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Moab - Trough

Label: Falling Dome Records
Format: Download
Released: 2018
Reviewed By: Jack Mangan
Rating: 8/10


Metal Sludge act Moab claims that their lead vocalist is Andrew Giacumakis, but I’m not convinced that he actually exists. I think it’s more likely that they piloted a time machine to 1973, found the “Sabbath, Bloody Sabbath” recording sessions, and convinced Ozzy Osbourne to record a few more vocal tracks for their 2018 “Trough” album. Giacumakis is also the trio’s only guitarist, however, so I suppose it’s possible he’s real, and that his voice happens to sound a lot like early 70s Ozzy.

 

There’s some generous Black Sabbath influence to their overall sound (of course), but Moab’s approach incorporates a number of post-Sabbath genre elements, like Doom, Stoner, Sludge, and straightforward bar band Rock n’ Roll. There are some really fine songs on this record, but also a number of inspired moments and exciting ideas. “Skeptic’s Lament” is an OK song, but it does a fascinating two-songs-in-one split, launching into an entirely different direction after a compelling intro part. The rhythm devices on “Onus” are hypnotic, and you, your grandmother, your neighbor, and the kid at the drive-thru window can all get into the vibe of “Into the Sea Swine” - - it’s just just universally likable. I also really like the swagger on “The Will is Weak.”
Moab’s drummer, Erik Herzog, tragically died while the record was being made, which gave the band pause. They ultimately decided - - -with support from Herzog’s friends and family - - to release his final recorded drum work make the album a tribute to him, including appearances from former band members, and with Fu Manchu’s Brad Davis filling in on drums for the remainder of the recording. “Trough” is a fitting wake for their fallen friend.

 
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