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Mother Of God
Anthropos

SS-134/2013

Mother of God is:
Daniel Nygren: Vocals, Guitars
Johan Kvastegard: Guitars
Carl Lindblad: Bass Guitar
Jimmy Hurtig: Drums

Additional Musician:
Pierre Swärd: Organ on “To Live” and “Hoenan”

Produced by Erik Nerback and Mother of God.
Recorded and engineered by Erik Nerback at BoomRoom, Borlänge (Sweden).
Mixed by Erik Nerback.
Mastered by Chris Goosman at Baseline Audio Labs, Ann Arbor, MI (USA).
Album Artwork & Design: Cover artwork by Sanna Albenius, Logo and album title by Robin Gnista.
Additional logo touch-up and design by Alexander von Wieding.

All lyrics and music written by Mother of God.
Published by Small Stone Records (ASCAP)

Reviews for Anthropos ...

City Slang/ Metrotimes

The Mother of God dudes describe themselves as “rock/stoner/grunge” from Sweden, and their Anthropos album, the latest from Small Stone Records, bears this out. The vocals are very Chris Cornell-esque, the guitar is fuzzy in an almost-Stooges way, and the whole album is heavy as fuck. It’s great to hear the band sing in Swedish for “Graenslandet”.

- Brett Callwood


09/25/2013
blogs.metrotimes.com/index.php/2012/09/city-slang-weekly-music-review-roundup-63/

Rocktopia

First full length CD from the Swedish doom rockers.

Small Stone Records are gaining quite a name for themselves with some of their signings, and Mother of God is sure to be another success story in the making. These Swedish doom rockers have released their first full length CD, which incorporates the influences of Led Zeppelin and Alice In Chains in an impressive mixture.

The strangely titled '230' kicks things of with a formable, yet desolate guitar riff that sounds like early Soundgarden. 'Graenslandet' is a slow rocker sung in the bands native tongue – an ambitious statement that loses none of the songs potency due to this. With Mother Of God, it's all about groove and atmosphere as 'The Forest' aptly displays, one moment bouncing along in an untamed assault, the next steering closer to something The Doors would have produced in the their more subtle moments. Singer and guitarist Daniel Nygren screeches like a banshee in 'Aim for the Sun' and the song seems to dissolve into chaos, leaving us with a groaning whine of foreboding, before fading away. There is a real depth behind the melancholy vocal work in 'Adrift', and the song is so slow and sombre you almost expect it to just grind to a halt at some point. It clearly shows the band are happy to drift down a great many rivers in their search for new musical ideas, even incorporating an element of jazz among the beautiful and emotive guitar work.

I enjoyed the addition of some Hammond organ in 'To Live', as this really gives the song a very cool seventies vibe, and at times sounding not unlike Danzig. With a funereal drumbeat, the psychedelic soup of 'Something From Below' relies on tempo to produce an atmosphere of tension. The fleeting melody fades in and out of the song like a distant memory before we travel off into space-rock territory. The harmonic style delivered in 'R.McCord' is the closest resemblance to a commercial sound, despite its lazy yet evocative vocals, and it is another triumph of song writing for the band.

At times, Mother Of God is super-depressive, yet they retain a natural and hypnotic groove, and bring a lot to the table in their style of writing.

- Ray Paul


July 16th, 2013
www.rocktopia.co.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=3885:mother-of-god-anthropos

Daredevil (Germany)

Another cool output from US leading Stoner, Psychedelic, Fuzz, Rock label Small Stone Records. Mother of God from Sweden play Stoner Rock in the veins of Kyuss and early Dozer. Of course with some influences from the 79s (Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath) and the 90s (Soundgarden). Back in the good old times. The opening song "230" sounds like a mix of old COWBOYS AND ALIENS and KYUSS with great fuzz guitars, great hooklines and a mighty, Garcia-like voice. Great opening! And the highlight on that record. GRAENSLANDET is in their language and it fits very good. First strange, but after some seconds really awesome! Midtempo drumming and great fuzz guitars and that awesome vocal lines. Another good song. SOMETHING FROM BELOW is another highlight on that record. The band released a good record for a debut and I think with some good support and touring they can make the next step forward. So far ANTHROPOS is a good statement, but in my eyes not a Stoner Rock highlight. Not all tracks are good as the opener or the beautiful AIM FOR THE SUN and TO LIVE (which have some comparison to Soundgarden). Most stuff is not unique and yoiu got the feeling of some "cover" band. I know it is not easy to create something new, but sometimes it really sounds not straight away. And some more cool hooklines and choruses are missing. But all in all a good debut and if you like the above mentioned bands, check the swedish rockers out.

