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Secrets of the Moon, Sun (Prophecy Productions)
Cd Reviews: December 24, 2015

12/24/15
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



Secrets of the Moon, Sun (Prophecy Productions)

If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em, so it’s high time I at least pretended to take black-metal seriously. OK, at least I think that’s what I’m doing here. This German quartet, mainly comprised of guys who are in other bands (Eudaimony and Vorkreist, to name but two), bill themselves as a black metal unit, and, much more importantly, they use vaguely Luciferian stage names like “Thrawn” and “LSK,” but their storm-slashed bummer-dude math chords remind me more of those old Earache Records releases from the mid-Aughts, from bands like Cult of Luna, the intents and purposes of which never struck me. I’ll say this about SotM, though — its singer, “sK,” is muscular after a pub-oi fashion, projecting a lot of rawboned Dillinger Escape Plan-level anger (thankfully sans the mud-monster stuff), all of which was lacking in this space 10 years ago. But I suppose if I were a capitalist wolf breaking this corporation up to sell it for parts, I’d send the singer over to Pelican and tell the remaining guys to speed up the songs lest they get fired. B- 





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