Though the band name might not have convinced yet, there was no such problem with the aggressive incitement unleashed by UK metallers Metal Moth on their Rise EP. The band’s debut is four slabs of classic metal bullied and twisted into a rampage of modern melody enriched rock ‘n’ roll. It has more familiarity than originality to its potency and presence but this only fuels the potential and thorough enjoyment given by the heavily flavoursome entrance of the band.
Formed in 2012, Metal Moth was soon stomping across country and venues with their adrenaline fuelled barbarous sounds. An enthusiastically growing fan base came hand in hand with their emergence, one sure to be reinforced and accelerated with the release of the Rise, the first of three consecutive EPs. Band and release ignite appetite and imagination within seconds as opener Moth To The Flame stands toe to toe with ears, flinging weighty rhythms and sinew crafted riffs with antagonistic intent. It is a ferocious start which only intensifies as the riffing and heavily swinging beats stampede with flared nostrils across the senses. Around this assault invention mischievously offers acidic grooves and a deliciously carnal bassline whilst vocally Kurt Hudson excels with his melodic yet snarled delivery. From the merciless swipes of drummer Natalie Gaines to the threatening bass predation provided by David Collinson (who announced his departure from the band in recent days), and the fiery adventure and skilled devilry provided by guitarists Mark Gibbons and Chris Fisher, the track is gripping drama and ruggedly impressive.
The same can be said of the following One More Time, again a proposition which has speakers bulging under its savage rhythmic onslaught and ravenous riffery. Equally there is no escaping the rigorous contagion uncaged within the track or the unpredictable twists and jagged barbarism which gnaw on the senses as wiry flames of melodic endeavour flirt with similarly rapacious intent. It is a full blooded stomp which again has recognisable traits but just as plentiful new designs and invention in its lyrical and sonic provocation.
Melt Down steps up next and immediately is a haze of sonic menace swiftly speared by those pungent beats of Gaines and the crunchy scythes of riffs from the guitars. Either side of that core there is the vocal quality and fluid expression of Hudson and the dark predatory tones of Collinson’s bass, each complementing and sparking against the other. It is a blend which magnetically colours the threatening prowl and confrontation of the track, especially when aligned to the intermittent eruptions of melodic and unpredictable intrigue offered by Gibbons and Fisher. Though the song does not brawl with and corrupt the passions at the same strength and immediacy as its predecessors, it reveals more depth to the invention and skills of the band whilst laying down a tasty appetiser for the EP’s finale.
The closing Metal Maniac also takes a more restrained approach to its seducing of ears, the bass rumbling with dark devilry whilst guitars create a web of melodic coaxing. It is not long though before the song settles into a fevered stroll as addictive grooves and hooks provide riveting barbs to the feisty lure of the track. Providing a thrilling end to a just as exciting debut, the track sums up the band and release perfectly, that being rock ‘n’ roll at its instinctive and insatiable best.
If the next pair of EPs matches and confirms the promise and already accomplished quality in skills and sound of the band, it will be impossible not to suggest that as they evolve Metal Moth will be a band playing a big part in the evolution of British metal ahead. To be honest though, if this is as good as it gets there will be few complaints either.
The Rise EP is available digitally now @ http://metalmoth1.bandcamp.com/album/rise
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