† And then the Curse swept the Earth

quarta-feira, 9 de novembro de 2011


"Caduceus Chalice" is the first full-length by this aussie one man band, Moon. The first impression you'll get is the sound, you could compare this to Xasthur. The production on this is actually quite good, if intentionally trebly and low-fi. The guitars are waspy and sharp-sounding, wringing out atonal and unpleasant riffs while the vocals bellow incomprehensibly through a mile of echo chamber. You can even hear the bass on this, which surprised me. This is not an epochal release, but what I love about it is that it is an attempt to dig back down to the fundamentals of Black Metal - dark, murky, unfriendly music that strives above all to create a forbidding atmosphere. So many supposed BM albums these days are content to be noisy and evil, while forgetting the all-important element of mood and feeling, which is what separates the jackoffs from the real Black Metal practitioner. This is rough in spots and far from perfect, but at least this guy is doing it right. You can buy this release here.

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