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MOSE GIGANTICUS

Experimental/Post Metal • United States


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MOSE GIGANTICUS is the brainchild of Matt GARFIELD, based in Philadelphia. This basically means that GARFIELD has pretty much single-handedly written, produced and recorded his band project. By pulling from an extensive range of genres like hard rock, metal, and punk, GARFIELD has achieved his unique blend of sound which he labels as Progressive Sludge.

The project has recorded their debut album "Gift Horse" at Skylight Studios and released it to the public of July 21, 2010. Described by GARFIELD as a 'concept record about the struggle between a vengeful god and the deposed angel Lucifer leading to the Battle of Armageddon', the album seamlessly blends the sounds of Progressive Metal with the groove and heaviness of the Sludge Metal from bands like MASTODON, BARONESS and THE MELVINS.

Fans of experimental Sludge Metal will do themselves a huge disfavor if they manage to overlook MOSE GIGANTICUS. Also, highly recommended to Progressive Metal fans who are interested in exploring a wider range of bands that the sub-genre has to offer!

Touring members of the band include Dan EPPIHIMER on drums, Joe SMILEY and Scott REIGEL on guitars.

Biography by Rune2000

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Gift HorseGift Horse
Relapse 2010
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Invisible HandInvisible Hand
CD Baby 2008
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We Are OneWe Are One
Independent 2016
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Mose Giganticus Experimental/Post Metal

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4 stars "Gift Horse" is the 2nd full-length studio album by US, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania based sludge/heavy metal act Mose Giganticus. The album was released through Relapse Records (the bandīs first release on the label) in July 2010. Mose Giganticus was formed in 1999 by Matt Garfiel and released "The Invisible Hand" debut full-length studio album in 2006. Matt Garfiel handles all instruments and vocals on "Gift Horse".

Stylistically weīre treated to a relatively diverse sound, which draws influences from many musical genres. To my ears the primary sound is sludge though, and artists like Mastodon and Baroness in their least technical moments are valid references. There is a major presence of synths, organ, and electronics featured on the album though, which provide "Gift Horse" with a somewhat original sound. It took a few listens to grasp what the deal was, but Mose Giganticus is on to something pretty interesting here, that may lend stylistic elements from more prolific artists, but ultimately sounds relatively unique. The heavy sludge metal riffing and vocals are often spiced up with rockīnīroll, punk, and stoner elements (and more melodic vocals), which make the album quite intriguing. The fact that "Gift Horse" is a concept release describing the the struggle between God and Lucifer leading to Armageddon is not exactly a negative either, as it works well for the band.

"Gift Horse" is very well produced and if you didnīt know it, you wouldnīt be able to tell that everything on the album is played and sung by one man. Garfiel is definitely a very skilled musician/composer and itīs audible that Mose Giganticus is his baby as everything is delivered with great passion and conviction. As mentioned above it took me a few listens to warm up to "Gift Horse" and understand what Garfiel was trying to convey, so I can highly recommend giving the album more than a few spins before passing judgement. A 3.5 - 4 star (75%) rating is deserved.

Thanks to Rune2000 for the artist addition.

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