With my first non-cover live act of the year coming up soon I thought it might be a good idea to actually listen to the group’s album after only hearing a few tracks, what I found was pure gold.
Moorhaven is an unsigned 5-piece metal/hardcore band based in Plymouth UK introduced to me through their drummer Tom Evers-King who was the Clown from the amazing KnotSlip (Slipknot tribute act) I saw, loved and covered with a review late 2015.
When KnotSlip called hiatus back in mid-January of this year I sent the band a message to thank them for the amazing show and that I hoped to see them again in the future, also if there were any projects in the mix I’d be happy to check them if they made it as far north as London.
Well flash forward to a week or two and I’m told by Mr Evers-King through the magic of social media that his band Moorhaven was planning a show. After finding a few tracks on YouTube I was excited to say the least, these guys rocked!
Their current EP Modern Truths, released March of 2015, is a short but brilliant taste of the bands high level of skill and passion for music which shines pretty brightly. ‘Parasite’ is the opener and definitely grabs you with both hands never letting go for a second, right from the start with Tom absolutely killing his drums and the talented duo of Lewis Gerry and Gregg Andree laying down some amazing riffs and Chris Booth pounding out the bass line before Steve Barrett starts his throaty vocals, if this song doesn’t get the blood pumping, check your pulse as you may not be in the world of the living any longer.
An interesting tune is ‘In Time’, a quick little instrumental of the group showing off their skill which serves as the perfect interlude for the title track. ‘Modern Truths’ which itself is an awesome collaboration with When We Were Wolves lead singer Mitch Bock.
When I found out Moorhaven is only 3 years old, I was shocked to my core, they play like they have been doing this for ages together, they seem to synchronize perfectly and have become a tight knit unit. I’ve heard mainstream bands who’ve been working with one another at least 3 times as long as these guys and sound rough as guts.
I’m more than ready to catch Moorhaven at the Camden Black Heart on the 26th of March and to be honest I’m more than a little excited for some live metal, it’s been a while now and I need to get my blood pumping, and with Moorhaven I know I’ve chosen well.