FROM LOVE TO VIOLENCE – Moth
Released: June 10th, 2019
FROM LOVE TO VIOLENCE Line up:
Devoy | vocals
Lloyd | bass
Reg | drums
Mel | guitars
From Love to Violence predominantly from Newcastle in Australia, have independently produced and released their debut album, Moth. Running for bang on 30 minutes, with just 9 tracks, some would argue it’s an EP, but I’ve done some extensive research into this, thanks to Google and in the majority of cases, an EP is usually 4-6 tracks and under 25 minutes. Thus, classifying this pearler as an album; besides, the band are calling it an album, so who are we to argue? From Love to Violence is a 5 piece ensemble that has been gigging the NSW circuit for some time now and has deservedly collected many fans along the way. Typically “heavy metal” is my go-to genre of music, but I like to keep an open mind and when I come across a band like From Love to Violence, I am reminded why it’s good to keep those channels open.
I’ve had this piece of gold in my possession for a few weeks now. It made my top 7 album releases for the year so far however, the more I hear it, the deeper my fondness grows. It pushes all the right buttons and is an absolute eargasm. It’s now sitting as my equal number one. Hearing the album and finding out it was completely self-produced by the band, absolutely blew my mind and only made my respect and admiration heighten. With the intro ‘The Beast Man’, originating from the classic sci-fi movie Planet of the Apes, you can’t help but feel this album is going to be epic. The drum roll kicks into track 2, ‘My Decision’ and I’m immediately transported back to a time and place where I could close my eyes and lose myself in the music. I haven’t felt that in such a long time, immediately a void was filled, I wasn’t even aware was missing. This, this is how I want music to make me feel. This is how music should make you feel.
Title track ‘Moth’ begins and a whole new set of emotions kick in. The haunting guitar from Mel, then Lloyd’s creeping bass grab my attention, followed by Dale’s keys and Reg on drums; finally, Devoy begins to sing and I’m completely encapsulated. Freaking hell, what is this feeling I’m experiencing now? The subtle sound effects throughout only add to the intensity of this track. I’ve not yet learnt all the words, but I have such urgency to. I want to sing along loudly and share in the monumental passion this track is vibing; it’s so poignant and panoptic, it’s perfection. Yep, I called it, absolute perfection. I’m in lust!
‘Naked’ grabbed me by the throat and threw me up against the wall. Think of the industrial sound you associate with Marilyn Manson and you’d be close to the groove and attitude this song delivers. While FLTV has its own sound, the influence is evident here. A sample from the movie Naked (the obvious inspiration for the track title) plays in the background and adds certain aggression and insanity to the song, which just works. I want to make a special mention to the bass sound from Lloyd in this track, it’s chunky as fuck. ‘Red 50 Seven’ had me perplexed for 51 seconds. I was unsure why it was on the album, finding it an unnecessary addition and considered it the “filler” of the 9 tracks. Not being content with the unknown, I harassed Devoy to find out why. It makes sense now… It’s the intro for ‘Never Broken’, which starts with a heavy-rock guitar sound, then changes direction, again and again, becoming a multi-faceted entity. Dale’s keys standout in this track and Devoy really displays his diverse vocal range and capability. I’ve asked this time and time again, is there anything that man cannot do, or any song he cannot sing? Evidently not, as I made my way through the following tracks until I reached the final track on the album – a cover and quite possibly the best version I have ever heard, of Michael Jackson’s ‘Make Me Feel’.
Although their debut album, I predict big things for this band. They individually have a great sound that gels well within the band to create the unique, broad and sensational sound of From Love to Violence. I do have one gripe and that is, I’ve been left longing for more. Nine tracks just aren’t enough guys; you can’t leave us hanging like this. I’m quite certain this is the highest I have yet ranked an album. I wanted to give it a perfect 10, musically and vocally it bloody well deserves it, I’m just being really picky and unsettled by the abrupt end ‘Red 50 Seven’ comes to, even for an intro. Otherwise, this album is perfection in my eyes, or should I say ears. It had the capacity to elicit feelings and emotions I thought were dead and buried. Being self-produced in Australia makes me that much prouder to give the score I have and hopeful that it reaches a broader audience, they certainly do deserve it.
From Love To Violence – Moth tracklisting:
1. The Beast Man
2. My Decision
5. Red 50 Seven
6. Never Broken
7. The Oldest Trick
8. At Least You’re Happy
09. Make Me Feel (MJ Cover)
From Love to Violence album launch party is at the Hamilton Station Hotel on July 20th. All details can be found here