- Jochen


January 13th, 2013
www.daredevilrecords.de/8.html

The Ripple Effect

A killer, full-tilt assault of stoned out, heavy rock n roll.  Great guitar tone and vocals to match as the band tears through a deserted highway of 11 tracks, all with maximum groove and fuzz.  Reminds me of Greenleaf in a head on collision with Fu Manchu somewhere in the desert Kyuss.  And some dude is standing by the wreckage sporting a boom box blasting some classic Soundgarden.  Classic retro-70's rock, stoner vibe and modern grunge.  And it all happens under a polychromatic sky of the setting sun becaue these guys don't simply ride one groove and one riff into oblivion.  They play with the dynamics and textures and paint an entire panorama.   As good as Small Stone is, this is one of my favorite releases of theirs in a while.  An embarrassment of riches, really. 

- Racer


June 17th, 2013
www.ripplemusic.blogspot.com/2013/06/short-attention-span-theater-featuring.html

Rock-A-Rolla

While opener 230's wailing Garcia-sims belted out over hot-rod guitars hint at yet another Kyuss-idolising riff peddlers, it's to the eternal testament of Sweden's Mother Of God that they never allow themselves to tread the same ground twice. There may be a few other big, hard-hitting hooks peppered throughout this accomplished full-length, but there're also moments of moody, grungy introspection (Windows), whisky-sippin' blues (Adrift) and straight-up rawk (To Live) which, thanks to a jack-of-all-trades rhythm section and the candidness of Daniel Nygren's multifaceted tongue, are all just as vital to this varied and refreshingly honest collection.

- David Bowes


April 25th, 2013
rock-a-rolla.com/main/?p=4292

Get Ready To Rock

wedish band who have released a couple of EP’s to date before this their debut album on Small Stone Records, a label fast becoming a leading light for stoner/classic 70′s groove rock albums. Mother Of God look set to carry on the high standards as they have a varied and enjoyable musical array on this album.

Definite highlight is the foot stomping ’230′, classy groovy hard rock. They show their stoner/space rock side on songs like ‘Aim For The Sun’ and the wonderfully trippy ‘Adrift’. Mind you listen ‘To Live’ and they rock out like Pearl Jam jamming with Sabbath and the added organ makes the song heavier. The extended jam of ‘Lucy’ takes the listener from frantic riffs through to more mellower moments, impressive stuff.

There is much to enjoy on here – an album to chill out to and savour.

***1/2

- Jason Ritchie


February 16th, 2013
getreadytorock.me.uk/blog/2013/02/album-reviews-kill-devil-hill-hinder-nitrogods-kingcrow/

Terrascope

On the same label Mother of God turn everything up, add fuzz and rock out on their high energy album “Anthropos”. Definitely lost in some stoner desert, the sun frying their brains, the band just go for it, some fine riffing and loads of attitude seeing them through. As with all good rock bands, the rhythm section keeps it solid and simple allowing the guitars to soar, with “ the Forest” showing this approach to perfection. Elsewhere, “Aim For the sun” is slow, heavy and moody, whilst album closer “Lucy” is a deep-space slice of heavy psychedelia that hits the spot.

- Simon Lewis and Steve Palmer


March 23rd, 2013
www.terrascope.co.uk/Reviews/Rumbles_March_13.htm

Ear Munchies

Mother of God are here to show the casual listener, and all the people that rock 'n' roll isn't dead. Sure it might hibernate for a little while, but Sweden seems to have something in the water over there. A penchant for fuzz, if you will. Or just a comprehensive take on rock. Whatever the case may be "Anthropos" is the first full length from this quartet, and their first release on Smallstone Records, and what an impressive slab of rock it is.

