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Review: Moonblood - Supreme Black Force of German Steel
Supreme Black Force of German Steel

Label: Independent
Year released: 2004
Duration: 66:54
Tracks: 9
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 3.5/5

Review online: May 12, 2006
Reviewed by: Chaossphere
Readers Rating
Supreme Black Force of German Steel

Rated 3.71/5 (74.29%) (7 Votes)

The case of Moonblood is a textbook example of a particularly amusing contradiction of the human condition. In short: people desire most that which is unattainable. The poor wish to be wealthy, while the wealthy often tire of their opulence and wish for a simple life. People with dark features bleach their hair, while those with light features dye it black. This odd phenomenon is visible all the time in everyday life, and it seems to affect just about everyone in some way or another.

Which brings me to the point... before this review begins to resemble a half-assed sociology essay. Moonblood existed for a few years in the mid to late 90's and produced a vast number of self-released demo tapes, limited to a few dozen copies each. They also managed two full-length LPs, and contributed several split cassettes and LPs, all of which were similarly limited to, well, fuck all really. All this contributed to a sudden explosion of interest in the band when erstwhile Moonblood instrumentalist Occulta Mors joined Nargaroth as a session drummer and said band then covered "Far Beyond the Stars" on the rather well-known album Black Metal Ist Krieg. Suddenly, every black metal neophyte HAD to get their hands on any Moonblood recording available, scrabbling for leftover tapes in distros and, when that well quickly ran dry, leeching in mass quantities from a handful of "elite" bedroom warriors who already had them in mp3 format.

Nowadays, the hype is gone. Vanished like so much smoke. I can only attribute this to the fact that every single Moonblood recording has now been bootlegged several times over, and the mystique is gone along with the hype. Requests for their legendary demos have ceased. All this is most likely because, at the end of the day, they're just another good black metal band.

Not some amazing, mind-flaying underground phenomenon which will drag your very soul gleefully down to the depths of hell by the simple act of hearing their music. All they were was two Germans creating very simple, and often very unoriginal, black metal seemingly for the sake of having something to do. This particular bootleg combines two of their later recordings, the second LP Taste Our German Steel and the Moonblood half of their split LP with Evil. Both these recordings are very much typical black metal in the vein of Darkthrone (circa Transilvanian Hunger and the faster material from Panzerfaust), older Bathory and Mayhem. There are some excellent riffs in here, and the drumming is quite relentless, but overall it's just raw, fast and ambient black metal. The first LP Blut Und Krieg is a bit better, and more epic despite having mostly shorter songs. The logic of the band in limiting the LP to 100 copies was actually quite solid, since if it wasn't for the sudden interest of scene-kiddies discovering the band well after its release (and their subsequent breakup after a couple more split LPs) who felt they were missing out on something monumental, that's about how many copies it could have been realistically expected to sell anyway. None of which is to say this isn't some damn fine black metal, obviously. It's just not as soul-rapingly brilliant as some may have lead themselves to believe.

So, in the end Moonblood's sudden explosion in popularity a few years ago seems to have proven that the black metal scene is full of silly buggers who'll kill their own grandmother just to hear something which, according to those who created it, they weren't supposed to hear at all, and their life didn't become any better when they did hear it. But that's another half-assed sociology essay…

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