In the dimly lit caverns of the global underground music scene, where genres collide and creativity knows no bounds, emerges Moundrag’s magnum opus – “Hic Sunt Moundrages.” This enigmatic French band has carved a niche of their own with their mind-bending concoction of prog heavy psych, and their latest release is nothing short of an exhilarating auditory expedition into uncharted territory.
Moundrag’s approach to music can be likened to a daring exploration, as if they’ve ventured deep into the uncharted territories of their own musical minds, mapping the intricacies of soundscapes that lie beneath the surface. “Hic Sunt Moundrages” feels like a mystical journey through unexplored dimensions of the mind, a psychedelic pilgrimage that challenges conventional perceptions of heavy music.
The album opens with “The Hangman,” a track that serves as an ominous gateway into the enigma of Moundrag. As haunting echoes and ethereal melodies collide with thunderous riffs, you can’t help but feel the weight of their musical prowess. The rhythm section of the band, anchored by the relentless drums and hypnotic basslines, keeps the listener grounded even as they traverse through the sonic abyss.
20-minute-long “La Poule” showcases Moundrag’s impressive storytelling abilities. The track evolves like a waking dream, weaving intricate patterns of guitar work and keyboards that seem to speak to the listener on a profound level.
Thundering riffs intertwine with intricate time signatures, creating a chaotic yet controlled symphony of sound. It’s as if they’ve harnessed the raw energy of a storm and channeled it into their music.
The album takes us on a cosmic detour, a voyage through a psychedelic nebula where the boundaries between reality and imagination blur. Here, the band showcases their ability to fuse elements of progressive rock with the hallucinatory qualities of psychedelia, creating an otherworldly sonic landscape that feels both disorienting and inviting. It’s a musical odyssey in itself, oscillating between moments of serenity and chaos, melody and dissonance. It’s a testament to the band’s fearlessness in pushing the boundaries of what prog heavy psych can achieve. It’s a gentle reminder that, no matter how far you’ve ventured into the abyss, there’s always a way back to reality.
“Hic Sunt Moundrages” is a triumph of artistic ambition and a testament to the boundless possibilities of music. Moundrag has defied genre constraints and created an album that transcends categorization. It’s a mesmerizing expedition into the depths of human creativity, where listeners are invited to explore the uncharted territories of their own imaginations. In a world of musical conformity, Moundrag’s “Hic Sunt Moundrages” stands as a bold declaration that there are still uncharted realms waiting to be discovered in the realm of prog psychedelia.
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Released by Spinda Records on September 27, 2023