Saturday 24 February 2018

Iron Moth - The Kill Room Journal (EP Review)

Release date: 06th January 2018. Label: Goatlordth Records. Format: CD/DD

The Kill Room Journal – Tracklisting

1.The Hastie Fire (Peter Dinsdale) 04:51
2.The Burial Chamber 04:41
3.The Kill Room Journal 05:30
4.I, Satan 07:27
5.The Abyss of Cruelty 04:46


Vocals - Madec
Guitar/Sampler/Noise - Aizat Tarmizi
Guitar/Vocals - Khian
Bass - Man
Drums – Panjang


Iron Moth is a very nasty sounding Doom/Sludge/Stoner Metal band from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Their debut EP – The Kill Room Journal – offers a nightmarish heavy doom/sludge metal sound. Perhaps taking influence from Church Of Misery but with a more disturbing presence. The band also take influence from Weedeater, Electric Wizard and Bongzilla.

Iron Moth take a NO HOLDS BARRED approach with everything on their EP. The whole theme and atmosphere of the EP is scary as hell with Madec's vocals staying firmly within the more extreme style of death based growls. The music does have it's fair share of depressing Stoner riffs but they're buried under an avalanche of heavier sludge/doom metal sounds.

The standout songs on the EP have to be The Hastie Fire (Peter Dinsdale), The Kill Room Journal and I, Satan. As they're perhaps the heaviest songs on the EP and where the band show the most creativity with the lyrics and music.

Looking at the band's biography, these guys are seasoned pros who have played in a wide range of different bands and genres. I haven't came across many Doom/Sludge/Stoner Metal bands from Kuala Lumpur but I hope their equally as good as Iron Moth.

The production is what surprised me the most as I was expecting a lo-fi/DIY sound. However this sounds impressive from the start. As the EP sounds superb and it really comes alive when the heavier sounds appear.

The Kill Room Journal is a very nasty sounding piece of work and should go down a storm with the Doom/Sludge Metal community. Iron Moth are defnitiely a band to look out for in the future. Let's see what misery they will bring on future records. Until then The Kill Room Journal is ready to claim your soul!!!

Words by Steve Howe


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