|Review: Moongates Guardian - Eternal Legend|
Label: More Hate Productions
Year released: 2014
Genre: Black Metal
Review online: November 15, 2015
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
Rated 3.6/5 (72%) (5 Votes)
A highly productive Russian Black Metal duo, Moongates Guardian has already released three full-length studio albums, and a great bunch of singles and EPs despite the band forming just about two years ago. Makes you think almost right away whether they put quantity over quality, right?
Eternal Legend, as the title of the band's debut album goes, was originally released digitally by the band in May 2014. Later on, More Hate Productions took the opportunity to re-release it with three bonus tracks that appeared on the band's only digitally released single, Lament for Gandalf. Yes, this Russian duo is obsessed by The Lord of the Rings trilogy; so much so that they decided to make sort of a Black Metal-infested soundtrack out of the concept. In a way, they have managed to create a good, soundtrack-ish feel to their epic Black Metal, but then, on the other hand, you may easily also get a bit annoyed that there should be more music instead of all kinds of sampled elements being thrown around. To their credit, Skilar Blackwings (who has performed and sampled all the instruments on the album) has a very good vision of how to make a well-made, pompous and epic sounding soundtrack. He should perhaps use his skills for the movie industry as well, and become just sick-rich.
Eternal Legend, representing an ambitious effort to create a Black Metal-flavored theme around The Lord of the Rings trilogy, is only a partly successful attempt at being an impressive record. It gives a good try at achieving some great things, but unfortunately never fully hits its goal perfectly, other than proving Skilar's skills as a skilled soundtrack composer.
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