Title: Divine DarknessLabel: Endtime Productions
Moonlight have laid dormant for the best part of 12 years
releasing their last album (Veil of Remembrance) back in
2004. Now, 12 years later the Swedish cult metallers
unleash their third full-length record ‘Divine
opening number ‘The Dog of Chalcedon’ wastes no time
tearing through a barrage of blackened riffs played at
furious speeds. Upping the ante ‘The Suffering’
and ‘Divine Darkness’ have enough blast beats and
tremolo licks to satisfy the most die-hard black metal
fans. Temporary tranquility is present in ‘Voistinu
Voskrese’, which is a haze of tonal and minimalistic
melodies. The serenity is short lived with ‘Kingdom
of the Wolf’ raising the bar once again with a whirlwind
of searing riffs and ceaseless aggression. Latter
numbers ‘Dusk’ and the finale of ‘In Silence, In
chains’ carry on the momentum to the last beat climaxing
in a mist of complete chaos.
‘Divine Darkness’ is an enjoyable record that does the bands history justice. However, as fast and aggressive as it may be, there is very little on here that breaks the typical black metal mold. That being said, I am sure fans of Crimson Moonlight will find something special on this release.
Review by: Rob Herald
The Dogma Of Chalcedon
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