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Secrets of the Moon: Privilegivm

Are you in the mood for some dark, chilling, atmospheric, and textured extreme metal? Well if so, get your hands on the latest from Germany's Secrets of the Moon, titled Privilegivm. It's been a few years since Intithesis, but for most the wait will have been well worth it. This latest release sees the band (LSK - Bass, sG Guitars/ Vocals, and T. Thelemnar Drums) dishing out plenty of menacing and spooky sounds that draw from death metal, black metal, doom, gothic, atmospheric, and avant-garde styles.

The majority of Privilegivm is made up of longer pieces in the 7-13 minute range, surrounded by some short interludes dripping with atmosphere. Tracks such as "Sulphur", "Black Halo", and "I Maldoror" contain a plethora of crushing riffs, deep growls, intricate drum work, and blood soaked atmosphere. The arrangements at all times are textured and splattered with passages of dark melancholy, and the temos vary from slow, doomy dirges to speedier fare more reminiscant of the death and black metal genres. Gotta love the epic "Harvest", a real chilling piece that kicks off with some tribal sounding drums and lilting guitar arpeggios before launching into a bombastic death/goth battalion of sound that might remind some of recent Celtic Frost. The final moments of this juggernaut are pure avant-garde metal, and drummers especially should check out the nimble work of T. Thelemnar on this one. "For They Know Not" and "A Million Suns" are about as good as doom metal can get, and sure to please fans of My Dying Bride, Paradise Lost, and Novembers Doom, while "Queen Among Rats" is a pulsating death/black metal feast that works on all levels. Closing number "Shepherd" rounds out the album in dark, dreary fashion, as plodding drums, bluesy guitar leads, keyboards, and gothic, almost spoken word vocals from sG calling from the crypt. Chilling to say the least.

Privilegivm is dark extreme metal at its very best, a 60+ minute ride through the blackened bellows of hell and back. Give Secrets of the Moon credit for creating a platter of atmospheric, textured metal here that is just accessible enough to appeal to a wider audience, Nice digipack filled with lyrics, photos, and creepy artwork round out this well done package.

Track Listing

  1. Privilegivm
  2. Sulphur
  3. Black Halo
  4. I Maldoror
  5. Harvest (Part I: I Forgive Myself / Part II: The Tree Of Life / Part III: Exsultet)
  6. For They Know Not
  7. A Million Suns
  8. Queen Among Rats
  9. Descent
  10. Shepherd

Added: November 27th 2009
Reviewer: Pete Pardo
Related Link: Band Website
Hits: 3590
Language: english

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Secrets of the Moon: Privilegivm
Posted by Denis Brunelle, SoT Staff Writer on 2009-11-27 08:51:30
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This is not the first release I'm hearing from Secrets of the Moon, but damn is Prvilegivm a great piece of Germanic Black Metal! Everything about this album is excellent: the packaging (I love digipack), the art work, songwriting, musicianship and sound production. All about Privilegivm is of the highest quality. Even if the band went through personnel changes, this trio is simply tight and the chemistry is obvious.

Needless to say this CD got many spins and never got slightly boring, although it lasts 73 minutes. Yes, it is that good! No waste of time, fillers or cheesy instrumentals whatsoever on this disc, just great Black Metal. What await the listener is just to hard to resists: bone crushing guitar work strengthen by a backbone bass playing, powerful drumming, deep rasps, subtle leads and arpeggios, all of which being wrapped in lots of atmosphere. Few keyboards are being used, and they were used at the right place in order to increase the atmosphere a bit. This is not just furious and kicking, although you get some of that stuff too. Privilegium possess a mystical and epic edge while remaining melodic all along. You can feel a certain influence from great Black Metal acts such as: Akercocke and Septic Flesh, which is only improving the enjoyment of this disc. There are no bad tracks of course, just plenty of exciting compositions. To list some of my favorite moments: "Sulfur", "I Maldaror", "Harvest" and "For They Know Not". This album also includes a bonus unnamed track which bear a certain The Animals meet The Doors' edge. Even if it is a bit odd, this piece does not take away the joy of going through this album.

Privilegivm is much worthy and is definitely going to be on my best Black Metal album list of the year. Go get it!

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