It’s the time of the witches! While the TV series Sabrina got a makeover – a feministic one -, people start to be interested in witches and the Wicca cult in a good way. Or at least better than in the past. Being called a witch is not always a compliment, but I feel like it starts to become a mini movement. More and more women around me identify with the idea of witches being strong and independent women who fight for their rights. For them, “Moira”, the new output by ANN MY GUARD, is a good soundtrack for this way of life.
“Moira” is psychedelic and rocking at the same time, but the spirit is different compared to bands like LUCIFER, MYRKUR, DJERV, KADAVER, … ANN MY GUARD are more down to earth, bringing the spirits to us instead of creating a kind of drug frenzy with their sound. Also, the lyrics are not morbid or deathwishing, even though, at least “The day I die” deals with the topic or afterlife or rebirth. ANN MY GUARD embrace the darkness in a positive way, seeing it as a part of human beings instead of something people have to hide.
ANN MY GUARD’s music and “Moira” in particular are mind-expanding.
The songs deal with topics from what we would call world of the witches: rebirth, summoning, spirits, death and spirits. Their point of view is more natural and philosophical than I know from other bands. The music itself underlines this with a unique mixture of rocky sounds, psychedelic elements, calm moments, headbangers and Anna‘s special voice and her ability to vary between many different vocal styles. Outstanding for this kind of music is that she has a very light voice, even in the deeper notes.
In times of Apple Music and Spotify, I can only recommend giving ANN MY GUARD a listen and especially this album. “Moira” is different from the previous releases, and in our interview, Anna agreed that it’s kind of the dark twin of “Ourania”. If they follow their way – which I hope – ANN MY GUARD won’t become one of the big names, but a unique band with a great fanbase that will stick with them forever.
- The Descent
- Sacred I
- Mountain II
- The day I die
- The Raven
If you want to listen to my review and the interview, I got a podcast episode for you!