Mose Giganticus is a solo project by multi-instrumentalist and singer Mat Garfield. Gift Horse is the name of his latest release and it’s somewhat of an concept album. It’s all about God and Satan facing each other during the end of days addressed from a philosophical point of view. Let’s see whether the music on Gift Horse matches its pretentious concept.
The music on Gift Horse reminds me a lot of Mastodon in their Leviathan and Blood Mountain days and there are a few hints of Baroness there as well. It shares the drive and energy of the aforementioned bands, however Mose Giganticus are less sludgy and more inspired by progressive rock and metal. Another key difference is the abundant use of keyboards on Gift Horse. Baroness and Mastodon are way more guitar driven bands.
Mat Garfield certainly has a gift for writing memorable songs, which is convincingly demonstrated with tracks like Last Resort, Left Hand Path, Demon Tusk and The Great Deceiver. Most of the songs are rather straightforward in nature and have this raw hardcorish vibe to them as well. This isn’t really a surprise, since Garfield has seen a lot of past action in a variety of hardcore and punk bands. Days Of Yore and The Seventh Seal are two other compelling tracks.
The only thing that bothers me is the album’s relative short length of only 37 minutes. It gives me the same feeling as when you’re watching a very entertaining movie and just before the great climax it suddenly stops. It leaves me kind of unsatisfied.
Gift Horse is a solid and convincing body of work. It’s just a bit a too short for my liking and therefore it doesn’t reach it’s full potential. I hope that Mat Garfield will address this issue on the next Mose Giganticus album.
Written by Raymond Westland