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Rising Moon: They Are As Us

Rising Moon may sound like a Euro Power Metal band name -- at least that's what I thought when I first heard of them. Make no mistake though; this is a young Italian band playing melodic Death Metal, rarely straying away from the genre's cliche style, but still maintaining a fairly satisfying approach to songwriting and musicianship.

The band consists of three members: Paolucci Nicola on bass, De Innocentiis Angelo on guitars/vocals, and D'Annibale Carmine on drums/back vox. The vocals are your typical death growls. Angelo possesses a midrange which is neither overtly powerful nor annoyingly thin. When he attempts to do some high growls, however, it becomes difficult to understand what he is singing. Then again, I'm not really interested in the lyrics of this disc, since they seem to be about aliens (as the cover art and band picture in the booklet reveal) and how they aren't different from us [mankind]. Not a very interesting concept in my opinion. Musically it's most evident on "Digression" when the electronic samples enter the mix or the spoken vocals on "Death's Colors".

This is a rather short album, clocking in at about 32 minutes with nine tracks. Most of the songs are similar to each other and never exceed the 3-4 minute mark. Although there are dual guitars in the music, neither of them plays any solos. The guitars are there to give the music a fuller sound, rather than adding up varied time signatures, stop-and-start sections, etc. Some of the most interesting parts on the CD are the competent drumming on the title track, the shifting between clean and death vocals on "Irrelevant Senses", and the sludgy album closer with its almost doomy guitar riffs. By no means essential, but still worth giving a listen to.

Track Listing
1. Cyborg Insane
2. Digression
3. Swedish Metal
4. Escape & Operate
5. Death's Colors
6. They Are as Us
7. Irrelevant Senses
8. Contact
9. Almost Insignificant

Added: March 31st 2005
Reviewer: Murat Batmaz
Related Link: Rising Moon Website
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Language: english

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