After an impressive few years touring, Leeds stoner rock outfit Black Moth are now three records deep into their careers with ‘Anatomical Venus’, the follow-up to the band’s 2014 album, ‘Condemned To Hope’.
It’s evident from the very start of the record that Black Moth aren’t pulling any punches this time around. Things kick off at full throttle with over ten minutes of pure rock ‘n’ roll belters. Guitarists Nico Carew and Jim Swainston supply hectic riffs that give ‘Sisters Of The Storm’ a renegade feel, sluggish chords create a darker tone in ‘Moonbow’, and a transcending solo in the midst only gives the track even more ferocity.
Vocalist Harriet Bevan offers a hauntingly powerful performance throughout ‘Anatomical Venus’, from belting formidably in the chorus of opener ‘Istra’ to the more stripped-back, borderline spoken-word vocals of ‘Buried Hoards’. Her voice suits the genre perfectly while bringing in a new wave of elements that separate Black Moth from their many peers.
If nothing else, ‘Anatomical Venus’ is proof that Black Moth are one of the best stoner rock bands in the UK right now, and this album is sure to the suck you into their dark, anthemic world.
Written by Phoebe Constable (@phoebecnstable)
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