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We’re staying in Scandinavia for today’s Death Metal Monday with Norway’s underrated purveyors of chaotic and obscurantist death metal MOLESTED. It took the band four long years from their first demo offerings to finally launch today’s feature album, their sole full-length Blod-Draum, in 1995.
If you haven’t heard of them, the full-blown obsession with Norwegian black metal circa 1995 is a ready target for blame. By that late date, rather than receiving independent acclaim, MOLESTED became saddled with the stigma of being the childish death metal seed for more musically “mature” black metal when guitarist Øystein Garnes Brun’s BORKNAGAR quickly rose to prominence. This perception has not been helped at all by Brun’s direct statements to that effect. Because you’re the open-minded sort, listen below and judge for yourself whether his genre-leaping was a worthy project despite BORKNAGAR’s commercial accolades and successes.
It shouldn’t take more than a few seconds to hear how much less accessible the abandoned MOLESTED project was than BORKNAGAR, whatever their respective genres. Aesthetic trappings aside — and those present numerous hurdles to listening in themselves — Blod-Draum is a uniquely challenging, twisted and maleficent slab of death metal. Picture INCANTATION at double their average speed with twice the riffs, all played in reverse, and you’re not far off the end result. Nascent black metal can be heard among the blasting cacophony, acting as a melodic touchstone and often providing the only semblance of recognizable order.
So was MOLESTED merely a bastion of overwrought and immature ideas, or is there under-appreciated genius in these thorny structures? A bit of both, I’d say; it took an entire cycle of death metal to catch up to them, but popular acts like TEITANBLOOD, MITOCHONDRION and PORTAL have certainly given this bramble-patch style of cryptic, hellish death metal an air of legitimacy in recent times. If you’re digging the Blod-Draum stream and enjoy being pushed to your limits by the obfuscatory and non-linear, be sure to give those bands a try as well.
Vid related: the mindset required for MOLESTED enjoyment
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