|Review: Crimson Moon - To Embrace The Vampyric Blood|
|To Embrace The Vampyric Blood|
Label: Abyss Productions
Year released: 1996
Genre: Black Metal
Review online: September 8, 2004
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
for:To Embrace The Vampyric Blood
Rated 3.5/5 (70%) (12 Votes)
This band is not to be confused with the horrible Crimson Moonlight (a laughable "Christian Black Metal Band") This is a seriously evil disc from a very obscure American band. This outfit has not really released anything since then except a few demo recordings and limited edition cassettes, though they are still active. (Though very, very kvlt – their current webpage doesn't even have a menu.)
This is some awesome stuff in the vein of Emperor around the era of "In the Nightside Eclipse", but this is more evil than Isahn and the boys ever were. The CD opens with an "Intro" of muttered invocations and howling wolves before the raw attack of "Kingdom Of Shadows" fires up. As you would expect, the production is primitive (you can even hear the tape catch and crackle here and there) and the overall mix is a bit quiet, but the songs on this album are really cool. "Carpe Noctem", "Sender Of Nocturnal Visions" and the awesome, awesome "The Storm Bringer" – all of these are just killer. Cold, remorseless Black Metal with very memorable melodies and a lot of dynamic in the songwriting. The vocals go from the usual rasps to a deep narrative mutter that reels of demonic incantations. There are even some female spoken word parts here and there, but they go with the music and are not overused.
Musically Crimson Moon are cool, but the lyrics are something else. These guys know their shit, and their unholy chanting makes other BM wannabes who scream about raping Jesus look really lame. I can't think of a better way to express this than by example, so here, in their marvelous entirety, I present the lyrics to "The Storm Bringer"
I conjure thee O Ancestor of the Gods!
Come forth Stormbringer, ride the ancient winds,
INA ZUMRI YA LU TAPPARRASAMA!
Oh Dragon of the Apocalypse,
Below the Heavenly skies, the storm clouds spill forth
There you go. I hardly think there has ever been cooler lyrical work done in Black Metal, ever. Plus you get some winged devil chicks fucking each other with crucifixes on the inside of the J card, so there is no reason at all not to get this puppy if you can find it. This is kvlt as fuck, but also very, very good. Seek.
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