Having been pillars of Leeds’ underground music scene for the last decade or so, Black Moth finally got the attention they deserve in 2012 with their debut full-length 'The Killing Jar' being praised by the likes of Kerrang. 'Condemned To Hope', however, is an altogether mightier beast. With help from Jim Sclavunos (Grinderman, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, The Cramps) this album transcends all of their influences; turbulant, beguilling and riff heavy, it retrofits 60s garage rock at its most sinister.
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7/10 gbar Customer review, 6th March 2017
Leeds outfit Black Moth unleashed their debut, ‘The Killing Jar’ back in 2012 and it was a heavy monster of an album that soon became my favourite stoner/doom metal record of recent years. What sets them apart from other bands within the genre is the diversity of influences, and the follow-up proves to be even more varied, encompassing not only metal but a wide range of alternative rock and blues/psyche-based styles. Although still very heavy, this album seems a bit more tempered and less ferocious than the debut, but the central focus of Black Moth’s sound, though, is always singer Bevan’s unique vocals, her powerful and commanding voice adding something that separates them from the many derivative-sounding bands within the stoner/doom genre.
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