|Review: Darkmoon - .308 Antichrist|
Label: Tribunal Records
Year released: 2001
Genre: Black Metal
Review online: January 7, 2001
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Rated 3.5/5 (70%) (2 Votes)
Darkmoon is a US black metal band that doesn't walk onto the same grounds as other USBM bands such as Krieg, Kult ov Azazel or Judas Iscariot to name a few. While what I usually hear in the USBM scene is pretty raw and primitive BM (the "cult" type of sound to some extent), Darkmoon is more along the lines of Swedish BM acts such as Marduk and Setherial - relatively clean sound, very fast and brutal. Similarly, they rely more on a display of musicianship than on creating an atmosphere (although some war-like sounds are added here and there). The band also borrows a little from Thrash and Death metal and while the material here may not always sound entirely original, there are still some attention-catching moments. Overall, while there isn't much here than I haven't heard before, and I'm not too fond of some of the sound effects used, this is pretty well-played and I found myself giving this MCD quite a few spins. Fans of the genre should check this band out.
The band has a full-length on Music For Nations that has received good reviews, but from what I hear it's different than the material on this MCD. It'll be interesting to see what the band comes up with when they release a new full-length album.
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