Album Review

Moe – “Oslo Janus” – [Conrad Sound]

Max Level   12/10/2013   A Library, CD

Moe cover

Tortured sounds from this Norwegian trio. Noisy sludge-doom-drone with hard-hitting guitar and drums. The bass player, who loves her distortion pedal, also does the vocals, which consist mostly of exclamations, growls, and accusations. Occasionally she’ll use a close-up, confiding tone of voice. I can’t tell what she’s going on about, even though she seems to be doing it in English, but it doesn’t really matter much–I’m willing to bet that the two other members of the band don’t know what the words are either. Track 1 shifts gears a few times with three or four short pieces packed into its 4:20. On Track 4 it sounds like the vocalist is saying “shut the fuck up” several times so be careful with that one. The music is great on that track, though–a satisfying, pummeling sludgefest, and the drummer’s cymbal work is outstanding.Track 6 is a 12:30 instrumental with a lot of strange textural stuff and a repeating bass line of doom. Noise from fucking Norway, man.

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