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Upon Stone – Dead Mother Moon Review

First of all, this album absolutely RIPS – a somewhat cheesy statement for sure, but listen and you’ll see that it’s TRUE. Dead Mother Moon is a very succinct Melodic Death album, featuring 9 awesome tracks across 32 minutes. I’ve been largely addicted to this album and it’s soaring melodies and crushing riffs over the past week, but I did take a short break to go back and listen to their debut EP Where Wild Sorrows Grow. That is fantastic as well, but it’s obvious they’ve had tremendous growth over the past two years.

Much of Dead Mother Moon sounds like it was plucked straight out of 1990’s Sweden, as it features the classic Gothernberg sound, but it also has a twist – Lead vocalist Xavier Wahlberg’s crusty, punk-like harshness. It’s an incredible fusion of sound that is far removed from most modern metalcore sounds, landing it squarely as Melodic Death Metal with a lot of uniqueness to it.

The songs on the album range from intense, fast-paced grinds with black metal influences all the way to pure, calm melodies – and it does this while maintaining that Melodic Death Metal sound. Even more impressive than the blending of styles is the fact that each song sounds distinctly different, yet part of the same whole. This is a rare album that manages to include something for everyone, sans the bloat.

Honestly, this is one of the most impressive albums so far in 2024, and I’ll be shocked if it doesn’t end up on my top10 list for the year. Hell, I’ll be shocked if it doesn’t end up on most people’s. It’s a nearly perfect MeloDeath album, with something for everyone. The only reason I didn’t give it a perfect score is because the production could be slightly better. Aside from that, I love everything about it.


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