A thriving local metal band 

Moose have continued to grow and flourish over the years, which tonight has truly shown. The band only started gigging when they were in high school. The band members were already at an exceptionally high level of musicianship for their age but have consistently improved and expanded their audience. They have performed at many gigs locally and last year won Battle of the Bands at Mcleans, in Pentre. Their songs have a range of genres, combining alternative, melodic and death metal. Their recent music can be compared to Deftones and Death. However, they create a distinctive and intense sound, which exhilarates the audience. The band’s exciting mix of songs are virtuosic and powerful. When on stage they ooze a buzzing energy which captivates every member of the audience. Tonight’s gig took place in a little art gallery called Undegun, which is a great place for artists and young people to come together. Even though the building is rustic, it has a comfortable but lively vibe.

Tonight, their set list consisted of their own songs, Obstinate, The Mask of Tragedy, Transcendence and Deftone. They create headbanging but heartfelt music, which is brutal, fast and loud. However, it’s not all that simple. One of the most intoxicating songs played tonight was The Mask of Tragedy. The song is transcendent. The vocalist narrates a story with the lyrics, creating a visionary experience. He has a strong presence, which makes the performance very intriguing. He doesn’t move around much, I seem to get the impression this is because he likes to let the music speak for itself.  His vocals are booming and powerful. The song combines clean vocals and guttural growls, which add a great amount of depth and texture. He likes to variate his screams with hefty pig squeals, displaying his incredible range. The lyrics, which are written by the bassist are empowering. The song seems to talk about an individual who is in denial of having an illness. This is specifically expressed in the verse, ‘Waste away only inside, confide in dark yet clarity, lost in communication, for I do not speak its name’. The chorus also highlights this, ‘surmount, and deferred, the mask, of tragedy’.

The guitarist hasn’t been in the band long and has only just been made the lead guitarist. Tonight has shown he is truly worthy of being lead. He has flourished and expanded his skill set, adding a fresh and lively vibe to Moose. He nailed the complex song structures, even adding new parts to the songs, which were extremely effective. He portrays a very calm personality but as soon as he picks up his guitar, he seeps energy. His constant headbanging makes him exciting to watch, you find yourself headbanging along with him. His solos were impeccable, everyone was watching in awe as he made them look effortless. The infectious riffs are melodic and expressive. The heavy palm muting style creates a percussive effect. The fact that he only uses the distortion effect from the Marshall amp makes his performance a whole lot more impressive, the tone on his guitar is just perfect for the genre. His playing holds a sense of innocence about it, as if he really doesn’t know how good he is, making him completely non-egotistical.

The bassist and guitarist both tune to drop C sharp and create dual, juicy harmonisations, which work extremely well. The bassist contributes to the writing process of songs and writes all of the lyrics. The jazz bass is made brutal in this band. He used a Boss compressor pedal with a little bit of overdrive. The tone and sound of his instrument is beautiful. He played so comfortably and effortlessly, making his whole performance mesmerizing. He has a strong presence, making the usual “he’s just a bassist” stereotype go out the window. It was breathtaking to watch someone ooze such confidence while playing so technically. The rapid finger picking, fast paced melodies, his perfect alternations between fast and slow breakdowns and fierce bass solo all add together to make an exceptional performance. His playing is unpredictable, which makes you anticipated and excited for what is going to come next. You can tell his playing will continue to grow and he will carry on to produce awesome sounds within Moose. His playing cannot be faulted in anyway, the only thing that Moose needs now is more bass solos.

The rhythm section is such a tight unit, it is one of the best rhythm sections locally. The drummer’s technique shows a lot of attack and punchiness. He sure adds ferocity and aggression to the songs, which of course, is perfect for death metal. He plays many blast beats and nails the exceedingly fast drum patterns. He perfectly transitions between the complex and fast time signatures. Even people who may not necessarily like metal, they will certainly appreciate his furious and impeccable capability. Even though he is an amazing drummer, he is quite reserved. He plays what is required and never shows off, this makes his playing endearing. This really shows his adaptivity but also raises the question, what would he sound like if he had a solo? Moose, please please please integrate drum solos into your songs! That would most definitely get people moshing.