An unearthly concoction of ’60s garage rock, head-spinning psychedelia and ‘1991-The-Year-Punk-Broke’ grit, Black Moth rose from the Leeds underground scene, taking their trash culture fixations and their love for Stooges squalor and Sabbath sulphur to create an onslaught of monumental riff sorcery and serpentine grace.

Black Moth is an English stoner/doom/sludge/grunge band from Leeds, GB. They are Harriet Bevan (vocals), Jim Swainston (guitar), Nico Carew (guitar), Dave Vachon (bass), and Dom McCready (drums). Black Moth sounds like Black Sabbath meets Nirvana as if early ’70s British metal collided with ’90s Seattle grunge.

Selected discography:

The Killing Jar (2012). New Heavy Sounds. 10 tracks. Choice cuts: “Blackbirds Fall”, “Land of the Sky”, “Chicken Shit”. Other good cuts: “The Articulate Dead”, “The Plague of Our Age”, “Spit Out Your Teeth”, “Honey Lung”, “Banished But Blameless”, “Plastic Blaze”. The rest: “Blind Faith”.

“Savage Dancer/Tree of Woe” (2013). 7-inch single released as part of the Too Pure Singles Club.

Condemned to Hope (2014). New Heavy Sounds. 10 tracks. Choice cuts: “Room 13”, “Looner”, “The Undead King of Rock ‘N’ Roll”. Other good cuts: “Condemned to Hope”, “Slumber with the Worm”, “White Lies”, “Red Ink”, “Tumbleweave”, “Set Yourself Alight”, “The Last Maze”. The rest: “Stinkhorn”.

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Band links: website/Facebook

My thoughts… Black Moth‘s blend of doom/sludge, punk and grunge is insanely addictive! I highly recommend this band for fans of Black Sabbath, Danzig, The Stooges, Nirvana, Soundgarden, etc. The Killing Jar was an amazing album, for sure, but Condemned to Hope, which I only just discovered a few days ago, is even better! Black Moth is the new sound of British doom!

I raved about The Killing Jar when I stumbled upon the album back in 2014 but, this year, Condemned to Hope is a contender for my favorite album of 2015! The low-tuned guitars and sludgy sounds of doom are all over those albums, especially in songs like “Blackbirds Fall” [from Jar] and “The Undead King of Rock ‘N’ Roll” [from Hope]; but, the grunge influence can be heard loudly in Nirvana-esque tracks like “Looner” and “Red Ink” [from Hope] and the Soundgarden-ish “Land of the Sky” [from Jar]. Did you know that a “looner” is someone with a sexual balloon fetish? I didn’t. I had to look that up after being puzzled by the video!

Read my original post on MHE (here).