Moths – Space Force (Review)

Moths - Space ForceThis is the debut album from Moths, a progressive doom band from Puerto Rico.

Moths paint from a rich and diverse palette and play a form of music that takes influence from a range of places. In essence it’s a mix of stoner, doom, psychedelic, and progressive metal, which has then been expanded to include elements of space rock, 70s progressive rock, and jazz. It’s quite the experience, and Space Force contains 28 minutes of characterful material.

The band’s music takes in a range of different influences that complement the core styles mention above. A highly creative album that’s as colourful as the cover artwork suggests, these songs are charismatic and idiosyncratic. The music is a real clash of styles and eras, from the 70s and earlier to more contemporary forms of metallic expression. A range of textures can be felt across the album, and the music delivers both heaviness and lightness, and much in between. Huge stoner riffs might be in play one moment, whereas Latin-themed jazz might be the order of business the next.

The music is atypical and full of personality. Progressive flourishes abound, as does an inventive flair for combining different sounds and ideas that you might not expect to work, but actually do. Moths find a way to make it happen all while creating music that might have multiple moving differently shaped parts, but sounds like it all belongs together regardless.

Vocally we get a singer capable of both expressive clean singing and harsh growls, (with the weighting firmly on the former). She has a strong voice, knows how to use it, and her performance is first-rate.

Space Force offers a journey through the outer heavens, experiencing sights and sounds that you just wouldn’t get to experience here on Earth. Moths have produced an album that’s intriguing, enjoyable, and refreshing.

Highly recommended.

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