Kemado Records, home of The Sword, Saviours, Danava, and True Widow, presents the vinyl reissue of Ab Ovo, the jaw-dropping 2011 debut album by LA trio Moab. Ab Ovo is a dense, towering slab of majestic rock, compelling from the first strum to the final gong hit.
Inspired by "old power amps, planets, and painkillers," Moab honors the bombastic vibes of 70's rock - the era where bands could cloak themselves in mystery and mysticism, even whilst rocking the faces off stadiums full of fans. Yet theirs is not just a retro trip. Moab is its own beast whose rock transcends time and trends. The melodies on songs like "So On," "Sated," and "Unbeknownst" - led by Andrew Giacumakis' astonishing vocals - haunt the mind for days and put Moab in league with modern-day titans like Queens of the Stone Age.
Though allied with Southern California peers like Ancestors, Earthless, and Black Cobra, Moab is its own unusual entity, doing things its own way. Amazingly, Ab Ovo was recorded almost entirely by the band members themselves at their own LA practice space (with the exception of "Dimensioner," recorded by Mathias Schneeberger, known for his work with Saint Vitus, The Obsessed, and Electric Wizard). Warm and rich, heavy and crystalline, the album is a treat for the ears and a startling debut.