MOLLO RILLA effortlessly combine a multitude of styles in the Rock n' Roll category resulting in what sounds most comparible to Queens of the Stone Age, Muse, or one of Jack White's many projects. While that is a general statement attempting to give you minor insight into what lies within, the album is much more complex than that.
The QOTSA influence is easy to identify, but there are others hidden within that are more subtle or rather utilized more sparsely. At times, Marco's haunting vocal delivery brings to mind enigmatic vocalist, Dax Riggs (Acid Bath, Agents of Oblivion, Deadboy and the Elephantman), although the music never sounds quite like anything Dax has ever really explored. And while the album is more firmly set in the "Rock" category than anything "Metal", all of MOLLO RILLA's tunes harbor a dark vibe in some fashion. There are also glimpses into a more "Garage rock" vibe reminiscent of racous Detroit City Rock legends, the MC5. And maybe it's their use of keys, but there are also flashes in time that are heavily Deep Purple influenced.
The album is truly a journey, the band have created an album, a true album that weaves wonderfully together like legendary albums of the 70's achieved. Whether you are a fan of Stoner Doom / Garage Rock / or any form of Hard Rock/ Rock n Roll, there is something in this album for you. Fans of everything from Uriah Heep to the more modern Imperial State Electric (or any of Nicke's bands for that matter) will find enjoyment in this record. The band are going to turn a lot of heads, and due to their excellent balance of styles, I see them appealing to a multiple of fans, Metal and Rock alike!
released May 3, 2019
Marco Ciofani: Lead Vocals, Guitar
Simeon Ruple: Keyboards, Vocals
Austin Adams: Bass Guitar, Vocals
Ben Cunningham: Drums, Vocals
Music by Mollo Rilla | Lyrics by Marco Ciofani | Produced by Marco Ciofani
Mixed by Mollo Rilla and Chelsea Boots
Recorded by Nathaniel Bucher and Ben Patrick of Akron Recording Company
Mastered by Adam Boose at Cauliflower Audio
Art work by Garth Phillips
This is gorgeous death/doom which fits the World War I theme perfectly!
The aggressive death metal parts symbolize the crushing brutality of the Great War, while the doom metal passages stand for the quiet desperation of the trenches, there are also some movies sample sprinkled in which makes the album a real experience. Markus Schmidt
unfortunately, 'Another Metal Podcast' has ceased blessing us with underground metal music from all over the world (previous episodes still available; Brett, sorely missed). There are many labels worldwide that showcase & promote quality metal of all genres; Seeing Red Records heartily picks up some of that slack by finding hidden gems like this that come out of nowhere. Elements of death & thrash sewn together with excellent production. Cheers! Dumb mmmn