Lost Tribes Of The Moon
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Lost Tribes Of The Moon

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2015

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
Established on Jan, 2015
Band Metal Doom Metal




"Hey! Listen to Lost Tribes Of The Moon"

We’ll probably never stop apologizing for missing music from 2018; this is just a reality of a year in which not only so many bands released great albums but so many genres. Even with nets cast as wide as ours, and believe you me, they are cast wide, some things will slip through. For example, no matter how many lists, sub-Reddits, and mailing lists for traditional heavy metal I’ll scour, there were probably many albums in the genre that I missed in 2018. Case in point, Lost Tribes of the Moon, who released a fantastic debut in the form of their self-titled release from this year. This Milwaukee based band deal in a kind of porto-doom heavy metal, backed by seriously long tracks, excellent tone, and a muddy production style which works incredibly well with their sound. Let’s dig in!


Hey! Listen to Lost Tribes of the Moon!

We’ll probably never stop apologizing for missing music from 2018; this is just a reality of a year in which not only so many bands released great albums but so many genres. Even with nets cast as wide as ours, and believe you me, they are cast wide, some things will slip through. For example, no matter how many lists, sub-Reddits, and mailing lists for traditional heavy metal I’ll scour, there were probably many albums in the genre that I missed in 2018. Case in point, Lost Tribes of the Moon, who released a fantastic debut in the form of their self-titled release from this year. This Milwaukee based band deal in a kind of porto-doom heavy metal, backed by seriously long tracks, excellent tone, and a muddy production style which works incredibly well with their sound. Let’s dig in!

“Wych Elm” is probably the only place to get started; the slightly-above ten minute track dominates the early passages of the album, showcasing much of what’s great about this release. First of all, that guitar tone; all the riffs on this release enjoy this kind of redolent, old school approach to guitars. The feedback is present but not as shrill as “pure” heavy metal, muddied by plenty of overtones and corrosion. The bass responds in kind, thick sounds providing the foundation on which the guitar chords rest. The last part of the equation are the amazing vocals, channeling those early days when the boundaries between stoner, doom, and heavy metal were still being explored. They vocals are flashy without being vain, flamboyant but possessing of plenty of restraint when needed so as not to fall into pointless showmanship.

The production wraps up all of these elements into an overbearing and scintillating whole, adding just the write levels of volume and girth to make the whole dynamic really pop. Add to that some truly excellent guitar solos (check out the one around the 7:50 mark, it’s brilliant) and you have yourself everything you need from a traditional heavy metal release. Somehow, all of these elements conspire to make the album breeze by despite of the long track lengths, allowing the band to really explore their intent and ideas without overstaying welcome. In short, it fucking rips; play it loud! - Eden Kupermintz

"The 25 best Milwauke albums of 2018"

21. Lost Tribes Of The Moon – s/t
As the dinosaurs of thrash soldier on into oblivion and countless underground revivalists recycle the retro sounds, it’s hard to believe anything new could come out of the genre. Enter Lost Tribes Of The Moon, who draw from doom and stoner traditions as well, but their self-titled debut frequently brings to mind the heyday of Sepultura and even Metallica, both with its icy acoustic interludes and the crush of its most brutal riffage. Vocalist Janine Rohde is a key component to the group’s individuality; her ghostly, almost operatic side casts a gothic shadow at times, but she’s got a more straightforward rocking side as well, perfectly augmenting the band’s throwback ’70s and prog elements. This is one of the freshest local metal releases of the past several years. - MILWAUKEERECORD.COM

"Lost Tribes Of The Moon-Self-Titled (2018)"

Lost Tribes Of The Moon – Self-Titled (2018)
By The Grim Lord on October 19, 2018 in Music Reviews 1

