By Matt Messner, Denver Heavy Metal Society
Having thoroughly enjoyed both live performances to date by Denver metal band Moth, we are delighted and honored that they asked us to share a preview of their debut CD Endlessly In Motion, set to release on January 11th.
All puffery aside, Endlessly In Motion is one hell of a hard hitting modern metal album and we highly recommend that any fan of expertly crafted and flawlessly executed heavy music give it a serious listen.
To our ears, both musically and lyrically, the CD comes across as a single, broad conceptual piece made up of eight distinct chapters chronicling a variety of ethical, philosophical and even metaphysical struggles of living in today’s world.
Categorizing Moth’s music is not easy, as it truly is a seamless blend of multiple metal styles. Strictly for reference, it’s fair to say that fans of Gojira, Meshuggah and Devin Townsend will probably find a lot to like on Endlessly In Motion. That said, the music on this album is singularly unique and it’s obvious that the band’s influences are many and varied.
Instrumentally the album is held together tightly by the relentless, crushing, lockstep rhythmic backbone provided by Dave O’Berry’s precision guitar riffing and Stephen Handler’s pummeling double-bass drumming. The duo’s performance and interplay from beginning to end is highly impressive to say the least. Rhiannon Wisniewski’s tasteful keyboard work and backing vocals float hauntingly over the proceedings and imbue the entire album with an ethereal, otherworldly atmosphere.
Lyrically Endlessly In Motion covers a lot of ground and vocalist Benton McKibben delivers his words with passion, anger and palpable frustration with the topics at hand. He primarily employs a harsh, abrasive style that fans of the aforementioned point-of-reference bands will love, with occasional clean sung passages on a few songs.
Standout tracks include opener The Structure (about organized religion and its negative effects on humanity), Reverse (about human devolution and lack of progress), Vast Expansion (about accepting what we can’t control), The Dark Sea (about humankind’s lack of common vision and violent nature), and the closing title track featuring lyrics that ask whether the seemingly unstoppable downward spiral that humankind has been on since its beginnings is truly unavoidable, or if it may not yet be too late for us to step back from the brink. You can read all Endlessly In Motion lyrics in the Photos section of Moth’s Facebook page.
Moth’s live show is phenomenal. If you haven’t had the chance to see them be sure to mark your calendar for their Endlessly In Motion CD release party at Herman’s Hideaway February 16th, also featuring Denver bands Iconocaust, One Shot One Kill, Cattleist, and more.