Saturday 25 March 2023

Morass Of Molasses - End All We Know (Album Review)

Release Date: March 24th 2023. Record Label: Ripple Music. Formats: CD/DD/Vinyl

End All We Know: Tracklisting

1.The Origin of North 04:32

2.Hellfayre 03:58

3.Sinkhole 04:51

4.Naysayer 05:25

5.Slingshot Around the Sun 04:39

6.Terra Nova 03:59

7.Prima Materia 04:40

8.Wings of Reverie 05:30


Stoner Metallers Morass Of Molasses return with their triumphant third album End All We Know which sees the band offer a more heavier and twisted style of Stoner Metal. Their earlier Blues Rock tinged grooves are here but with a more metallic and psychedelic edge that is heard throughout the album. The vocals have a more mature approach with Morass Of Molasses venturing between the fine line of Stoner Rock and Stoner Metal which you can hear on the excellent opening track The Origin Of North.

The track is quite flashy and progressive for all the right reasons with the band showing some fine “Classic Hard Rock Guitar Shredding” towards the later stages of the track. Mostly instrumental with the briefest of vocals but it shows the new creative turn the band have taken with this album. The song does have a more of an aggressive “THRASH” based attitude which allows the band to explore their Heavy Metal roots that little bit further compared to their earlier releases.

Second song Hellfayre continues with that vibrant “Heavy Metal” energy with deft touches of Psych Stoner Metal being quite soulful and modern. The grooves are plentiful with sublime vocals leading the charge. The music can be melodic and forceful when the time calls for it. There’s a twinge of “mainstream” hard rock vibes with some of the more impressive guitar solos and shredding that accompany the catchy as hell vocals. 

Third song Sinkhole sees Morass Of Molasses drift slightly further to the Doom Rock vortex with the focus on AMPLIFIER DISTORTION in places. Shades of Thin Lizzy guitar sounds merge with an almost Orange Goblin approach allowing the band to offer one of the strongest tracks on the albums. Screeching Psychedelic sounds is another highlight with the band bringing a FUZZY atmosphere to the mix. Once again the song moves into heavier areas of Heavy Metal that is quite a captivating mix of different styles and shows you how talented these guys actually are.

Fourth song Naysayer opts for a more Post-Doom/Post-Stoner vibe with a sound that’s more restrained and builds up to an action-packed song. This song is quite solitary before the band return to their heavy Doom based sound which can be quite “PROTO-METAL” in places. The subtle Psychedelic Stoner Rock/Metal energy is used wisely yet again with Morass Of Molasses unleashing slightly more chaotic and aggressive vocals.

The second half of the album follows the same route as the first half with boisterous catchy Stoner based grooves on outstanding tracks such as: Slingshot Around The World, Prima Materia and Wings Of Reverie. The album maybe more Blues Based but Morass Of Molasses don’t rest on their creative laurels. As they throw a few more FUZZ based surprises along the way. The mood is perhaps even gloomier but everything is done for a mighty purpose. 

End All We Know is Morass Of Molasses most outstanding and electrifying release to date. As it’s packed full of classic STONER METAL grooves with sublime lyrics throughout. With the power of RIPPLE MUSIC releasing this album, Morass Of Molasses aimed BIG for this album and it paid off big time.

Words by Steve Howe

Thanks to Purple Sage PR for the promo.

End All We Know is available to buy now on CD/DD/Vinyl via via Ripple Music (USA) and Ripple Music (EU)


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