Echoes Of The Moon is the moniker chosen by the young Brock Tatich, musician from Indiana, to propose his personal musical vision, that prefigures a form of post-black very atmospheric and based mostly on a valuable guitar work, ranging from liquid solo parts to acoustic arpeggios up to the most usual, for the genre, tremolo picking passages. The album is quite long but does not know moments of stasis, in light of the good compositional skills exhibited by Brock, who infuses his music with an autumnal mood, making it attractive to those who feed on dark sounds without necessarily being a fan of black metal. In fact, the stylistic features of the genre are represented mainly in the scream and in some accelerations, but overall Entropy is a work that, for moods, ranging from depressive to post metal with good fluidity. Compared to what is exhibited by a similar solo project from the States, reviewed a few days ago, here we are really on another planet: Brock also shines for the attention to detail, and the frequent incursions of lead guitar are enhanced by a very good sound that does not frustrate in any way the excellent execution. As said, the album is quite long, exceeding abundantly the hour of duration and the same songs sometimes go beyond ten minutes, but Entropy flows well, thanks to a sufficient variety and a writing mostly aimed at exalting the more melodic compositional aspects; moreover, even in the most drawn-out parts, it never lacks that substrate of tension that is the discriminating factor between those who make a lot of noise and those who have, instead, something really interesting to say. Echoes of The Moon is a creature that draws sap, at a basic level, from the black metal atmospheric matrix, and inevitably, given the geographical origin, from its derivations cascadiane, but the boy from Indiana reworks everything by introducing a musical sensitivity resulting from a spectrum of listening and preferences ranging from doom to progressive seventies. If I have to mention some songs in particular, I opt for the long The Tower Of Babel, which represents the summa of the music contained in the work, and for the soft and insidious Acceptance, with its slow crescendo disturbed by electronic effects that ends up flowing into the magnificent All Is Good. Entropy is a pleasant surprise and Avantgarde Music has done well to put it on the market today under its aegis (the album was originally released as a free download last summer) and, besides, the musical sagacity (and not only) of Brock Tatich makes us think that these are just the prodromes of an even more brilliant career.
2015 – Independent 2016 – Avantgarde Music
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