part primal wholly organic start which works on and with the inner rhythms of the listener to pull them into the exploding caustic ravage soon to follow. The vocals graze with scathing aggression upon a scene setting feel before the track quicksteps through a sonic blaze of shifting tempos and incendiary intensity veined with sharp acidic melodies and cutting barbed aural hooks. To describe the whole expanse of the song, or any other, would need a full individual review but leaving plenty to creep up and leap upon your senses let us just say the track winds around the senses and passions with riveting and dazzling enterprise. Its darkness is never far from the melodic light, always pressing and intimidating its temptation, whilst the bright sonic entrapment which permeates the different stretches of the soundscape is a constant temper to the at times brutal shadows.
The following Intervention has a hardened rawer touch to its squalling tones whilst the vocals bring an urgent, maybe needy caress to the fire. Again shifts into melodic elegance across evocative and richly suggestive smouldering escapes are emotionally charged and aurally descriptive yet seamless in their emergence from and as persuasive leads into harsher corrosive and equally compelling sonic and predatory structures. The exceptional piece makes way for the highlight of the album, the brilliant A Road Of Gravel And Skulls, a track which rumbles along and crumbles defences with its cascade of punkish attitude, electro brilliance, ravaging extreme metal and hardcore abrasions plus so much more. The song is a demanding and richly rewarding excuse to visit thoughts and emotions, to let them find their own unique questions and visions, but most of all it is a creatively inspiring and passion sparking fury of invention and innovative imagination.
With The Womb, The Woe, The Woman and its hooked, grooved, and wonderfully melancholic beauty, not forgetting the exceptional snarl of the bass to add further provocation and the closing A Falling Deity, a song which is a free fall of intensive emotive suggestion and impacting scarring yet refreshing ambience, the album engrains itself further into the heart and thoughts. We have not done the album justice with our words, not sure anyone could, but with only the exhausting length of some tracks as a contrived niggle just to be mischievous, A Bright Celestial Light is a stunning release which certainly fans of the likes of Neurosis, Pelican, Breach, and Cult of Luna will greedily devour whilst it has plenty for all adventurous metal and rock hearts. The Moth Gatherer is going to be a major force ark our words.
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