Moloken are a band that is attempting to push their sound into new directions. It took them 4 years to create their new album “All Is Left To See” and it sounds like time well spent. This not your typical album in that it’s more about going in a direction versus repeating anything it has done. No, this is not verse/chorus/verse. Also it is not something so strange that you cannot follow it either.
Instead, the band remind me a bit of early Intronaut who were a band that knew that they needed to evolve. Moloken are evolving. The opening track “Subliminal Hymns” is half instrumental and then half vocal. The vocal section is just a verse. That’s a refreshing approach. These songs are all executed in a way that feels honest and specific to each track. Also the bass line on “Subliminal Hymns” is incredible, by the way!
The songs can be whatever they need. Some can be incredibly brief like “I Can’t Hear You” or “Burst” which is an aptly titled blast of energy. Others can be quite heavy as one would expect but more in line with progressive post metal than sludge metal as they have been labeled in the past. Check out “I Dig Deeper” as an example or the epic “Seventh Circle” which is my personal favorite. Both are progressive yet quite unsettling at the same time. Plus, this is the first part of a trilogy. Not JUST a trilogy but a CONCEPT trilogy. It doesn’t get proggier than that.
The concept is called “Mörkrets Kärna” and it deals with someone being dragged into their own pit of darkness and how they attempt to make sense of it all. “All Is Left To See” is not a pleasant album rather it is the perfect soundtrack to the descension into one’s own personal hell. Moloken have created a perfectly painful nightmare that has only begun with “All Is Left To See” and it will be fascinating to see what lie ahead in the next two parts of this trilogy of suffering.
1. Subliminal Hymns
2. All Is Left To See
3. I Can’t Hear You
5. Seventh Circle
7. I Dig Deeper
8. Beginning of The End
Label:Temple Of Torturous