A Canadian-bred combination of progressive, power, death and black metal (with a touch of folk music for organic purposes), Progressive Darkness is one bold debut, with a title that best sums up its sound. Don't try to pigeonhole these guys – who by turns sound like Nightwish, Opeth, Dimmu Borgir and Children of Bodom – because that's an exercise in futility. Classy and heavy, Moonlyght never sacrifices the song in the name of extremeness. In fact, some listeners might contend the band doesn't take its sound far enough. But if Moonlyght did that, then the band would sound just like any other extreme-metal outfit these days. On Progressive Darkness, Moonlyght manages to craft a sound, a mood and damn near a whole new subgenre that other bands will strive to imitate before too long.
Apparently, Progressive Darkness was originally released in Canada in 2002 before Sweden's Escapi picked it up and licensed it for worldwide release in 2004. Wise move.
1) Fantasy (8:08)
2) The Sceptic Traveller (7:07)
3) Ride on Ice Storms (7:26)
4) A Tale From a Fantastic Kingdom (8:14)
5) The Autumn's Freezing Harmony (7:57)
6) From Honour To Nothingness (4:39)
7) Progressive Darkness (11:49)