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Lost Tribes of the Moon - Lost Tribes of the Moon

Lost Tribes of the Moon
Lost Tribes of the Moon
by Dave "That Metal Guy" Campbell at 18 September 2018, 11:33 AM

LOST TRIBES OF THE MOON is a band established in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. This is their debut album, containing three expanded tracks, and three supplemental tracks that help establish the main sound. From the “about” section of their Facebook page, “We, the tribes serve Baphomet and deliver music to help us in our search of a new Middian.” Baphomet, a Sabbatic Goat in Medieval Latin, was a deity that Knights Templar were falsely accused of worshipping, and was subsequently used in various occult and mystical traditions. The album contains six tracks.

“Intro/The Rise and Fall of Midian” opens with soft acoustical guitar; a simple melody that expands from there to a secret place in a hidden door under the mountain, filled with beauty and things to eat that will bolster your consciousness. It crescendos until the end, abruptly ended by the dominating opening notes of “Wych Elm.” Janine’s vocals are a trippy combination of Old School and contemporary sounds, amidst a changing landscape of music that sees the colors of the world begin to meld together in a way that twists your mind towards it. As it carries forward, the riffs turn darker and more crushing, and ends in vocal wails and a flurry of lead guitar breaks.

“Revenant” has a more cautious opening, leading to a more traditional sounding riff, like something early JUDAS PRIEST. The vocals are all over the place, controlled singing at times and depraved wails at other times, suggesting a changing emotional stance throughout the song. It carries forward until a bridge section that culminates the song with some lead guitar work and a weighted and heavy riff that follows. The song almost stops and starts during the final minute, hanging on until the finish. “Ka-tet” is a short instrumental with unconventional and surprising guitar notes that make you feel refreshed in one minute, and a bit frightened in the next.

It leads to the title track, “Lost Tribes of the Moon,” which opens with a lumbering and punishing Doom riff that would eventually strip the lands of everything around them. It nearly dies as it continues on, revitalized by screaming vocals and a hearty rhythm that picks up about half way through, with a dissonant guitar and bass line that begin to echo the vocals. It begins a slow grind at about the eight minute mark, followed by a tempestuous march towards the end of the track, with vocals flailing and an emphatic ending of guitars, waning down to nothing. “Outro/In Search of a New Midian” closes the album. It’s a trippy guitar focused song with background noises to enhance the feeling of moving out of yourself and into new skin. It settles into a pretty piece at one point with a long fade-out.

Overall, this was a very unique album that I would say has to be rooted with the genre of Doom Metal, but with plenty of other influences. There is an Old School feeling tied with a contemporary feeling that you don’t often find out there these days. When you listen to it, you definitely have the feeling that it was composed under the effect of some mind-altering substances. At least, that is the feeling that I have. Outside of this, it’s fascinating collection of secrets that are waiting for you to discover.

Songwriting: 8
Originality: 8
Memorability: 8
Production: 7

4 Star Rating

1. Intro/The Rise and Fall of Midian
2. Wych Elm
3. Revenant
4. Ka-tet
5. Lost Tribes of the Moon
6. Outro/In Search of a New Midian
Jon Liedtke – Guitars
Ben Wright – Bass
Jeremiah Messner – Drums
Janine Marie – Vocals
Record Label: Independent


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