|Review: Moon - Caduceus Chalice|
Label: Moribund Records
Year released: 2010
Genre: Black Metal
Review online: September 18, 2011
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Rated 3.33/5 (66.67%) (3 Votes)
This is rather typical for one-man BM projects these days, but rather a-typical for Aussie Black Metal, which is usually faster and dirtier than this. I have seen some bad press for this essentially taking it to task for not being another Bestial Warlust, which opinion is, frankly, asinine as this is a different sort of beast altogether.
You could compare this music to Xasthur, except it's been a decade since Xasthur produced anything cool. Rather, this reminds me of the frigid underground awesomeness of Evilfeast - cold, moody, and dark as fuck. The production on this is actually quite good, if intentionally trebly and low-fi. The guitars are waspy and sharp-sounding, wringing out atonal and unpleasant riffs while the vocals bellow incomprehensibly through a mile of echo chamber. You can even hear the bass on this, which surprised me. This is not an epochal release, but what I love about it is that it is an attempt to dig back down to the fundamentals of Black Metal - dark, murky, unfriendly music that strives above all to create a forbidding atmosphere. So many supposed BM albums these days are content to be noisy and evil, while forgetting the all-important element of mood and feeling, which is what separates the jackoffs from the real Black Metal practitioner. This is rough in spots and far from perfect, but at least this guy is doing it right.
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