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Review: Crimson Moonlight - The Covenant Progress
Crimson Moonlight
The Covenant Progress

Label: Rivel Records
Year released: 2003
Duration: 50:12
Tracks: 9
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 4.2/5

Review online: July 6, 2005
Reviewed by: ShadowsFall
Readers Rating
The Covenant Progress

Rated 2.75/5 (55%) (12 Votes)

Now before you all go and run away because you realize Crimson Moonlight is a Christian band, you might want to pay attention and listen up. Yes they are a Christian band, which yes usually means they might not sound as good as your average band; but no, Crimson Moonlight is not like all the rest. These guys actually do kick a lot of ass, and giving them a listen would be a wise idea.

Crimson Moonlight hail from Sweden and have two full length albums, this and 2004's Veil Of Remembrance, as well as a couple of demos.

As for what style of metal they play, yes you read the genre right, they are black metal. Well technically they are not black metal because of their lyrical content, but their music sounds very similar to a lot of black metal bands. Their style is more of the Dimmu Borgir, Dissection, XIV Dark Centuries kind of BM, very melodic. Pilgrim (very gay name) does an awesome job on vocals; he has a really deep voice with that BM shriek, which sounds sometimes like a lot of the melodic death bands such as Dark Tranquillity. I think the drumming is probably the coolest thing about this album, Gustav pounds out a continuous explosion of double bass throughout the whole album, and I think he really sets the tone.

This is a really solid album; the only filler is the last track, The Covenant, which is 7 minutes of stupid noises, and is pointless. Other than that, I don't really have any complains about this album, the production is very good, especially for a BM band. My favorite track would probably be Path Of Pain. This song completely slays, the drums and guitar sound brutal; this is also probably the fastest song on the album.

Crimson Moonlight is no troo BM band such as Immortal or Mayhem, but they are very talented, and should not get ignored just because they are Christian.

Recommended for fans of black metal or melodic death metal.

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