What really grabs my head with this album are the vocals. Obviously giving a huge nod to Chris Cornell here, sounding hauntingly familiar, right out of the gate like Loud Love era Soundgarden on the first track "230" and a few other tracks like "Aim for the Sun", "To Live" and "Lucy" really bring that element into the songs. So you have the grunge but you also get some tripped out psychedelic interludes here and there and retro fuzzy grooves throughout the album. "Anthropos" will be stuck in my CD player for months to come, another fabulous release from a label that never disappoints. Awesome. Grab the files now over on Bandcamp, or wait until feburary for the physical release. Hell, do both!

- Adamw

 


September 29th, 2012
earmunchies.blogspot.com/2012/09/woke-up-at-dawn-and-felt-presence.html

The Sleeping Shaman

Hot on the heels of bands such as Graveyard, Witchcraft and Horisont Sweden throws up yet another retrogressive bunch of hairies looking back to the halcyon days of the 70’s for their musical kicks in the form of Mother Of God. Coming from the Small Stone stable you immediately know that this is going to be a decent release as it carries the same Small Stone stamp of quality as all of their label mates’ recent releases but what sets these guys apart?

Well, although the Mother Of God sound does draw heavily from the 70’s they do manage to inject some tasty grunge overtones that bring to mind bands such as Soundgarden and Alice In Chains. In particular the vocals of Daniel Nygren occupy the same sort of territory as the much missed Layne Staley and prove to be very much a strong selling point of this album being both powerful, melodic and impassioned. This guy definitely has an impressive set of pipes on him that give the album that much needed sense of identity, particularly on tracks such us “Aim For The Sun” and “Windows” which are instilled with the same grinding sense of gloomy dramatics and offbeat rhythmic pulsing as Soundgarden’s “Louder Than Love” album.

Elsewhere, putting the Seattle sound comparisons aside, Mother Of God do draw from the familiar well of influences such as Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin offering up a platter packed with fat, juicy riffs and huge grooves as well as shrewd shifts in dynamics such as the bluesy, Floydesque strains of “Adrift” to prevent the whole listening experience from being too one dimensional. It has to be said there is also a certain “Swedishness” that is obvious in the band’s sound. It’s hard to put a finger on it but there is a particular thread that seems to run through bands such as Greenleaf, Skanska Mord and Horisont that bands outside of Sweden don’t really have…a subtle combination of melancholy and the grandiose. Maybe this is down to living in country that is afflicted by long periods of near darkness each year, yet being surrounded by some of the most beautiful women in the world!!! That said Mother Of God aren’t afraid to hit the gas and rock out with some fine boogie on tracks such as “To Live and “Hoenan”.

If I have one slight issue with Mother Of God it is the same as the issue I had with their recent label and tour mates Abrahma, that being while this album is playing it is certainly a very fine listen and has everything in the right places…the playing is excellent, particularly the aforementioned vocals, the production is warm and thick with great clarity and punch and the riffs are great…yet once the album has finished spinning there are only a few vague snatches that remain in my memory and this is after several listens over the space of a couple of months. Even as I sit here writing this review listening to the album as I go, the earlier songs on the album have largely faded from view. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, sometimes it’s the overall vibe and sound of an album that has the true appeal over the actual hooks and melodies but this is a band that have the ability to create some great music and to play it to a high standard, so I would like to hear that matched with some truly killer refrains that will pull me back in again and again and as yet I’m not certain that will happen.

Criticisms aside, this is yet another very fine album from the Small Stone stable that shows the label is not so firmly rooted in spit and sawdust biker rock and has a keen eye for talent on a worldwide scale.

- Ollie Stygall


November 30th, 2012
www.thesleepingshaman.com/reviews/album-reviews/m/mother-of-god-anthropos-cd-dd-2013/

The Sludgelord (Blog UK)

 Track one, 230 there is an immediately recognisable stoner riffage of the desert variety, as we are basically stampeded through Death Valley.  This intro riff not quite pilfered, but more compulsory gives me a perfect initial idea of what I’m going to be getting on this album. The vocals remind me immediately of Spice from The Mushroom River Band, the songs structured around this well sung vocal, forming a perfect relationship with the instruments as we are served this meat and potatoes stoner main course first.

