Saturday 3 August 2019

Morass Of Molasses - The Ties That Bind (Album Review)

Release date: June 7th 2019. Label: Wasted State Records. Format: CD/DD/Vinyl

The Ties That Bind – Tracklisting

1.The Darkening 01:12
2.Woe Betide 03:54
3.Death Of All 04:21 video
4.Estranger 06:24
5.Legend Of The Five Suns 03:54
6.As Leaves Fall 01:33
7.Persona Non Grata 06:59
8.In Our Sacred Skin 05:56
9.The Deepest Roots 04:06


Vocals/Baritone - Bones Huse
Lead Guitar - Phil Williams
Drums/Vocals/Percussion - Raj Puni
Backing Vocals - Sian Greenaway
Flute - Matt Ainsworth


The Ties That Bind is the new album from UK Doom/Stoner Metal crew – Morass Of Molasses – and coming two years after their excellent album – These Paths We Tread. The band continue their Blues Rock fused Doom/Stoner Metal hybrid sound that offers a highly captivating journey that sees the band take influence from the 70s, 80s and 90s Hard Rock/Heavy Metal scene.

The album can be too crazy for it’s own good and you start to notice this in the second song – Woe Behide – which plays as a FUCKED UP style of Prog Rock, Stoner Metal, Psych and Blues Rock. Whoever decided to add 70s style vocal melodies to the fast-paced modern day Stoner Rock grooves deserves a medal or pat on the back. As I wasn’t expecting that at all.

The album continues with it’s wicked mash-up of different styles for the rest of the album with Morass Of Molasses defying genre expectations and writing their own rules as they see fit. The vocals from Bones are perhaps the weirdest and best part of this album. As they sound so vastly different to other Doom/Stoner Metal albums currently within the UK scene.

Though the rest of the band deserve credit for writing highly original Doom/Stoner Metal grooves for Bones to sing his vocals against. The music can be sweet natured to listen to at times. However that doesn’t stop the band playing more distorted and nightmarish sounds on the later stages of the album. You just don’t know what to expect with this album and that what makes it such a rarity in music nowadays.

You have to expect the unexpected with Morass Of Molasses and this album will keep guessing until the very end.

Standout songs have to be: Death Of All, Estranger, Legend Of The Five Suns and Persona Non Grata.

The Ties That Band has a huge likeability factor and I can see this album establishing Morass Of Molasses as one of the most innovative bands within the UK Doom/Stoner Metal scene in the near future.

Excellent and Highly Recommended.

Words by Steve Howe

Thanks to Mona at All Noir PR for the promo. The Ties That Bind is available to buy now on CD/DD/Vinyl via WastedState Records now.