THE MOOR – YEAR OF THE HUNGER

Out now on Lion Music

Following on from a 5 track EP released at the turn of the year, Italian metal outfit The Moor return for their full blown debut album and quite impressive it is too.

Possessing a sound a little left field for Lion Music this is still progressive metal but with a more organic texture yet with hints of death metal, doom, folk and 70s influences.  At its heaviest it reminds me a little of Opeth (who wrote the track from whom the band take their name) and at its more sedate Porcupine Tree or indeed labelmates Waterclime.  This has an original sound to it though.

Vocalist/guitarist Enrico Longhin delivers a vocal that is quite original (none of your LaBrie style wailings here) whilst the musicianship is first rate yet avoids all out shred, preferring to place emphasis on grooves and textures, once again the word organic comes into play, yet the band can riff with the best of them on the likes of “Liquid Memories”.

Over Year Of The Hunger is a fine mature sounding debut suggesting the band have a bright future ahead, well worth checking out.

Rating – 90%

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DAY SIX – THE GRAND DESIGN (ARCHIVE)

Out Now on Lion Music

Lion Music continues their recent trend of picking up original sounding new progressive talent in fine style with Day Six. Hailing from the Netherlands, the four piece play a dark brand of prog meets metal and classic rock which is equally at home with its crushing riffs or Pink Floyd-esque moments of tranquil calm.

Lyrically ‘The Grand Design’ is a concept album which focuses on an extraterrestrial spaceship that has been found in Lake Vostok – Antarctica and subsequent government conspiracies. Each track is home to a wealth of musical goodies and Robbie van Stiphout’s melodic vocals allow the band to avoid the usual prog metal vocal clichés and his guitar work shows a man with a dossier at his disposal of crushing riffs.

The sound of the album reminded me a little of a heavier Everon but there are traces here of heavier metal acts such as Dream Theater (in their basic riff form), Porcupine Tree and some of the heaviest riffing wouldn’t be out of place on a Metallica album. The band see fit to create musical landscapes out of synths and riffs as opposed to blazing lead work instrumental sections, and this makes a welcome change. Simply said there is an awful lot to enjoy here.

As debuts go this is very strong indeed. Home to a very powerful production and great performances all round this is a fine debut and worthwhile for all prog fans past to present to check out.

Rating – 90%