Graenslandet, implies more of the same but sung in their native tongue and with the bass nice and high in the mix, they breakdown into a groove reminiscent of old Acrimony, catchy as hell short and sweet!   I only wish I knew what it was all about.  With The Forest this rhythm riff takes me way back when The Doors were the band of the moment and Jim Morrison was king of the crooners.  This song is a nice break from the norm and sequenced among the songs perfectly and even picks up pace as The Doors would’ve with nice guitar leads and vocal flourishes.  Aim For The Sun the intro of which,  is fantastic psyche blues and opens up a little like Layne Staley would sing it for Alice in Chains, and to be honest there is a little early nineties throughout  this album even breaking into some Soundgarden. The song then speeds up for a little while and I get the impression that they jammed the ending.
The next couple of songs start out quite mellow, allowing Daniel to properly sing and mix it up with his vocal range, he gives it a radio friendly commercial edge which isn’t a bad thing at all.  I would welcome this sort of thing on the radio warmly.  Something From The Edge takes us back into a much more psychedelic feeling, mixing a sort of shoe gaze effect, with some cool guitar effects phasing in and out of the chorus and incorporating sweet fuzzy leads.  The longest and last track Lucy, we are back in the saddle with the stoner desert grooves.  A decent repetitive catchy riff is just what a record like this needs to bow out on, bluesy bridges and heavy horse riding riffs aplenty.
I find myself thinking back to when stoner rock was just that, classic feeling, completely uplifting and downright fucking Hooky.
 

- John Slaymaker


October 25th, 2012
thesludgelord.blogspot.com/2012/10/mother-of-god-anthropos-album-review.html

Subba-Cultcha

An earthy, heady brew of grunge, stoner and classic rock. Fine debut from these Swedish rockers. OUT NOW!

Sweden, much like Jamaica or good old Blighty, produces an astonishing amount of quality music considering its population size. Whether it’s the classic pop melodies of Abba, the intelligent and moving indie of The Soundtrack Of Our Lives and The Cardigans, the modern folk-rock of The Amazing, or the heavy grunge rock of Dozer and Dungen. It’s the latter genre that best describes the music made by Mother Of God.

The four-piece band hailing from Morgardshammer, have just released the debut album following two low-key EPs. While it has a firm foot in the retro, stoner rock camp for which Small Stone Records are well known, there’s a nod to both the classic heavy rock of Led Zeppelin as well as the mutant grunge of ’90s Seattle.

There’s also the band’s own fearless Nordic stamp which makes for a heady, earthy and organic brew. With the music alternating between the assault of driving riffs, moody and textured passages, and occasional forays into almost jazz-rock sections, the band seem equally at ease with tight and controlled riffage as they are with stretching out and improvising.

Hats off to the band for including one song sung in Swedish (Graenslandet). Elsewhere the lyrical bent is steered towards the eternally mystic nature of life, death and all in-between, knowingly and winningly vague you could say. All in all a fine effort. Special mention goes to guest musician Pierre Swärd for his organ playing on three tracks. If there ever been a better complimentary flavour in rock than heavy guitars and a B-3 Hammond, I’ve yet to hear it.

rating 8/10

- Duncan Fletcher


February 26th, 2013
www.subba-cultcha.com/music/mother-of-god-anthropos/

Lords Of Metal

Bands that are inspired by the early seventies are so 2012. Grunge is the new retro. OK, grunge as a genre is of course mainly inspired by the seventies, but who cares. Mother Of God jumps the band wagon with their first full-length cd Anthropos, released on Small Stone, a label very much in touch with anything that is hip as long as it sounds old. Mother Of God is their latest Swedish addition to the catalogue. One that will prove easier to pronounce than the illustrious Skånska Mord (see our reviews here and here).

