Secrets of the Moon - _Carved in Stigmata Wounds_
(Lupus Lounge, 2004)
by: Pedro Azevedo (
Secrets of the Moon come across as polished and occasionally weird
while keeping some metallic venom -- something plenty of people seem
interested in achieving these days. They also incorporate some
slightly old-school thrashy elements and an audible bass sound,
departing from a black metal base with little care for genre
integrity. They display accomplished musicianship and string together
some damn good flowing guitar leads, though they also fall prey to
some less interesting passages interspersed with the others. _Carved
in Stigmata Wounds_ is neither revolutionary nor amazing, but it
doesn't sound derivative, and it is definitely very competent and
energetic. The band also know how to work some variation into their
sound, which certainly works in their favour: the fast sections with
serpentine guitar work help forget some excessively long tepid passages
where the album contrastingly lacks said variation. