|Review: Moonlyght - Progressive Darkness|
Year released: 2002
Genre: Progressive Metal
Review online: June 18, 2002
Reviewed by: Christian Renner
Rated 2/5 (40%) (1 Vote)
If there were one word to describe this band from Quebec it would simply have to be variety. Combining folk, black, death, goth and pure metal into one hell of a kick ass album. You would think with all this variety it would come out a bit disjointed (Especially considering this is the first full-length) but that certainly is not the case here. This sounds more like a third or fourth album rather than a debut…it is simply that damn good!
I was simply astounded by the maturity and excellent songwriting in these seven songs, which run for damn near an hour. The blending of all these different styles is certainly not easy and with all these different styles coming together in almost every song on the album it clearly shows the talent level this band possesses. The songs are all mainly mid tempo and faster with breakdown sections here and there featuring violins, pianos and even accordions (See what I mean by variety…heh). The guitars are very well done with some very catchy riffs and simply beautiful acoustic sections. The vocals have the same variety shown by the music ranging anywhere from a death metal growl to a black metal type scream as well as clean vocals thrown in as well when the song calls for them. Each style is very well done and you never find yourself thinking he should just stick to one style.
Overall a very impressive album and one that many signed bands would definitely be envious of. With the quality of work displayed here there should be metal labels beating down the doors of these guys. Any fan of any of the styles I mentioned will find something of interest and if you like your music to move around and not be tied to one style this may very well be your Holy Grail. HIGHLY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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