Mother Of God does a groovy type of grunge in Alice in Chains tradition with strong hints to classic (hard-)rock from the likes as Jimi Hendrix, Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin. What gets noted are a strong preference for melody (so old-fashioned) and lots of variety. Roaring hard rock stompers such as To Live with screaming lead guitars, primordial cries like Listen to the howling beast and blazing organs on the background shout out ROCK N ROLL!!! in capital letters. They go side by side with tranquil melancholic ballads and pure grunge in 230 or Windows. As if Seattle actually was a suburb of Stockholm, this is how Mother Of God sounds at times, especially when they use their mother tongue. Graenslandet proves Swedish has as much rock street credibility as English. It is not often that one hears a band that can do slow desolately sounding songs as well as more fast paced stuff. It is one of the merits of Mother Of God on a cd that can be called a fine debut. It certainly is not perfect. Towards the end the quality level drops a bit, but that still makes Mother Of God a promise for the future.

- Jan-Simon


February 8th, 2013
www.lordsofmetal.nl/en/reviews/view/id/23788

Austin Chronicle

Like many Swedish hard rock acts, Mother of God clearly loves its Kyuss records. Between the melodic groove-grunge of opener "230" and guitarist Daniel Nygren's soulful wail, the debt's paid. That said, MoG reaches deeper into its stash than its forebears ever did, adding a bluesy boogie to the psychedelic stomp. "To Live" greases its wheels, while "Something From Below" heads for inner space and "Adrift" sways with the desert wind. "Windows" shifts locale from the Cali desert to the Pacific Northwest, evoking an imagined mind meld between Soundgarden and Alice in Chains. Nothing even whispers originality here, but Anthropos satisfies heavy, yesteryear cravings.

***

- Michael Toland


February 8th, 2013
www.austinchronicle.com/music/2013-02-08/mother-of-god-anthropos/

All Music

Mother of God's debut album is named Anthropos, based on the original Greek meaning of the word: human -- by which one could argue that the Swedish four-piece is either appealing to everyman honesty or seeking to transcend just that with its music. Any guesses? Truth is, whatever the truth, Mother of God are only human...but since when is that a bad thing? Whether the group is peeling off urgent, riff-driven muscle cars like "230," "Graenslandet," and "Hoenan," or vaguely psychedelic dirges such as "Aim for the Sun" and "Windows," the abiding aesthetic commandeering Anthropos is one of Soundgarden fronted by Kyuss vocalist John Garcia, and, no, that doesn't mean the band simply sounds like Unida! In fact, new ingredients are continually added to the recipe as the album progresses, including somberly mellow vibes on "Adrift" and "Lucy" (think Mad Season), thrumming organ on "To Live," and then quasi-doom sloth/heaviness on "Something from Below." As the album's conclusion approaches, the inspiration game's final score is probably Seattle grunge 3 vs. stoner rock 2 -- in an upset, based on the initial nature of game play. But the fact is that actual winners and losers matter little or nothing at all, since Mother of God's entertaining obsession with both of these musical family trees ultimately makes winners of simpatico listeners of all stripes in the end.

- Eduardo Rivadavia


December 18th, 2012
www.allmusic.com/album/anthropos-mw0002434002

Dr. Doom's Lair

“ἄνθρωπος” (or “Anthropos” with the use of latin letters) is the Greek word for “Human”. Many experts believed that this really ancient word (which remains the same in modern Greek) is made by the terms “ἄνω ” (Ano which means up) + “θρώσκω” (Throsko which means jump) + ὄπωπα (opopa which means look). Based on this etymology the humans are the only species that can move while looking up, or metaphorically become better by achieving their dreams. I believe the Swedish four-piece did their study not only in ancient Greek but also in quality music.

MOTHER OF GOD’s music in its core is Stoner Rock with Grunge tints completing the strict Stoner Rock setting. I would describe this band as a bunch of 70’s lovers, impressed by the mind explanatory compositions of ACRIMONY and the rusty playing of SOUNDGARDEN. Of course, this combination has been achieved in the past with success. Yet, MOTHER OF GOD’s style sounds really refreshing and their high quality material gives the impression of a quite original style.

Extra credits must be given to Daniel Nygren’s work on the vocals. He can sound raw when he wants to be aggressive and melancholic in the calmer parts. In the higher scales his voice reminds John Garcia but he does equally well in all ranges while his tone remains recognizable.

