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Review: Secrets of the Moon - Privilegivm
Secrets of the Moon

Label: Prophecy Productions
Year released: 2009
Duration: 65:26
Tracks: 9
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 4.5/5

Review online: December 2, 2009
Reviewed by: Pagan Shadow
Readers Rating

Rated 3.78/5 (75.63%) (32 Votes)

This is not the first release I've heard from Secrets of the Moon, but damn is Prvilegium a great piece of Germanic Black Metal! Everything about this album is excellent: the packaging (I love digipak), the artwork, songwriting, musicianship and sound production. Everything about Privilegium is of the highest quality. Even if the band went through personnel changes, this trio is simply tight and the chemistry is obvious.

Needless to say this CD got many spins and never got slightly boring, even though it lasts 73 minutes. Yes, it is that good! No waste of time, fillers or cheesy instrumentals whatsoever on this disc, just great Black Metal. What awaits the listener is just too hard to resist: bone-crushing guitar work strengthened by a backbone bass playing, powerful drumming, deep rasps, subtle leads and arpeggios, all of which wrapped in lots of atmosphere. Few keyboards are used, and they were used just in the right place in order to increase the atmosphere a bit. This is not just furious and kicking, although you get some of that stuff too. Privilegium possess a mystical and epic edge while remaining melodic all along. You can feel a certain influence from great Black Metal acts such as Akercocke and Septic Flesh, which only improves the enjoyment of this disc. There are no bad tracks of course, just plenty of exciting compositions. To list some of my favorite moments: "Sulfur", "I Maldaror", "Harvest" and "For They Know Not". This album also includes a bonus unnamed track which bears a certain The Animals meet The Doors' edge. Even if it is a bit odd, this piece does not take away the joy of going through this album.

Privilegium is much worthy and is definitely going to be on my best Black Metal album list of the year. Go get it!

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