Moose – Courage, Enlightened & Doubt
Macro thinking groove metal from North Wales
Words: Phil Weller
Across five tracks, North Wales’ Moose, on Courage, Enlightened & Doubt pack ferocity and groove in equal measure. Opener The Mask hinges on a driving, spinning riff courtesy of Morgan Taylor, while sticksman Tom Morris channels Lamb of God with his rapidfire, high intensity approach. Together they embroil, tied together by Dom Green’s gravel-shredded and beastly vocals, for a song with plenty of charisma icing its aggression.
Pirate Space Goblin, by no means a poor choice in song name, sounds like someone has stuck a tonne of dynamite up the arse the of the metalcore/thrash template. Fast, guttural and peppered with harmonies which contrast Green’s demon summoning growls the song then throws you head first into a minefield of heavy, groove-laden riffs.
"There is no doubting that this band can stand proud of who they are and what they are doing."
Still a relatively new band, their confidence belies their youth. Across these tracks they unleash a host of typical but always effective songwriting techniques; melodic vocals breeze in where the song needs that lighter injection and flourishing bursts of pace coming when the lighter moments have had their time. Obstinate does this well, embracing the juxtaposition between an accessible clean vocal chorus and riffs that bored on death metal; dissonant and fiery. They have clearly taken the time to write these songs, always looking at the bigger picture and balancing their songs with the right amounts of colour and darkness. It’s a solid debut release.
Through their first round of this year’s Metal 2 The Masses competition at Bloodstock, scalping the seismic, chaotic fury of Trading Arms in the process, there is no doubting that this band can stand proud of who they are and what they are doing. These are promising beginnings for a band with passion and talent in tandem.