First full length CD from the Swedish doom rockers.
Small Stone Records are gaining quite a name for themselves with some of their signings, and Mother of God is sure to be another success story in the making. These Swedish doom rockers have released their first full length CD, which incorporates the influences of Led Zeppelin and Alice In Chains in an impressive mixture.
The strangely titled '230' kicks things of with a formable, yet desolate guitar riff that sounds like early Soundgarden. 'Graenslandet' is a slow rocker sung in the bands native tongue – an ambitious statement that loses none of the songs potency due to this. With Mother Of God, it's all about groove and atmosphere as 'The Forest' aptly displays, one moment bouncing along in an untamed assault, the next steering closer to something The Doors would have produced in the their more subtle moments. Singer and guitarist Daniel Nygren screeches like a banshee in 'Aim for the Sun' and the song seems to dissolve into chaos, leaving us with a groaning whine of foreboding, before fading away. There is a real depth behind the melancholy vocal work in 'Adrift', and the song is so slow and sombre you almost expect it to just grind to a halt at some point. It clearly shows the band are happy to drift down a great many rivers in their search for new musical ideas, even incorporating an element of jazz among the beautiful and emotive guitar work.
I enjoyed the addition of some Hammond organ in 'To Live', as this really gives the song a very cool seventies vibe, and at times sounding not unlike Danzig. With a funereal drumbeat, the psychedelic soup of 'Something From Below' relies on tempo to produce an atmosphere of tension. The fleeting melody fades in and out of the song like a distant memory before we travel off into space-rock territory. The harmonic style delivered in 'R.McCord' is the closest resemblance to a commercial sound, despite its lazy yet evocative vocals, and it is another triumph of song writing for the band.
At times, Mother Of God is super-depressive, yet they retain a natural and hypnotic groove, and bring a lot to the table in their style of writing.