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Review: Secrets of the Moon - Privilegivm
Secrets of the Moon

Label: Prophecy Productions
Year released: 2009
Duration: 65:26
Tracks: 9
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 4/5

Review online: November 1, 2009
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Readers Rating

Rated 3.78/5 (75.63%) (32 Votes)

Secrets of the Moon return with their fourth album, and it's quite a monster. I was not too impressed with their last work, the rather post-metallish Antithesis, but I was willing to give this a go. This is almost a complete turnaround for the band, who on the last album were too simplistic and over-intellectual, while this time they have built a sprawling and complex epic.

This is still somewhat pretentious, but when the result is this entertaining I am prepared to forgive some of that. The guitar sound here is considerably heavied up from the last outing, and the riffs are also beefed up with real bit to them. Vocals are deeper and almost Death Metalish, while still maintaining intelligibility. This is a long album, and by three quarters through it's obvious that this is too long, but there's no one song that drags on past its time, except maybe "For They Know Not", which gets a little monotonous. I detect a definite influence from other intellectual Germanic bands like The Ruins of Beverast or Verdunkeln, and I think that is all to the good. Secrets of the Moon are not as good as they want to be, but they are much better than they used to be. Worth looking into.

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