Image by Gobinder Jhitta
Review by Alexander Hannam
The year is off to a magnificent start with one of the freshest and most original concept albums of the decade.
Anatomical Venus feels like a thoroughly polished masterpiece, like an album that only comes around once in a band’s lifetime. I’d be willing to bet that this is Leeds-based stoner rockers Black Moth’s shining moment if it weren’t for the array of talent on show here. This is a band you need to keep an eye on as their tracks truly reinvigorate a genre that is often described as being in desperate need of new ideas.
The opening track Istra is instantly memorable thanks to Harriet Hyde’s beautifully powerful vocals, the catchy hook of the song is orchestrated in a way that the band feels truly like one whole unit, guitars bouncing off vocals in perfect metal harmony.
Secondly is the single Moonbow which follows perfectly on from Istra, giving more powerful lyrics and catchy choruses. Whilst it seems like I am repeating myself a lot in this review, that is mostly due to the fact that I don’t know if words can do this album justice, it needs to be heard – and keeps you hooked from beginning to end.
Screen Queen is my favourite track on the album thanks to its beautiful harmonies with the vocal layering on the chorus, not to mention a killer guitar solo that is as memorable as it is impressive – not many bands can sport such an achievement. Not even some of the greats.
Ultimately what I’m trying to get across is that this album is amazing and you’d be doing yourself a disservice to not buy it on CD – and I can imagine it being tremendous on vinyl.