Welcome to Heavy Blog is Heavy’s feature, “The Anatomy Of.” Taken from the Between The Buried And Mealbum of the same name, in which the band pays tribute to artists/bands that they feel have most inspired their songwriting, “The Anatomy Of” allows us to hand off the metaphorical microphone to bands so they can talk about their influences. Read more entries from this series here.
In the kaleidoscopic jigsaw puzzle of King Moat‘s sound there are flitters of deviance and disorder. Deviance from current genre troupes. Disorder stemming from the unpredictable nature of each progressing passage of their music. At it’s most primitive, it’s mean. At it’s heady heights, unnervingly addictive.
Real evil music doesn’t need extended range guitars or harsh noise to grab attention. King Moat do it with their fuzzed over guitars and vocals so over the top in every aspect that they work better than most. If you haven’t checked out “Conduit” yet. Do it. Album out soon. Now, to understand a bit more where this band come from with their screams, licks and riffs. Members of the band spread light on the music that in some way or another help shape their sound. Spread open The Anatomy Of: King Goat.
Mastodon – The Czar
From Crack The Skye by Mastodon, an album which I have listened to many times, the one track that I like the most above all the rest is “The Czar”. Mastodon have created an atmosphere consisting of ethereal soundscapes that naturally evolve into heavy progressive riffs. The dynamic structure of the track amplifies the effectiveness of every section as they seamlessly progress into each other. Songs like this one are probably the reason why I tend to write long songs with a certain narrative to them, straying from a “verse, chorus, verse” structure.
In The Woods… – 299,796km/s
Norway’s In The Woods… started strange and became stranger as time progressed. This track opens up their album Omnio, showing their ability to effortlessly draw many threads together into a coherent whole: soaring clean vocals, strings, melodic lead lines, driving riffage… The whole album is a masterpiece and this track amazes me every time I hear it, to the extent that on Conduit we hoped to achieve a similar balance between the musically soft, the driving and the huge majestic sections. That is, of course, for the listener to decide.
Oathbreaker – The Abyss Looks into Me
I think this is best listened to as part of the full album (with the track “As I Look Into the Abyss” preceding it). This is the first point on this album where the tempo really drops close to something you might expect of King Goat. The way in which both beautiful and chaotically dark elements are combined is something I aspire to, as well as the way in which the bass and drum rhythms lock together and push forward to create a very real heavy weariness.
Kylesa – Steady Breakdown
This song has a hazy psychedelic stoner vibe, which we definitely touch on in a few places on our album- the bass lines are groovy, simple but very efficient in a way that sits with the other rhythmic elements. They have a great sound as a band- especially with the multiple drummers distinctly audible at points.
Rainbow – Stargazer
If you don’t like this song, you’re wrong.
King Goat’s Conduit will see release March 25th, 2016. Pre-orders, as well as a stream of the title track, are available via Bandcamp.