The Black Moriah, Dreamkeeper
Sat, October 19, 2019
Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pmTrees
$8.00 - $20.00
This event is all ageshttp://www.treesdallas.com/event/1836691/
Formed in late 2004, we set out to show the local metal scene that Warbringer was a force to be reckoned with, playing no-holds barred rip-roaring thrash metal. After a 4-song demo and ton...s of shows with fellow ragers like Merciless Death, Fueled By Fire, Hirax, Dekapitator, and Toxic Holocaust, we released our "One by One the Wicked Fall" EP in October of 2006. Later that year we had the privilege of signing to one of the most respected heavy metal labels in the world, Century Media.
We recorded our debut album, "War Without End" in the fall of '07 with Mr. Bill Metoyer (Slayer, Fates Warning, Sacred Reich, Hallows Eve) and went on to appear on a few compilation albums such as Speed Kills...Again, Metal For the Masses 6 and Thrashing Like a Maniac comp with some of the best acts around.
We've been honing our live show into a violent thrash assault touring the US with Exodus, Goatwhore and Arsis in January/February; Nile, Suicide Silence, The Faceless and Unexpect in March/April; Europe with Napalm Death and Suffocation in May/June, a week of headline shows in the UK with Gama Bomb, and back to Europe in August with Sworn Enemy and All Shall Perish, which kicked off with our performance at Wacken Open Air, another US/Canadian tour with Finntroll and finally in Oct. supporting Overkill. What a year!
We'll take Nov. and Dec. off completing the writing of the second album and plan to record in January before we go back out on tour. So far we're booked from end of Jan - end of May in the US with back to back tours with Soilwork/Darkane and Kreator/Exodus with plans to spend most of the summer in Europe again.
Thanks to all of you for your continued support, you guys fucking rule!
THRASH OR BE THRASHED FUCKERS!
As far as remastered demos go, the production here isn't too bad. The guitars sound pretty rough, but all the instruments are clearly audible. The drums are unexpectedly superb - thunderous and crushing, a perfect match for the musical style here. Doug Trevison's vocals should still be recognizable to anyone familiar with Fatal Violence (and if you're not, you need to listen to it, *now*), though his style here is much more restrained, remaining mainly in the midrange in stark contrast to his shrieks and wails in Fatal Violence. I'd say the style suits him more - his work here is nearly haunting, and really helps to build the atmosphere. To build on the Fatal Violence comparisons, Rob Charrier's bass work is equally prominent here, and just as great.
The album kicks off with High Treason, which sounds a lot like Fates Warning's Traveler in Time if you were to ramp up the aggression and remove the vocal acrobatics. It's a truly fantastic track that keeps up the momentum with its relentless riffs, and then completely floors you with a breakneck solo of the highest caliber. The next two tracks are long, doomy epics, clocking in at 8 minutes and 7 minutes, respectively. Salem's Curse is the superior of the two, transitioning from quick, momentous segments to drawn-out doomy chords with ease, and though it plods a bit towards the end it still satisfies. Final Conflict doesn't fail to please, either, with its quiet segments during which Doug Trevison really shines, punctuated by crushing riffs and some superb shredding.
The album then changes gears with the unexpected speed metal number, Born to Avenge, which kicks copious amounts of ass. Bury the Knife is next, the last of the demo tracks, which again is a departure from the previous tracks with its catchy grooves and traditional metal sensibilities, but this, too, is executed flawlessly.
Following the five original demo tracks are a whole slew of rehearsal tracks, all of which are fairly good but, unsurprisingly, also very lacking in sound quality. Still, all have their fair share of awesome moments and great riffs, and are worth a listen.
If you can get past the demo-level production, there's some top-notch USPM to be found on this release. Definitely recommended.
In the Spring of 2011, The Black Moriah entered the studio to record their first effort "Casket Prospects". Upon completion of the album, these outlaws on the outskirts spread their gallows medicine from New Orleans to El Paso.
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