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Tuesday, 25 November 2014
M.O.B – Out From The Dark (CD)
I think M.O.B has been around since before
Adam and Eve wore leaves, and they are still going strong. I will start by
saying I think the band’s new album “Out From The Dark” is their best effort so
far! The album opens with the dark, heavy and stomping “The Beast In Me”. The
words dark and heavy actually come to mind quite often. It may be the fact that
singer Fredrik Notling has struggled with cancer which has put a prominent
stamp on both the music and the lyrics. Well, it seems like something good
actually can come out of the bad. This new dark side fits the band perfectly.
The title track continues in the dark vein, but also has a nice major scale
guitar harmony part as a nice counterpart. “Legions Of The Antichrist” is true
crushing metal in the vein of latter day Priest or Accept! The heaviest I’ve
heard from this band. “Nightmare”, I would have thought would continue the
battering metal ram. But, oh no. It is a melodic, almost poppy hard rock
number. Not my favorite, but still ok. “By My Side” also shows a different
side of the band. It is a beautiful, melancholic, fragile, almost Freddie
Mercury:ish piano ballad. “The Dark Defender” brings back the metal and we are
on track again. “Nowhere” is a heavy, almost doomy number, but with melodic
vocals that gives it a totally different vibe. A cool song, indeed! This is by
far the most “metal” album M.O.B have ever produced, and to be honest, they do
it really well! Great job, boys!