Lost Tribes Of The Moon


Self Released/Independent

This self-titled dose of psychedelic female fronted doom is actually quite grand. After a trippy little intro called “The Rise and Fall Of Midian” that intertwines with acoustics and light drumming, we have “Wych Elm” which begins the record on an incredibly meaty note, although prog touches can almost certainly be found. After that, the frontwoman’s vocal harmonies seem to ebb and flow in a way that I’d consider very close to that of SubRosa. Instead of this being a female fronted Sabbath or Candlemass, Lost Tribes Of The Moon are going in a slightly different direction. I mean, there’s the obvious influence to be had, for sure – but this isn’t merely another Sabbath knockoff. The calculated progressive sections seem to appear just at the right moments too, not disrupting the flow of the vocal harmonies, and at the same time keeping me entertained and not bored. The song kicks up heaviness towards the latter half, rolling into a tremendous solo moment. The piece becomes truly beefy at this point, which we never saw coming from the beginning. If you were looking to bang your head, you’ll be pleased with this one. “Revenant” switches gear entirely, throwing all caution to the wind as it considers a thunderous rapport, yet also carries a tad bit of progressive rock in its sachel. There might be a bit of a fight going on between the frontwoman and the rest of the band however, and it seems like she has to really belt it out on the microphone to be heard over the chunkiness of these guys. They could have raised the vocals just a little bit more, but it seems like they wanted to capture as organic a performance as possible and I won’t fault that with all of my technical mutterings. A brilliant solo follows shortly after, leading us into the “blink and you’ll miss it” nature of “Ka-Tet” wherein flashes of Roland, his dog Oy, Detta/Susannah, Jake and the others all sit around a camp fire with the tower clearly in view. Though isn’t it always clearly in view when you’re in Mid-World? Some people actually believe that there’s a world where all of this exists, as well as the fact that Stephen King himself was a part of the Loser’s Club and battled Pennywise in real life. They purport that the creature will return in 2038 to devour the world. If you’re interested in this bizarre, but intriguing conspiracy; you can research it for yourself. As for me personally, I do feel that it is a neat thought. Though there is certainly a time where you can get so out of touch with reality that Grant Morrison needs to bop you on the head and bring you back to the world of the living. Don’t magick too hard, bros and bro-ettes. Did I just make up that word? Anyway, back to the album.

The next cut here is actually the last full-length piece offered before the outro and it is the band’s namesake song. Following much the same formula, it features a swirl of meditative musical waves that eventually erupt into a fiery volcano of doom. That doesn’t even explain the massive amount of tempo changes used throughout, as well as the breath-taking solo moment that simply cannot be denied and fully cements the band’s namesake. I think after this one, we’re definitely going to know who Lost Tribes Of The Moon are. The final cut is called “In Search Of New Midian” and those theremins definitely seem to add an eerie vibe to the desert acoustics featured in the beginning of the piece. A decidedly middle-eastern feel definitely lends weight to this soundscape. Though I find myself a bit puzzled after the listen and wonder why the band isn’t able to mix these soundscapes in with their doom. The record contains two fantastic introduction pieces that are far removed from doom metal, but as the doom metal comes into play, the folk-inspired and almost soundtrack-esque acoustic soundscapes are then removed as if they never existed and I’m hearing the sound of two different bands. I definitely feel that these sections should be more cohesive and perhaps they will be in the band’s next outing. Because if you’re so good at these soundscapes, why throw them into the background? In any case, Lost Tribes Of The Moon are definitely worth keeping an eye on and have a firm handle on not only doom metal, but the artistic tapestries required in creating a great soundscape. Check it out at the link below.

(6 Tracks, 38:00)

8/10 - The Grim Lord

"Lost Tribes Of The Moon"

LOST TRIBES OF THE MOON is a band established in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. This is their debut album, containing three expanded tracks, and three supplemental tracks that help establish the main sound. From the “about” section of their Facebook page, “We, the tribes serve Baphomet and deliver music to help us in our search of a new Middian.” Baphomet, a Sabbatic Goat in Medieval Latin, was a deity that Knights Templar were falsely accused of worshipping, and was subsequently used in various occult and mystical traditions. The album contains six tracks.

