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Review: Moonlyght - Shining

Label: Independent
Year released: 2008
Duration: 71:25
Tracks: 10
Genre: Folk Metal

Rating: 5+/5

Review online: December 23, 2008
Reviewed by: Eternal Sorrow
Readers Rating

Rated 5/5 (100%) (3 Votes)

Being the brainchild of one Sébastien "Roby" Robitaille, Moonlyght left us with this final album, this shining swansong of how music in general should be composed. Playing a style I would describe as blackened melodic Folk/Death this album is all about building atmosphere, as it holds this epic feel the whole way through while having this very subtle and ever present melancholic feel. Every song here clocks in at over 5 minutes, but most are 7 to 9 minutes long, which may seem like a bit much for most but by the end I was actually wishing it could have been longer and the length just helps add to the epicness.

There are no real highlights here as this music is truly the sum of all its parts, epic crushing guitars, pounding and soaring drums (which are a true high point on some tracks), and truly great vocal performance by Roby (note he does all the vocals), and as well the keyboards, while not doing much, accentuate the music nicely. The best way I could describe this music is emotion. It's pure emotion in musical form, as you just feel this serene joy the whole time you're listening to it.

In the end this music is metal but at the same time it's not. It's more along the line of just music and what music as a whole should be. Which is not money, or being kult or being pigeon-holed into a genre, but about music as an art form for if this album is the Mona Lisa of metal, whether you like it or not you can't deny its beauty. Sadly though when Roby left the band last year Moonlyght disbanded, leaving this album to only be pressed in 1000 copies, which meant very few would get to hear its majesty.

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