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Review: Lunar Mercia - Leaving the Fragile Space
Lunar Mercia
Leaving the Fragile Space

Label: Independent
Year released: 2022
Duration: 41:45
Tracks: 4
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 4.25/5

Review online: February 4, 2023
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Readers Rating
Leaving the Fragile Space

Rated 2.5/5 (50%) (4 Votes)

Debut for this band from Birmingham, and while I have seen it listed as "post" Black Metal, aside from some more melodic impulses I don't hear anything to really substantiate that. There are some moodier passages, and a use of some mournful clean vocals, but overall this is ambitious Black Metal with a lot of variety in the riffing, from the expected tremolo attack to chunkier, almost Doom Metal passages. There is a bit of a Cascadian sound at work here, along with expansive songwriting that recalls bands like Nightbringer, but mostly I find the melodic ideas here are just good, and demand proper attention. A lot of time these kinds of long compositions lose the thread and become tedious, but I don't find that happening here, and I am always interested in what these songs will do next. A very strong debut recording.

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