MoLD – Horrors

Rating: 4/5
Distributor/label: GMR Music
Released: 2019
Buy Album: https://www.gmrmusic.se/product-page/kopia-av-mold-horros-vinyl-gatefold
Band Website: https://www.facebook.com/MoLDuniverse/

Band line-up:

Johan Liljeberg – Guitars & vocals
Mattias Ekstig – Guitars
P-Å Lithner – Drums
Peter Lundgren – Bass

Tracklisting:

1.) Horsemen Riding
2.) Love Hungry Man
3.) Long Shiny Knives
4.) Horrors
5.) Locomotive
6.) Black Forest
7.) Hush Now
8.) Breaking Bones
9.) Roadkill
10.) Mischief and Disbelief
11.) Rock ‘n’ Roll Monster

Review:

It’s nice sometimes to go back to the basics, to remind yourself of what it is you like about rock music. Sweden’s MoLD hit that sweet spot nicely in “Horrors”.

It’s an album that captures the essence of its genre wonderfully, and without ever really feeling like it’s stretching or relying on gimmicks. While it certainly does have a distinctly old-school charm to it, it doesn’t present itself as a deliberately throwback album. A range of influences can be heard, yet it never simply feels like an imitation of another band. “Horrors” is just a good old rocking time.

At its core, it’s a style of hard rock with touches of both blues and early heavy metal like Danzig, Saxon or even the mighty Sabbath in their looser, less doom-laden tracks. It happily sways from the Status Quo-y classic rock of “Rock ‘n’ Roll Monster” into wild, high octane fun like “Roadkill” or “Long Shiny Knives”, both of which channel the same irresistible, toe-tapping speed of Deep Purple’s “Highway Star”, before slipping comfortably back towards an almost country-rocking groove in “Love Hungry Man” or “Breaking Bones”.

Despite all these fun numbers later on in the album, the true highlight remains opener “Horsemen Riding”. It takes a rumbling, bass-heavy foundation, layers it with catchy riff work, and tops it all off with Johan Liljeberg’s vigorous assertions of Satan coming to town, sounding both menacing and endlessly fun in that special way rock and roll does.

Almost every track on here provides another good time. Almost: “Hush Now” stands out just as starkly as “Horsemen Riding”, but unfortunately at the other end of the spectrum. It’s an attempt to add further flavour to the album with a more mournful, melancholy track with a core melody that calls Moonlight Sonata to mind, and I appreciate the intent. Alas, Liljeberg’s vocals just don’t work so well in this style as they do when he’s belting out more energetic numbers.

Still, that’s one slip in an otherwise fine offering. The long and short of it is that MoLD clearly know what they’re doing and how to craft a solid rock album without falling back on contrived tricks or forced approaches.

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Review by:

Kieron Hayes

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