Review: Crimson Moonlight – Divine Darkness – Endtime Productions – Release: February 26th, 2016

Review: Crimson Moonlight – Divine Darkness – Endtime Productions – Release: February 26th, 2016.

Originally started in ’97 to do a single demo of old school black metal Crimson Moonlight has managed to stick around for almost 20 years already. An error of judgement or perhaps divine intervention which kept them going? More than 10 years since their last album we’re about to encounter their third album, making it a nice trinity. Get ready for some “Divine Darkness”.

Crimson Moonlight is:
Pilgrim Bestiarius XII – Vocals
Gustav Elowson – Drums & Samples
Per Sundberg – Guitars, Bass & Synth
Johan Wold Ylenstrand – Guitars & Bass


Divine Darkness
93992d0d9c208bf524add101dca19db3Right, let’s address the elephant in the room: Crimson Moonlight play unblack metal. Musically it’s pretty much the same as black metal, but the lyrics centre on Christian faith.

Still here? Good, because you’d cheat yourself out of a very aggressive, or rather downright ferocious piece of work. From the opening scream of ‘The Dogma of Chalcedon’ this album is an almost continues relentless assault on the ears. Pilgrim screams like the best of them, Gustav’s drumming is just insane hyper speed and the guitar duo of Per and Johan keep revving up like some deranged chainsaw carriers.
It’s not all pure speed as the band knows perfectly well when it’s time to switch gears, like the intro to ‘The Suffering’, a single the band released two years ago, and its oddly haunting piano outro.
Title track ‘Divine Darkness’ features some well-placed acoustic guitars which, after a moment in the spotlight, really enhance the aggressive tone of the song.
The one real moment of solace, well sort of, is found in ‘Voistinu Voskrese’ which has a very downcast sound as is carried by an audio recording, although I don’t know what of. Pilrim’s subdued screams really give it a nice creepy feel.
From then onwards it’s a pure unblack metal fest all the way to the last disappearing embers of ‘In Silence In Chains’.

It’s really a shame to judge a book by its cover, because people avoiding Crimson Moonlight because of its Christian themes (and I know there are plenty) are really cheating themselves out of some prime raw metal. Abandon all prejudice and enter here.

Score: 4 out of 5

1.The Dogma of Chalcedon
2.The Suffering
3.Divine Darkness
4.I Am Tribulation
5.Voistinu Voskrese
6.Kingdom of the Wolf
8.In Silence, In Chains

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Text by: Robert Popovic

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