“Intro/The Rise and Fall of Midian” opens with soft acoustical guitar; a simple melody that expands from there to a secret place in a hidden door under the mountain, filled with beauty and things to eat that will bolster your consciousness. It crescendos until the end, abruptly ended by the dominating opening notes of “Wych Elm.” Janine’s vocals are a trippy combination of Old School and contemporary sounds, amidst a changing landscape of music that sees the colors of the world begin to meld together in a way that twists your mind towards it. As it carries forward, the riffs turn darker and more crushing, and ends in vocal wails and a flurry of lead guitar breaks.

“Revenant” has a more cautious opening, leading to a more traditional sounding riff, like something early JUDAS PRIEST. The vocals are all over the place, controlled singing at times and depraved wails at other times, suggesting a changing emotional stance throughout the song. It carries forward until a bridge section that culminates the song with some lead guitar work and a weighted and heavy riff that follows. The song almost stops and starts during the final minute, hanging on until the finish. “Ka-tet” is a short instrumental with unconventional and surprising guitar notes that make you feel refreshed in one minute, and a bit frightened in the next.

It leads to the title track, “Lost Tribes of the Moon,” which opens with a lumbering and punishing Doom riff that would eventually strip the lands of everything around them. It nearly dies as it continues on, revitalized by screaming vocals and a hearty rhythm that picks up about half way through, with a dissonant guitar and bass line that begin to echo the vocals. It begins a slow grind at about the eight minute mark, followed by a tempestuous march towards the end of the track, with vocals flailing and an emphatic ending of guitars, waning down to nothing. “Outro/In Search of a New Midian” closes the album. It’s a trippy guitar focused song with background noises to enhance the feeling of moving out of yourself and into new skin. It settles into a pretty piece at one point with a long fade-out.

Overall, this was a very unique album that I would say has to be rooted with the genre of Doom Metal, but with plenty of other influences. There is an Old School feeling tied with a contemporary feeling that you don’t often find out there these days. When you listen to it, you definitely have the feeling that it was composed under the effect of some mind-altering substances. At least, that is the feeling that I have. Outside of this, it’s fascinating collection of secrets that are waiting for you to discover.

Songwriting: 8
Originality: 8
Memorability: 8
Production: 7 - Metal Temple by Dave "that metal guy" Campbell

"NEWS: out now: Lost Tribes of the Moon"

The self-titled, independent debut album by Lost Tribes of the Moon was released on September 18th, 2018. The band is from Wisconsin, United States.
Lost Tribes of the Moon is doom metal. The guitar riffs and tone come, more or less, from the school of classic Trouble and Candlemass. It is a heavy tone (but not sludgy; not stoner). The vocals are singing, with some moments of slightly more aggressive comprehensible semi-screaming. The singing is clear and strong, and done mostly in a slow manner. Again, Lost Tribes of the Moon employs traditional singing, as one would hear in Candlemass and Solitude Aeturnus. The strength of the voice is communicated effectively on the album.
It turns out that, as the official information below explains, the album is a debut and the band may perhaps be new in name, but the musicians involved are veterans. That’s the difference in quality that is readily heard. By the way, this is not a rough, home recording. It seems like the band spent the money necessary to make the album be a concerted effort to deliver a debut that can have an impact on fans of traditional doom in the classic style. It is also very good to hear a band that has done the homework in knowing what they do. They have the skills, not just the desire, to be good doom, and to have, above all, good songs. If the above statements have created an interest, then don’t hesitate to listen to the complete album at the link below. - Metal Bulletin Zine


Still working on that hot first release.



