Doom metal is a genre that can divide metal fans, but when it’s good, it’s just good. And German doom outfit Moor’s debut full-length album, “Heavy Heart,” is a damn good example of modern doom metal.
Moor’s Heavy Heart is aptly named, as it embraces the doom ethos of accentuating the pain and despair found in life, and the album was written and recorded right after members Ben Laging and Christian Smukal were diagnosed with cancer. Knowing this detail makes the album feel cathartic in a way, and the band has said as much.
Moor captures the spirit of slow heavy music without excessive droning. Heavy Heart carries on the spirit of bands like Isis and Neurosis with atmospheric, almost ambient moments throughout the album, before crushing the listener to death again. Moor sounds like a band that knows exactly who they are and what they are doing. Every track feels extremely intentional.
In a genre where many bands try to fit into perceived definitions of doom and heavy music, Moor set out to do it their way and succeeded in writing an album that is one of the most engaging and genuine examples of modern doom metal. Heavy Heart feels and sounds huge and heavy, but more importantly, it sounds genuine.
Don’t miss the release of Moor’s Heavy Heart on May 17th, 2023. Experience an album that does not care about your perceived definitions of doom and heavy music, and listen to a band that has succeeded in creating their own unique sound within the genre.
Overal Score: 10/10
Review by: Dan Perretta