Mock The Mankind’s debut album, Ruination (which I liked a lot), gives me the opportunity to point out two things that, among others, I consider essential to the experience of listening to heavy metal, at least to my experience. Two lessons learned.
The first one is quite simple, maybe too simple: never underestimate the power of simplicity. There is not too simple a riff that couldn’t show the highest effectivness, if it’s handled sensibly. MTM pull their materials from doom/post-metal text book, adding no new ingredient, but shaping them with, if you allow me, deep faith, so that everything sounds really compelling. If you want an example, go to A Great Depression, and listen to the little bending that makes its appearance at 5’00”: at first it’s nothing, a little idea already heard, just a frown; but then check it again two minutes later and get what it’s become, and finally let it carry you to the end of the track.
The second thing is strictly connected to the first: no matter how simple are the musical ideas you are confronted with, learn to recognize the care with which they are expressed. I know, this could be vague, and highly personal, but I think it’s not completely so. Go to Planites, for instance, and listen. As above, it’s not something actually unheard, but it’s something definitely necessary for whom is playing it: they meant this.
Enough. I don’t want you to take me too seriously, let’s say that tonight I’m grateful to K. (bass), H. (drums) & T. (guitars), i.e. Mock the Mankind, from Athens (Attica, Greece; not Ohio, US).
Yours heavily, mp