Jealous Haters Since 1998!
Home | News | Reviews | Day In Rock | Photos | RockNewsWire | Singled Out | Tour Dates/Tix | Feeds
Moros Eros I Saw the Devil Last Night and Now The Sun Shines Bright Review

by Jason Marder

.
At the very mention of something like a "concept album", many people are inclined to simply avert their ears, especially given 2006's knack for churning out an especially sub-par batch. We saw the overindulgence of My Chemical Romance's The Black Parade and were witness to the vain hometown pretentiousness that engulfed The Killers' Sam's Town. The true "runt" of the litter though, and that is said with the utmost affection, comes from one of the most unrecognized new acts to burst onto the music scene in 2006: Moros Eros. The band, a quintet fresh out of Georgia, had and still has their work cut out for them, so to speak. In the ever-burgeoning indie/alternative genre, a newcomer truly needs a defining factor to ever dream of succeeding. Moros Eros, however, certainly has it, seamlessly weaving elements of spacey experimental, balls-out punk rock, and pop hooks with an addiction potential that rivals nicotine.

The band is an anomaly on Victory Records, a label much more in the vein of emo/screamo/post-hardcore acts such as scene heroes Hawthorne Heights and Bayside, and the brutal Atreyu. Moros Eros definitely brings a distinctness and vitality to the label with their debut I Saw the Devil Last Night and Now The Sun Shines Bright, an innovative record to say the least. After being labeled by countless publications, including Alternative Press, as something of an illegitimate child of bands like At the Drive-In and Fugazi, Moros Eros have blow-up potential. And while the band does exhibit elements of the psych-punk that both of the aforementioned members of the rock aristocracy are best known for, they have a sound that is very much their own. Front man singer/guitarist Zach Tipton's derelict yet primal roars hearken to mewithoutYou's Anthony Weiss while drummer Bobby Theberge makes even Dave Grohl look limp-wristed with a pounding quality similar to Say Anything's Coby Linder. The other two members (Chris Firebaugh on keys and DJ Schulz on bass) add textural elements that sometimes run perpendicular to the music, though that is not at all a bad thing.

The album's opener and also the single, "Today is the Day", sets the tone for the concept aspect of the equation with references to god and Satan and their respective homes. With a jaunty guitar riff that melds effortlessly with the meandering bass line, haunting keys, and monster beat; the track is a leadoff highlight. But don't fear my potential listeners, many more are on the way, though not immediately. The second track, "When I Wake" is skippable; a faux-ballad that diminishes the band's finer aspects. "Short of the Shore", a noticeably more upbeat and energetic tune with one of the finest climaxes, kicks the album back into gear at track three. The dual title tracks that come next, "I Saw the Devil Last Night" and "Now the Sun Shines Bright", drag like "When I Wake". Fortunately, though, they mark the turning point, as they sever the true excitement of the second half of the ten-track album from the first half. "Insane and Speechless" is one of the catchier tunes, with a driving chorus and atmospheric keys in the verse. Along those lines, "Make Me An Angel" has a similar ambiance, an infectious beat and vocals sopped in angst and creativity. Finally, the closer "Satan Has a Heart of Gold", is subtly anthemic, though the vocals themselves are generally uncreative ("Momma says Satan's got a heart of gold, Papa says Jesus got a heart of stone, Everyone says I got a heart of stone, But Satan says I've got a heart of gold").

When it's all said and done, I Saw the Devil Last Night and Now The Sun Shines Bright marks a truly memorable debut for Moros Eros, a truly memorable band. With contagious rhythms and noteworthy musicianship, Tipton and Co. show a certain promise that is uncharacteristic of many of the scene's baby boomers. Though some of the kinks still need to be worked out, the follow-up should certainly be interesting, if this first album is any indication.


CD Info and Links

Moros Eros I Saw the Devil Last Night and Now The Sun Shines Bright

Label:Victory
Rating:

Preview and Purchase This CD Online

Visit the official homepage

More articles for this artist

tell a friend about this review

.


