Morass Of Molasses – The Ties That Bind

Rating: 3/5
Distributor/label URL: http://www.wastedstate.com/
Released: June 2019
Buy Album: http://www.morassofmolasses.bandcamp.com/
Band Website: https://www.facebook.com/MorassOfMolasses

Band Line-up:

Bones The Beard – Baritone & Vocals
Phil The Mountain – Guitar
Raj The Guru – Drums

Tracklisting:

1. The Darkening
2. Woe Betide
3. Death of All
4. Estranger
5. Legend Of The Five Sons
6. As Leaves Fall
7. Persona Non Grata
8. In Our Sacred Skin
9. The Deepest Roots

 

Review:

I am not someone who is very familiar with or listens often to sludge, stoner doom metal so I hope I can convey my thoughts adequately on this album. Morass of Molasses chose their name based on an article they read about a disaster where a storage tank of Molasses exploded in Boston creating a sludgy sticky mess on the streets. If anything the name is pretty suitable for their band’s sound. It’s a thick heavy concoction of stoner doom with bluesy elements. With their second album being released through Wasted State productions The Ties That Bind is released on time for festival season and the band is quite busy with many tour dates especially after playing bloodstock festival. They recently wrapped up a UK tour and with their second studio album “The Ties That Bind” newly released by Wasted Space Records we are sure to expect them to lay thick many more of their deep sticky riffs in future tours. Notably the band has shared the stage with Crowbar, Orange Goblin, Ohhms, Vodun, Elephant Tree, Desert Storm, Vodun, Mammoth Weed Wizard Bastard and many more. Plus I must say their stage names are quite quirky. Bones The Beard as vocals, Phil The Mountain on guitar and Raj The Guru playing Drums.

The Ties That Bind has much promise and quite a great dynamic in how it plays out. The song titles and themes are definitely on the doom side but listening to each of them you get more complex and intriguing song structures that feel proggy at times. It is masterfully produced and mastered and yet has this fuzziness to the sound. It sounds intentional and I think adds charm to the album. For me this album is great if you really enjoy this kind of metal and I definitely suggest you check them out on their bandcamp and support them if you do. I think it has something to offer for fans of the genre. For me it was well done but nothing memorable. One of the songs I felt was good for me was “Persona Non Grata” being the heavier track on the album.

I will give this album a 3 out of 5. While it’s not really the kind of band and music I can say I love I think they did a great job overall on achieving an interesting blend of styles and sounds. They live up to their name and I believe they are doing quite well and can see many more albums in the future coming from them. They are worth checking out and put out a decent album. I really have no complaints except the flow of the album. So give Morass of Molasses and their new album a good listen. Hopefully they will stick to you more than they did with me.

Review by Cathrine Wendt

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