I don’t know who is scouting for Small Stone Records but he should get a raise with all these great bands they have signed in the last couple of years. MOTHER OF GOD are not kings yet, after all this is their debut, but if you like Stoner then I think you’ll agree these guys have what it takes.

- drdoomslair


November 13th, 2012
drdoomslair.com/2012/11/13/mother-of-god-anthropos2012/

Heavy Planet

Small Stone Records is unarguably THE premier label for what I consider true rock, rock that gets labeled as stoner, fuzz, psychedelic, doom, or high desert depending on various aspects of the music itself. This type of rock hearkens back to the great music of the seventies as well as incorporates qualities of the music played by Kyuss in the nineties or Dozer in the double aughts, or a dozen other great bands and sounds in and around those eras. Small Stone does a great job of signing bands and artists that have an extreme aptitude toward true rock, and they have often gone to the ends of the earth to find them. This is very similar to Heavy Planet in that regard, presenting music to the habitues of these great musical styles hailing from far and near. Today Small Stone and Heavy Planet collaborate a bit, with Small Stone having done almost all of the work, by presenting an honest to god, sublime kick ass rock and roll band, Mother of God.

Mother of God hails from Morgardshammar, Sweden with bandmembers:

Daniel Nygren - vocals, guitar
Johan Kvastegard - guitar
Carl Lindblad - bass
Jimmy Hurtig - drums

Their music is at the same time as familiar as flannel and as fresh and new as Swedish mountain snow. They incorporate all the great elements of true rock, with gargantuan instrumentation from all members, while crafting songs that immediately and clearly make their mark upon an exceptional and enjoyable style. Two qualities among many exceptional traits they possess that places them immediately upon the shelf for album of the year consideration is, 1) the singularity of the songs and, 2) Nygren's vocals. I've said it before and I'll probably say it ad nauseum in perpetuity, gifted vocals are a true rarity not just in the underground rock world in which we frequent worldwide, but in all of rock and roll in general. There are a lot of really good singers, there are plenty of really bad ones, and there are a whole bushel basket full of singers we love who are simply part of the experience of a particular group, but perhaps aren't quite gifted in the vocal department. And yes, it's often a matter of taste or preference, but when you are enjoying the music of this album, "Anthropopos", over and over again take time to reflect  on the vocals and tell me what you think of the role his gifted, sonorous instrument had to play in this unimaginably fantastic album of instant true rock classics. Another rarity in music, rock and otherwise, is the ability to craft a song this is more than just above average, songs that have melody and fun and singability and soul searing heat. Mother of God's music, on each song, is superbly crafted by masters of their art, without a doubt. What's even better is that no two songs sound similar in structure, only similar in delivery, with the same athletically gifted vocals carried along on a magic carpet of huge, low tuned, and loudly boomed guitars that quickly convert into keenly cutting laser beams that sear through their solos with surgical precision and power. The bass is equally powerful and agile, distributing two ton kegs of dynamite delivery while the drums make their presence felt in all planes through which the music must flow, simultaneously punching quick and true while landing haymakers on top of uppercuts on top of one two hook deliveries.

The opening track, "230", easily fits into the stoner rock classification with a huge, powerfully down tuned guitar that delivers a constant and beautiful hook reminiscent of Dozer, while creating an instant rock classic with their fresh approach. Track two, "Graenslandet", executes a tight tempo and huge guitars, while accentuating the vocals as a major instrument of delivery. Track four, "Aim For the Sun" is a psychedelic odyssey where Kvastergard and Nygren get to stretch and bend their guitars around a bit while Lindblad and Hurtig get to showcase their power and skill at the forefront of this song's haunting, mind bending journey. Track 9 is a clear demonstration of their strong song writing skills. Titled "Something From Below", it too is haunting and psychedelic in nature, but takes a different trip on a different boat down a darker river than did "Aim For the Sun". This songs exudes thinly restrained power from inception to final delivery, eschewing tempo for atmosphere, and demonstrating an almost seething ability in its conveyance of  dynamic, true to roots rock.

