Milk White Throat
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Milk White Throat

Brighton, England, United Kingdom

Brighton, England, United Kingdom
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Bart: "Good Stuff." Sometimes that's saying about enough. Yet with Brighton's Milk White Throat's first recorded effort some more words urge me to be spilled. Of course you can immediately click your way to their bandcamp to have a good listen. This will have two effects: first, you can check if my description seems in harmony with what you're hearing. Second, it should be hard to stop listening, as you're getting ever so curious as to what is happening next. Good, don't stop listening. It is worth your while, as Milk White Throat know how to draw out some surprisingly versatile and dynamic compositions.

I couldn't wish for a better production: it's crispy, and as opposed to many modern self-produced bands that like to leap into technically adventurous terrains, it's got soul, loads of soul. No slick digitalization, but warm, beating drums. And when things get intense, there is no showing off how brutal they can get, but honestly being pissed-off and concerned. Well, at least, that's what I hear. You might hear a band mixing great ambient effects with groovy, sludgy and heavy rock/metal riffs, a good concern for not getting stuck in one sound, six musicians of which it wouldn't do harm if the saxophone did some nice duets with the guitars, and a vocalist that should not be offended when I compare him to the diverse vocal approaches within Mastodon's career.

Oh, and did I mention that this band is classy? Milk White Throat got style, man, it's got me feeling more blue than most blues rock bands manage to. So excuse my ranting. I hope they're going to be picked up widely, it may restore my faith in humanity. Meanwhile, I'll listen to some classy music all by myself. Oh wait, you want them to be compared to other bands of course. Well, I'd say it's a somehow more accessible version of the Dillinger Escape Plan's recent brilliance. Now go listen. - LordsofMetal.nl


Progressive metal/rock meets sludge feel in an almost perfect wedding. Unlikely? Not if you are talking about Milk White Throat. This self-titled EP makes a strong statement and, at the same time, it takes you back to what is elementary in prog, often in a Pink Floydish style. Deliberately suffocating, the instrumental bursts come aplenty. The right amount of atmosphere and the different nuances of the songs let all the instruments shine, including the vocals which are very good, while the heavy and incessant riffs fluctuate between different directions. Bleak and abrasive, the turbulence of the music of Milk White Throat promises to grab you by the neck with its precocious degree of sophistication. If all goes well, your mind may wander between the acoustic and clean parts, whereas your body will detonate when the intensity rises. Considering the usual means bands have at their disposal when they record these low-budget releases, this is promising, to say the least. - Metal Storm.net


With their self titled EP Brighton band Milk White Throat bring a unique and impressive blend of flavours and influences that are transformed into their own distinct array of inspired ideas and sounds. Across the five tracks the sextet show a band confident and determined to make music they want to hear, their passion oozing out of the release from every track.

The band are listed as progressive rock but their creative music brings so much more than that, the elements of metal, hardcore and death metal making a heady mix of distinct power and originality. The technical skill of the band consisting of Tom Humphrey (guitar/vocals), Tom Bates (guitar), Will Gardner (saxophone/vocals), Gareth Harwood (keyboard), Guillaume Croizon (drums), and Brian Thomas (bass/vocals) adds a math rock spice into the brew too resulting in an intelligent and individual sound.
The EP opens with the ten minute epic ‘Home’, entering on a lingering hypnotic drum beat, guitars probe and play as they expand into an equal mix of crushing riffs and expressive progressive meanderings. With a taste of Unearth, At The Drive-In and Pain Of Salvation the song is a glorious journey of creativity from the band, a clever hybrid of styles fused into intelligent songwriting.

‘Mother I’ the following track is an emotive song in lyrical content and sound. Carrying a soulful progressive flow not out of place within a Mars Volta release the song punches relentlessly with driving riffs and forceful bass and drum rhythms. It plays eagerly on the ear perfectly combining diverse melodies and attacking surges of power. As with the first track it is a joy to engage with music that has its own distinction and exceptional individuality.

The power comes harder with ‘On The Road’, the harmonious dual energy of aggression and melodic inspiration the evidence of quality song creation and realisation by an emerging band with an extremely positive future. The song has a touch of Letlive to it but as in all the references given it is a mere spice and the tracks themselves as mentioned uniquely Milk White Throat.

‘Still’ closes the EP with the same sense of an epic as the opener in length and feel. Starting with a slow melodic amble and instilling a soaring ambience the song floats around the senses before slamming down hard with intense aggressive vocals and probing guitar manipulations. It does not have the direct assertive ferocity of earlier tracks but it has equal effect in its impressive construct and senses touching power.

Milk White Throat are on the verge of a band about to trigger mass awareness if there is any sense in music, their EP showing an already impressive ability and skill in song writing and bringing it to their audiences and suggests there is much more yet to come as the band develops and evolves. Do yourselves a favour and find out how great they are now rather than later when you will be hearing them everywhere. - RingMasterReviews


Milk White Throat is a group of musicians doing what they can with what they’ve got. And they do a lot with what they’ve got. If their influences would be football players, MWT club would always be a contender for winning the title. Ranging from Neurosis, Ulver, Decapitated and Devin Townsend at the first side to Pain of Salvation, The Mars Volta, Yes and Pink Floyd at the other side, and a weird hybrid of Deathspell Omega and Frank Zappa in the middle – these Brighton based heavyweights have pretty strong combination of hits to offer.
These five tracks which comprise the band’s selftitled album, which is available as a digital download here, show off the boldfaced maturity of these Brightonians. By listening to the album song by song, I’m starting to get disgusted by what trash is released while fine work like this stays unnoticed. What is this world coming to?
Milk White Throat is not lacking for quality in any segments, and I would say that their exactness and creativity is yet to be exploited. Along with the experimental progression which kicks off with Home, there are plenty of various elements to be heard. And employing various elements in today’s understanding of a term “progressive” became a cliché. The aggregation of many genre labels into one doesn’t necessarily mean a success. Weighing of the genres percentage ratio is anything like a chemical calculation. No one would love too much carbon dioxide. - Prog-sphere.com


Mastodon might sound something like these dudes if they had Dysrhythmia’s Colin Marston and Kevin Hufnagel in the band. And if Mastodon had better vocalists. Come to think of it, I’m pretty sure “a lot like Intronaut” is what I’m really looking for. A potent mix of fuzzed-out crusty grooves and prog sensibilities. - Metal Sucks.com


Discography

"Mother I" - 2010 EP

"Milk White Throat" - 2011 EP

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Milk White Thoat (formally known as Lithurgy) have travelled the lenght and breadth of UK to play shows, shared stages with the likes of Entombed, Textures and Orange Goblin and completed a succeful UK tour with Tesseract, culminating in a well received performance at Bloodstock Festival (2010).
More recently the band has started to incorporate electronica and other instrumentation into their sound which can be heard on the follow up EP to "Mother I".