Named due to the constant changing state of their sound, Moodring,the up and coming Florida based Alt-Metallers, are finally here with their debut album, Stargazer. After an EP released back in 2021, the band were quickly signed to UNFD where they re-released the EP, and after a string of singles, the band’s debut album is now ready for listeners to absorb.
After the intro track How To Leave Painlessly, the first full track Disintegrate quickly shows the bands influence lays heavily within both modern metalcore thanks to the incredibly cinematic instrumentals that make up the sound, but also within the mid to late 90’s Alt-Rock scene that bleeds through heavily in the vocals and lyrics but can be noticed across the instrumentals of every track. By track 3 Constrict, listeners are treated to a classic Nu-metal groove-fest with filthy riffs and a neck snapping groove. It was at this moment the fittingness of the band’s came to realisation with All three of the songs so far having completely different sounds while flowing perfectly with each other.
Moving along, Red Light Gossip has some hauntingly beautiful chord progressions and elements of Shoegaze (alongside a filthy breakdown) while Peel, the album’s title track Stargazer and SYNC lean fully into the Deftones’ inspiration that’s so common within the Metalcore scene currently. Following this though, N.I.K.E is one of the most experimental tracks on the release with the heavy use of electronica to create this almost Cyber-Metal banger.
I want to leave some surprises for people checking the album out so I won’t write about the final few songs (although Xeno (foreign love) is my personal favourite track), but I’ve got to say, I’m impressed. While I’m slowly getting burnt out from how many bands are leaning into this specific sound at the moment, Moodring have managed to creatively expand on the sound to create something that sounds fresh and can easily stand toe to toe with the genre heavyweights. A great release from start to finish.
Review: Dan Stapleton
STARGAZER TRACK LISTING:
“How to Leave Painlessly”
“Red Light Gossip”
“Head in the Clouds”
“Xeno (Foreign Love)”Moodring are currently on tour with Cane Hill, Afterlife, and VCTMS this spring. All dates are below.MOODRING ON TOUR:
WITH CANE HLL, AFTERLIFE, + VCTMS:
6/10 — Louisville, KY — Zanzabar
6/11 — Cleveland, OH — The Foundry
6/12 — Pittsburgh, PA — Preserving Underground
6/14 — Hartford, CT — Webster Theater
6/15 — Brooklyn, NY — Kingsland Bar & Grill
6/16 — Baltimore, MD — Metro Gallery
6/17 — Richmond, VA — Canal Club
6/18 — Greensboro, NC — Blind Tiger
6/19 — Atlanta, GA — The Masquerade
6/20 — Nashville, TN — The End