"Anthropos" should immediately be placed into the Heavy Planet lotto barrel for possible selection as album of the year due to its high quality collection of superb music. Mother of God delivers a highly refreshing, energy packed set of power ballads, psychedelic odysseys, and instant stoner classics punctuated by some of the best vocals I've heard in a long while and backed with outstanding, quality, true rock instrumentation.

- Nuclear_Dog


October 20th, 2012
www.heavyplanet.net/2012/10/nuclear-dogs-atomic-split-mother-of-god.html

The Soda Shop

When we last heard from Mother of God, it was about 2 years ago after releasing their very good EP, Forging A New Path. A song was even on The Soda Shop’s very first comp album. The band has come a long way since. First off they signed with Small Stone Records to release their first full length but it seems they’ve also refined their sound a little bit.

Forging a New Path was very grunge sounding. the band drew comparisons to Soundgarden. In that respect, Anthropos doesn’t sound like that at all. It does retain the grunge influence. Hell, “Aim For The Sun” (which is probably the best song on the album IMO) sounds a bit like “Louder Than Love” by Soundgarden. The band has added a bit more fuzz and sounds a little more retro than before. At times they do sound a little bit like Alice in Chains, most notably on “Hoenan,” “Windows” and “Something From Below” with the later adding some heavy psych, something AIC never really touched.

The album isn’t officially due out until 2013, you can get the digital download now. CDs and most likely vinyl will be along before long. If you like the old grunge movement from the 90′s with a bunch of retro rock, Mother of God is your band. I’m putting this one right on top of my best of list for 2013 already!

- Bill Goodman


October 18th, 2012
www.thesodashop.us/2012/10/18/current-rotation-small-stone-edition-101812/

Temple Of Perdition (France)

After two promising EPs, including last year's pretty successful "Forging a New Path", MOTHER OF GOD recently unleashed "Anthropos", their 1st full length, on Small Stone rds (actually digitally available, while the physical release is scheduled for February).

Those guys come from Sweden and are signed on one of the most famous Heavy Rock/Stoner label of this planet, but you'd be wrong to think immediately about another new Graveyard, Witchcraft or Dozer...

No, MOTHER OF GOD has been wisely fed with Seattle's haunting and melancholic milk of the early 90's and UK's acidified  milk of the 70's, a blend that is not so often used and even more rarely so marked but absolutely not incongruous at all if you think about it a little closer  !
Weren't Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin influential bands for Soundgarden and Alice In Chains ? certainly yes and those four legends can be considered as the main references of our bearded swedish...
Along with a stunning tightness and exceptionnal vocals, a  thing that is very distinctive with this band is the short length of the songs (at least those wholly in the evoked styles), there's no place for long intros, excessive jams or worthless accoustic parts.
This is always sharp and often straight with a real feeling of harmony which is enhanced by a solid production and a more cohesive choice in the tracks order and balance between the songs different moods; thus the grunge highlights "230", "To Live" or "Windows" alternate agreaably with groovy jams like "Graenslandet" and "The Forest".

There's also some nice pieces with a very special obscure touch, I don't think it's a coincidence if they are the longest and certainly the most personnal compositions of MOTHER OF GOD. More atmospheric and haunting, "Aim for the Sun", "Something from..." and the closer "Lucy" could be ranged in this tasteful and reflective box, the latter being particularly deep and soulful, sluggish with a strange nautical dimension to my ears, this one is deligthful really. Here, we don't think a single second about influences and old times but about a true rising identity and that's very interesting.

It's week-end, no ? So, now take a sit, relax with a cool drink and let the cactchy sounds of "Anthropos" pervade infectiously your soul !!!

Don't miss MOTHER OF GOD soon embarked on a European tour with french stonerheads ABRAHMA, an amazing line-up promoting two excellent albums of 2012...

- Steph LS


October 5th, 2012
templeofperdition.blogspot.fr/2012/10/mother-of-god-anthropos-album-review.html

Album Tracks

  1. 230
  2. Graenslandet
  3. The Forest
  4. Aim for the Sun
  5. Adrift
  6. To Live
  7. Hoenan
  8. Windows
  9. Something from Below
  10. R. McCord
  11. Lucy

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