The Metal Crypt on Facebook  The Metal Crypt's YouTube Channel
Review: Crimson Moon - To Embrace The Vampyric Blood
Crimson Moon
To Embrace The Vampyric Blood

Label: Abyss Productions
Year released: 1996
Duration: 44:50
Tracks: 9
Genre: Black Metal


Review online: September 8, 2004
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Readers' Rating
How do you rate this release?

Rated 3.71/5 (74.29%) (14 Votes)

This band is not to be confused with the horrible Crimson Moonlight (a laughable "Christian Black Metal Band") This is a seriously evil disc from a very obscure American band. This outfit has not really released anything since then except a few demo recordings and limited edition cassettes, though they are still active. (Though very, very kvlt – their current webpage doesn't even have a menu.)

This is some awesome stuff in the vein of Emperor around the era of "In the Nightside Eclipse", but this is more evil than Isahn and the boys ever were. The CD opens with an "Intro" of muttered invocations and howling wolves before the raw attack of "Kingdom Of Shadows" fires up. As you would expect, the production is primitive (you can even hear the tape catch and crackle here and there) and the overall mix is a bit quiet, but the songs on this album are really cool. "Carpe Noctem", "Sender Of Nocturnal Visions" and the awesome, awesome "The Storm Bringer" – all of these are just killer. Cold, remorseless Black Metal with very memorable melodies and a lot of dynamic in the songwriting. The vocals go from the usual rasps to a deep narrative mutter that reels of demonic incantations. There are even some female spoken word parts here and there, but they go with the music and are not overused.

Musically Crimson Moon are cool, but the lyrics are something else. These guys know their shit, and their unholy chanting makes other BM wannabes who scream about raping Jesus look really lame. I can't think of a better way to express this than by example, so here, in their marvelous entirety, I present the lyrics to "The Storm Bringer"

The Stormbringer

I conjure thee O Ancestor of the Gods!
I summon thee creature of Darkness by the works of Darkness.
I summon thee creature of Hatred by the works of Hatred.
I summon thee creature of the wastes by the Rites of the Wastes.
I summon the creature of Pain by the words of Pain.
I summon thee and call forth thee from thy abode in Darkness.
I evoke thee from thy resting place in the bowels of the Earth -
May the dead rise - may the dead rise and smell the incense.
I summon thee O stormbringer from the depths below the depths,
may your chaos be set forth!

Come forth Stormbringer, ride the ancient winds,
Rise up legions spawned from the Serpent of KUR.
AZAG-THOTH, PAZUZU lead us unto war.
TIAMAT, KINGU may thy children be reborn,
fearless towards battle, fierce as the darkest storm
unleashed from the bowels of the mountains of MASHU.
Come forth to the Night, unto thine Chalice
Bleed, Bleed upon the altar of Immortality.

I manifest to astral spheres, before me
layeth the sacred cup of the Draconis.
I embrace the sweet wine and savor the metallic taste.
For I have consumed the blood that lives forever more,
the blood of the Draconis.
I drink the blood, the hate of KINGU rages on.
The furious tempest unleashes black storms
and the chaos crawls beyond the stars,
to unleash fury amongst the blackened earth.

Oh Dragon of the Apocalypse,
come forth to reap the living,
come forth to drink the blood,
come forth to thine sphere of solitude,
come forth to thine entrapment of chaos.
Storm upon the heavens, cast out the light
set forth the darkness upon Winter Skies.

Below the Heavenly skies, the storm clouds spill forth
the Elder's blood upon the Blackened and dying Earth.
Crimson rivers run through the crumbled ruins
all has been vanquished,
all has been destroyed,
all that remains is the eternal storm.

There you go. I hardly think there has ever been cooler lyrical work done in Black Metal, ever. Plus you get some winged devil chicks fucking each other with crucifixes on the inside of the J card, so there is no reason at all not to get this puppy if you can find it. This is kvlt as fuck, but also very, very good. Seek.

More about Crimson Moon...
Review: Mors Vincit Omnia (reviewed by MetalMike)
Review: Mors Vincit Omnia (reviewed by Sargon the Terrible)
Review: Oneironaut (reviewed by Sargon the Terrible)
Click below for more reviews
Latest 0-9 A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z Various Books/Zines 

The Metal Crypt - Crushing Posers Since 1999
Copyright  © 1999-2024, Michel Renaud / The Metal Crypt.  All Rights Reserved.