13 Blues for Thir­teen Moons Con­stel­la­tion

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Music Reviews - BRIAN KEANE

Don’t let the ver­bose moniker put you off: TSMZMO&TLLB is the latest in­car­na­tion of the Mon­treal seven-piece more humbly known as A Sil­ver Mt Zion. The ma­te­rial on this fifth album for the won­der­ful Con­stel­la­tion la­bel ben­e­fits con­sid­er­ably from the band’s fine-tun­ing through live shows over the past two years. A pal­pa­ble in­ten­sity acts as the glue to bind songs that peak amid crash­ing drums, scrap­ing vi­o­lins and walls of gui­tar noise. 1,000,000 Died to Make This Sound, the epic opener, pul­sates on a riff Jimmy Page would give his eye teeth for. Efrim Menuck’s manic vo­cal de­liv­ery oc­ca­sion­ally comes across as a tad di­dac­tic, but mu­si­cally each track has more ideas than the en­tire Oa­sis back cat­a­logue com­bined. The band con­tinue to make qual­ity rock mu­sic for those who don’t suf­fer from short at­ten­tion spans.

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