Moloch are a one man band from Ukraine that has been featured before in this zine and plays a very ambient and depressive form of black metal and this is a review of his 2014 album "Verwustung" which was released by Human To Dust.
The album starts out with ambient drones which also brings a dark and atmospheric feeling to the recording and after the first track the music goes into a more fast and raw black metal direction along with blast beats and grim, depressive screams as well as bringing in a mixture of slow and fast parts and you can also hear a good amount of melody in the music and after awhile clean playing is added into certain sections of the recording.
When we get more into the album the music starts adding in more slower parts which also enhance the darkness of the recording as well as bringing in atmospheric sounding synths at times and the music still retains a great amount of fast parts along with the vocals having a more suicidal feeling to them and the music also incorporates a great amount of old school black metal elements while always having a dark atmosphere.
By the time the album gets into the seventh track a small amount of clean playing is brought into the album before going into a more slow and depressive suicidal black metal direction along with a mixture of screams and cries and on the following track the music goes into a more avant garde classical direction with the track being a remake of a Frederic Chopin piece will also being more dark and modern than the original version and the ambient side of this project really shines through on this song and the following track is a demo track that returns the music back to black metal as well as being the last song on this album.
With this album Moloch cut back on the dark ambient parts of the previous recordings while still utilizing them in some parts and creates a more straight forward depressive black metal sound with this recording along with lyrics covering nature, depression and individualism and having a very dark, raw and heavy production.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Moloch and if you are a fan of depressive black metal, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Todestille" "Negativitat" "Die Kalte der Ewigkeit" and "Nur de Tod ist wiklich". 8 out of 10.