One of the best, most enthralling black/death metal albums of 2018. Somewhat cerebral in song structure, punishingly heavy, and absolutely epic in execution from the mixing to the crisp drum sound and sharp guitars.
Favorite track: The Cradle.
The Order Of Apollyon was formed in 2008 by then Aborted members, guitarist BST (ex-Aosoth, VI) and drummer Dan Wilding (Carcass). Over the course of two studio albums, "The Flesh" (2010) and "The Sword And The Dagger" (2015), the band forged themselves a distinct path through death and black metal soundscapes, that evoke of Behemoth or Mgła, but with and edge towards French black metal in the vein of Aosoth or VI. After a line-up reconfiguration, forced by Wilding's transition to Carcass and conflicting schedules amongst remaining members, the band's French roots gained the upper hand. BST started off new and recruited veterans of his native black metal scene, including members of Temple Of Baal, Hell Militia and Merrimack. The new album "Moriah" is a testament to the new line-up, which introduced stability and evoked deeper levels of teamwork within the band. It is, without a doubt, the most coherent, mature and creative work the band ever put out.
"Moriah" was recorded, mixed and mastered at BST Studio, except for drums which were recorded at Studio de Saint-Loup. Artwork by Vincent Lécuyer.
This world is built upon lies. Who we are, who we could be--predetermined, predestined, set in stone before we are even born. But it doesn't have to be that way. Lies can be exposed, foundations leveled, new structures built of blood and bone--living, screaming, free. Dave Aftandilian
What I find interesting about this album is that while there is an unrelenting wall of sound made by blastbeats and discordant BM riffs, on several of the songs there is a melody that seems to have been deconstructed and scattered through the song..like moments of lucidity and peace in a nightmare. While I generally do not dig things that are "atmospheric" (read:dull) you might call this atmospheric death metal that is still quite technical and constantly surprising. Matthew Rukgaber
A corrosive mix of death, doom, psychedelia, and black metal, the Portland quartet’s debut full-length is a bona fide underground monolith that shapeshifts with each listen, all while maintaining its essential heaviness. Bandcamp Album of the Day Feb 1, 2019