Motograter: A Heroic Return, Review of “Desolation”

   A fan favorite for the last 22 years, Motograter makes a triumphant return to the world of metal with their latest release, “Desolation”. Truly a unique force of nature, with their homemade industrial instrument, and wild, tribalistic stage show, Motograter has proven that absence does indeed make the heart grow fonder. A driving, sweetly brutal release, “Desolation” marks a new future for a band that has persisted in the hearts of many metal fans.

  “Desolation” has a way of making you feel as though you’re floating on a thundercloud, only to drop you straight in into the storm without warning. Floating, melodic verses are perfectly balanced with heavy beating riffs and low growls, spiraling the listener through calamity and peace. Such a mix of varied emotions prove that even after a long hiatus, Motograter is still capable of bringing explosive quality to the world of music. This forty-minute delve into the anguish of human solitude will leave you pining for more from these massively talented beings.

    Although not the fastest album ever written, every riff has intense layering. Wrapping and carrying you across previously unexplored mindscapes. Drifting through varied states of your internal cosmos, you can’t help but be forced to consider your place in the universe. As any good piece of art should, “Desolation” takes itself above mere background music and takes the listener hostage. Showcasing, haunting balance of rhythmic grooves that build perfectly phantasmic release in each chorus. Finally laying you gently to rest, as you weakly reaching for the repeat button, hoping to be carried on the epic journey again.

  In all,  Motograter is a returning hero. Boldly planting their flag, preparing to reconquer lands that long for the return of their rule. I can’t help but be impressed by the fact that even after a long period of inactivity, they can force their way back to long-awaited redemption with such a brilliant piece of industrial gold. To cap it all off, they prove their absolute determination with an ambitious national tour across the U.S. If you’re one of many fans hoping to catch this incredible act in the flesh, you still have time to snag a ticket and be carried away in person. Do yourself a personal favor; get this album, and see this band in all their live glory.

The Butcher \m/


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