North Carolina’s Mo’ynoq unleash unflinching, blackened mayhem on their full-length debut, Dreaming in a Dead Language.
The record immediately drags listeners kicking and screaming into the hellacious abyss with its opening track, “Empyreal Decay”. Propelled by hectic drumming and an array of feral vocal stylings, the track is a rush of malevolence straight to the face. The guitars churn out tremolo-picked fury and a myriad of atonal, squirming riffs that coil around the song’s more straightforward assaults to create a feeling of chaos. Said chaos continues to ensue in the following track, “The Collector”. The track begins with lurching, sludgy dissonance that gradually unfurls into a swirling cacophony of serpentine black metal. In between the blistering melodies, bestial aggression, and rampages of gnarled riffs, “The Collector” will undoubtedly rip listeners apart.
The band hark back to the Scandinavian progenitors of the genre in the song “These Once Tranquil Grounds”, which is a bit more straightforward than other tracks on the record with its stampedes of frostbitten, avalanche-inducing instrumentation. The band pull out all the stops on the fifth track “Carve My Name”. Icy post-rock soundscapes crescendo into powerful melodic riffs that soar and march with triumphant force. The song gradually morphs into more traditional, atmospheric black metal stylings as it progresses, but eventually becomes a twitching mass of disfigured riffs. Much like the songs that opened the record, “Carve My Name” plunges deep into the darkest recesses of the genre and brings back a slew of mangled, frantic guitar sounds that will appease fans of Deathspell Omega.
Mo’ynoq‘s brand of black metal takes on many forms throughout Dreaming in a Dead Language, but always proves to be consistently engaging and properly throttling. Listeners will get lost in all of its twists and turns, but won’t have any desire to find a way out.
Release Date: January 11, 2019
Favorite Tracks: “The Collector” and “Carve My Name”
For Fans of: Krallice, Panopticon, Deathspell Omega and Uada