The Italian doom unit, Messa, impressed a hell of a lot of people (including this crustacean) with their 2016 debut album Belfry. The tracks are overpoweringly heavy with a strong sense of finesse brought into the fold by way of grim blues riffs that recalled bands like Wretch, Windhand, and hell, why not Sabbath too? What really stood out was the band’s vocalist, Sara. Very clear, dynamic, and incredibly competent vocals rose atop the hard rock leaning doom and became the easy focal point. Recently, the band has announced their new upcoming full length Feast for Water, which they describe as “a concept album centered on the introspective, symbolic and ritual features of the liquid element.” Now, Messa has shared the album’s lead single “Leah” along with an accompanying video. The track features everything that was so great about Belfry’s best tracks while also feeling like a natural extension. Organ whirs create a moody ambience, riffs crunch, and Sara belts out ear worm hooks. “Leah” eases into it’s conclusion with the help of a loose jazz improve guitar solo that will not doubt lend itself to some heady live explorations. Check out the stark black and white video below.
Feast for Water is out 4/6 on Aural Music.