...end


.
News Reports
.
Day in Rock:
Josh Homme Apologizes For Kicking Photographer- Tool Album Will Be Out In 2018 Says Band Member- Alice Cooper To Star In Live 'Jesus Christ Superstar' On NBC- more

Day in Pop Nicki Minaj And Quavo Release 'She For Keeps'- Diddy And Beyonce Top Forbes' Annual Highest Paid 'Musicians' List- Ed Sheeran Tonight Show Performance Goes Online- more

Yesterday's Day in Rock: Taylor Swift Reveals Her Mother Has Cancer- Rich Homie Quan Surrenders To Police Over Alleged Nightclub Assault- Justin Bieber Duets With Ariana Grande- Mumford & Sons- more

 Subscribe To Day in Rock

.
 
Reviews
.

Ladies Only: Jennie Abrahamson- Rachel Garlin- Nneka- More

Album of the Week: Led Zeppelin's When The West Was Won

Karyn Crisis' Gospel Of The Witches - Salem's Wounds

The Blues: John Mayall's Bluesbreakers- Arlen Roth, Mike Henderson Band- Slam Allen

Trauma Interview

December in Red - The Way Out

Battleaxe - Power From the Universe Reissue

SOKO Interview

The Compulsions - Dirty Fun

Rock Reads: Morbid Tales! A Tribute to Celtic Frost

Death Penalty - Death Penalty

On The Record: The Wild Beyond

RockPile: Minutian- Odin's Court- THEO

Michael Ubaldini Interview

Root 66: Cameron Mitchell- Stacy Jones- Greg Shirley


.
.
.

Search for Tickets

Or Browse For Tickets

.
.
Today's Rock News
.

Ozzy Sets Home On Fire

Santana, Neal Schon and Gregg Rolie Reunite at Journey Show

Ted Nugent's Wife Arrested

Iron Maiden Tops Billboard's Hot Tours Chart

Pop Star Fergie Names Son After Guns N' Roses Frontman Axl Rose

Jack White Recording New Songs With The Dead Weather

Stone Temple Pilots with Chester Bennington Reveal EP Details

The Who Releasing Massive Super Deluxe Edition of Tommy

Paul McCartney Talks New Song and His Plans Never To Retire

August Burns Red Announce Special Screening of Documentary

The National Curating Grateful Dead Tribute Album

KISS' Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons Announce Book Signings

Mike Portnoy Reveals Full Progressive Nation At Sea Lineup

Saxon's Biff Byford Explains Evil Look Was Down To Illness

Astrid Kirchherr's Early Beatles Photos To Be Exhibited Next Month

Gene Simmons and Engelbert Humperdinck Footage Goes Online

Red Fang Streaming New Song ' Blood Like Cream' Online

Sammy Hagar Compares Les Paul Guitars To Muscle Cars

What Do Crocheting And Rock 'N' Roll Have In Common? Deap Vally

Classic Rock Going Country

Subscribe to Day in Rock Report by Email

.
.
Today's Pop News
.

North Korea Reportedly Execute 12 Musicians

Jay-Z Releases Holy Grail Video Featuring Justin Timberlake

Big Sean in Fall Out Boy's New Video

Thousands of Justin Timberlake Fans Flood 'Take Back The Night' Filming

Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Karen O Unplugs

Miguel Covers Pink's Just Like A Pill

Eric Church Going In A Different Direction With 'Chief' Follow Up

Kip Moore Has Almost Finished New Album

Juicy J Twerk Tweet Ends Up As Scholarship Competition

Danny Brown's On Stage Sex Act Was Not Planned

Bastille Trace The Best Of British Rock, Including Morrissey's Pompadour

Singled Out: Dulcinea Renee's Pictures Of You

More News

.
 
anti Worthy Links
.
The Screen Door superLOUD A Journal of Musical Things Lloyd Zeffler blog Demolish Mag Nightwatcher's House of Rock CJ Chilvers Deja Voodoo The 1st Five thecopycat.biz Hard Rock Memorabilia Day in Rock @twitter


New Mystery Book from
antiMusic's Dawn Marie Fichera!
.
  .
.

Click Here to Buy T-Shirts!
Click Here to Buy T-Shirts!

 

Tell a Friend about this page - Contact Us - Privacy - antiMusic Email - Why we are antiMusic

Copyright© 1998 - 2013 Iconoclast Entertainment Group All rights reserved. antiMusic works on a free link policy for reprinting of our original articles, click here for details. Please click here for legal restrictions and terms of use applicable to this site. Use of this site signifies your agreement to the terms of use.