Wednesday, September 19, 2018

NEWS: out now: Lost Tribes of the Moon

The self-titled, independent debut album by Lost Tribes of the Moon was released on September 18th, 2018. The band is from Wisconsin, United States.
Lost Tribes of the Moon is doom metal. The guitar riffs and tone come, more or less, from the school of classic Trouble and Candlemass. It is a heavy tone (but not sludgy; not stoner). The vocals are singing, with some moments of slightly more aggressive comprehensible semi-screaming. The singing is clear and strong, and done mostly in a slow manner. Again, Lost Tribes of the Moon employs traditional singing, as one would hear in Candlemass and Solitude Aeturnus. The strength of the voice is communicated effectively on the album.
It turns out that, as the official information below explains, the album is a debut and the band may perhaps be new in name, but the musicians involved are veterans. That’s the difference in quality that is readily heard. By the way, this is not a rough, home recording. It seems like the band spent the money necessary to make the album be a concerted effort to deliver a debut that can have an impact on fans of traditional doom in the classic style. It is also very good to hear a band that has done the homework in knowing what they do. They have the skills, not just the desire, to be good doom, and to have, above all, good songs. If the above statements have created an interest, then don’t hesitate to listen to the complete album at the link below.
A final word about propaganda. Read the official information below, but remember: this is basically traditional doom metal, with a bit of progressive tendencies. Don’t be confused into thinking that this is experimental, weird music.
Lost Tribes of the Moon
Lost Tribes of the Moon
18 September 2018
LOST TRIBES OF THE MOON's self-titled debut album features three main compositions that showcase a vast and dense variety of influences including but not limited to forms of heavy metal, prog rock and folk. Long and indulgent song lengths give these songs the proper vehicle to fully tell each story within. A few supplemental tracks surround the beginning, middle, and end of this album to help tie the atmosphere of this musical universe together, and which contains expanded instrumentation and sounds that open the doors even further into this auditory journey that is LOST TRIBES OF THE MOON. Features inside album artwork by critically acclaimed artist Martin Mercer who has worked on movies such as Nightbreed, Lord Of Illusions, Iron Man 3, Suicide Squad and Aquaman.
Band: Jon Liedtke - guitars, synthesizers, theremin; Jacob Muchin - bass; Jeremiah Messner - drums, percussion, tabla, bells; Janine Rohde - vocals, screams, violin.
Guests: Carl Storniolo - singing lids; Victor DeMichael - gongs; Noah Mezsick, Ron Blemberg, Jon Liedtke, Jeremiah Messner - choir chants on the song "Lost Tribes of the Moon."
1.Intro / The Rise and Fall of Midian 03:34 (instrumental)
2.Wych Elm 10:09
3.Revenant 08:06
4.Ka-tet 01:36 (instrumental)
5.Lost Tribes of the Moon 13:22
6.Outro / In Search of a New Midian 01:27 (instrumental)
total time 38:14
BIO: Lost Tribes Of The Moon is a band that follows their own path musically and allows their music to speak for themselves. Based in Milwaukee,WI, Lost Tribes Of The Moon is a band that doesn't try to be defined by one or two genres, rather using "metal" as it's main vehicle of sound but citing influences ranging from 70's hard rock, Prog rock, Doom, Black Metal, NWOBHM, folk, and ambient/experimental to make up a reference for what the listener has in store for their ears. The band focuses on dynamics within their musicianship and proper use of inspiration to deliver a sound that doesn't sit neatly into any single description or genre. Lost Tribes Of The Moon takes their name from a reference to Clive Barker's Nightbreed movie and graphic novel and uses that type of dark story telling fictional (or not so) universe combined with lyrics based on stories of mythical figures and old tales to influence the vibe of this band.
Lost Tribes Of The Moon has been performing as a live band since September of 2017, but in that short time have hit the stage hard and have been a support act for such bands as Today Is The Day, Black Tusk, Immortal Bird, Doomstress, Dreadnought, Ails, Owl, Savage Master, and Vile Creature. The band's goals for the remainder of 2018 and 2019 is to promote their debut album and venture out to further regions beyond their hometown and the midwest to share their music and live sound with more and more audiences. Never are they satisfied with being content, the band also stays focused on progressing and regularly composing new material to evolve to the next phase of their existence.
Band Members: This Ka-Tet was founded in late 2015 by Jon Liedtke, a veteran guitarist and musician. While he has spent most of his career as a lead guitarist for previous Milwaukee bands such as Shroud Of Despondency, Face Of Ruin, and Ara, Jon is probably most recognized nationally and internationally as the theremin player for Relapse Records recording artists Inter Arma. His multi instrumental skills landed him in a unique working relationship with the Richmond, VA band and has appeared on their last 2 albums "The Cavern" and "Paradise Gallows". Jon has also played noteworthy festivals with them such as Maryland Death Fest, Roadburn Festival, and Psycho Fest as well as a recent European tour as direct support for the band Deafheaven. When conceiving the mindset for this band, Jon took influences from bands like Uli Roth era Scorpions, Trouble, Rainbow, St. Vitus, Iron Maiden, Bathory, Mercyful Fate, and of course some Black Sabbath with other genres of rock bands like King Crimson, Queen, and Genesis to put together the material for what is the band's debut album. As the guitarist and leader of the band, Jon combines all of his college music degree skills with his veteran experience as a performing musician into the sounds of Lost Tribes Of The Moon.
Jeremiah Messner plays drums and is the 2nd longest tenured member in the band. Jeremiah is veteran of the Milwaukee underground music scene and has played with a who's who of black metal bands including Cold Beyond, Shroud Of Despondency (where him and Jon Liedtke met) and Owl's Cry. As a performing drummer for over 20 years and well versed in the aforementioned influential genres for this band, his drumming style is the perfect compliment to the feel of each of their songs.
Janine Rohde is the voice of Lost Tribes Of The Moon, providing a wide range of vocal abilities as well as her violin skills to the intro and outro on their debut album. Janine arrives from her previous band, Nadoula where she learned the ropes of being a lead singer and front person in a metal band. Something else very noteworthy is her role as the voice of Bruce Dickenson in a local Iron Maiden tribute band called Maiden Milwaukee. This kind of experience and skills in the vocal department add an extra layer of powerful dynamics to the music of Lost Tribes Of The Moon.
Ben Wright rounds out this group as the newest member on bass. Ben stepped in to take the place of original bassist and recording member Jacob Muchin. As a well rounded musician, Ben provides an extra dynamic to his approach on bass for this band live and for future recordings, playing a more Geezer Butler/Bob Daisley style to fill in the pockets with notey bass lines where the music has more spacing.

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