Messa – Feast for Water (2018)


Unleashing one of the Doomiest and most intoxicating release of 2018, today we have Italy’s Messa and their sophomore full-length release “Feast for Water”. Featuring around 50 minutes of highly mysterious and intricately crafted music, the band perfectly combines Doom and Sludgy undertones with enchanting female vocals and oppressive atmospheric elements. If you are a fan of Jex Thoth, Jess and the Ancient Ones, Bohren Und Der Club Of Gore, and similar bands with very apocalyptic vibes, this is certainly an album for you.

After opening with the mood setting Ambient/Drone-ish “Naunet”, the band instantly makes a splash with “Snakeskin Drape” and its incisive riffs. Sara’s sultry voice instantly captures the listener’s attention thanks to its commanding presence and how it shines through the very moody music. Her unique vocals can be said to be a certain mixture of Jex Thoth, Jess from Jess and the Ancient Ones and Farida Lemouchi from The Devil’s Blood, creating a fierce presence that magically brings songs to life like jazzy “Leah” and the funky “The Seer”.

With high emphasis on crating very moody and well-crafted atmospheres, the band relies on string instruments and almost improvisational jazzy undertones to tie together a very diverse and encapsulating sound, perfectly represented in the track “She Knows”. Continually pushing the boundaries while crafting unique songs, “Tulsi” explores weirder territories with some Black Metal-esque vibes, similar to bands like Urfaust. This track is highly experimental and yet very well fitting in the progression of this release as it has similar pacing and killer guitar leads.

Our favorite track is the moody “White Stain” and its big fat guitar riffs that give it a very traditional Doomy vibe, this song instantly reminds us of enjoying the warm and fuzzy guitar riffs of most Roadburn performances mixed in with some Bohren Und Der Club Of Gore ambiance. After closing with the playful “Da tariki tariqat”, we are left quite impressed with the unique atmosphere and undeniable musical talent behind “Feast for Water”. The band makes a very strong impression with an outstanding release that has high replay value and creates an intense atmosphere.

Band: Messa Album: Feast for Water

Label: Aural Music

Release: April 6th, 2018

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Genre: Experimental/Ambient Doom/Sludge Metal

Country: Italy

Rating: 97/100

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