LOST TRIBES OF THE MOON's debut album features three main compositions that showcase a vast and dense variety of influences including but not limited to forms of heavy metal, prog rock and folk. Long and indulgent song lengths give these songs the proper vehicle to fully tell each story within. A few supplemental tracks surround the beginning, middle, and end of this album to help tie the atmosphere of this musical universe together, and which contains expanded instrumentation and sounds that open the doors even further into this auditory journey that is Lost Tribes Of The Moon....
Features inside album artwork by critically acclaimed artist Martin Mercer who has worked on movies such as Nightbreed, Lord Of Illusions, Iron Man 3, Suicide Squad and Aquaman.


Lost Tribes Of The Moon is a band that follows their own path musically and  allows their music to speak for themselves. Based in Milwaukee,WI, Lost Tribes Of The Moon is a band that doesn't try to be defined by one or two genres, rather using "metal" as its main vehicle of sound but citing influences ranging from 70's hard rock, Prog rock, Doom, Black Metal, NWOBHM, folk, and ambient/experimental to make up a reference for what the listener has in store for their ears. The band focuses on dynamics within their musicianship and proper use of inspiration to deliver a sound that doesn't sit neatly into any single description or genre. Lost Tribes Of The Moon takes their name from a reference to Clive Barker's Nightbreed movie and graphic novel and uses that type of dark fictional (or not so) story telling universe combined with lyrics based on stories of mythical figures and old tales to influence the feel for this band.

Lost Tribes Of The Moon has been performing as a live act since September of 2017,but in that short time have hit the stage hard and have been a support act for such bands as Trouble,Today Is The Day, Black Tusk, Immortal Bird, Doomstress, Dreadnought, Ails,and Savage Master. The band's goals for 2019 is to promote their debut album and venture out to further regions to share their music and live sound with more and more audiences.  Never being over satisfied or content with their accomplishments, the band stays focused on progressing and regularly composing new material to evolve to the next phase of their existence.

Band Members

This Ka-Tet was founded in late 2015 by Jon Liedtke, a veteran guitarist and musician. While he has spent most of his career as a lead guitarist for previous Milwaukee bands such as Shroud Of Despondency, Face Of Ruin, and Ara, Jon is probably most recognized nationally and internationally as the theremin player for Relapse Records recording artists Inter Arma. His multi instrumental skills landed him in a unique working relationship with the Richmond, VA band and has appeared on their last 2 albums "The Cavern" and "Paradise Gallows". Jon has also played such festivals with them as Maryland Death Fest, Roadburn Festival, and Psycho Fest as well as a recent European tour as direct support for the band Deafheaven. As the guitarist and leader of the band, Jon combines all of his college music degree skills with his veteran experience as a performing musician into the sounds of Lost Tribes Of The Moon.

Jeremiah Messner plays drums and is the 2nd longest tenured member in the band. Jeremiah is veteran of the Milwaukee underground music scene and has played with a who's who of black metal bands including Cold Beyond, Shroud Of Despondency (where him and Jon Liedtke met) and Owl's Cry. As a performing drummer for over 20 years and well versed in the aforementioned influential genres for this band, his drumming style is the perfect compliment to the rhythmic feel of each of their songs.

Janine Rohde is the voice of Lost Tribes Of The Moon, providing a wide range of vocal abilities as well as her violin skills to the intro and outro on  their debut album. Janine arrives from her previous band, Nadoula where she learned the ropes of being a lead singer and front person in a metal band. Something else very noteworthy is her role as the voice of Bruce Dickenson in a local Iron Maiden tribute band called Maiden Milwaukee. This kind of experience and skills in the vocal department add an extra layer of  powerful dynamics to the music of Lost Tribes Of The Moon.

Ben Wright rounds out this group as the newest member on bass. Ben stepped in to take the place of original bassist and recording member Jacob Muchin. As a well rounded musician, Ben provides an extra dynamic to his approach on bass for this band live and for future recordings, playing a more Geezer Butler/Bob Daisley style to fill in the pockets with notey bass lines where the music has more space.

Band Members