BLACK MOTH is a young band from Leeds, U.K. While I have practically zero info on the background of this band and its members I must say “The Killing Jar” is one of the best debuts I heard so far for 2012.
Their music can easily be characterized as uplifting, and this is because some of the main influences of the band include bands like Motorhead, solid Rock ‘n Roll, crazy Punk and time traveling Stoner rock. Add some Grunge and Desert influence to the recipe and you get a weird mix that might sound sour but tastes sweet. Despite all this pluralism of influences the final result sounds amazingly tight. The final result reminded me THE SPIDERS sometimes but generally BLACK MOTH into much much heavier and darker paths.
Harriet Bevan is the woman in the vocals. While she might not have a huge range or super technical skills, all her vocal lines are amazing and she does a great job in passing powerful vibes to the listener. Her singing style exposes the punk character of the band. Another thing that might catch the listeners attention is the extra loud bass. At times it overshadows the guitars with its power and brings some extra groove into play. Guitars on the other hand have a more Doom/Sludge orientation.
Jim Sclavunos is the man responsible for the production and I must say it is one of the most powerful aspects of the whole album along with the catchy songwriting. Indeed, “The Killing Jar” packs some of the most addictive riffs in its 38 minutes duration. One last thing I have to underline before I close is the amazing artwork which although points to some Georgia Sludge direction is quite unique.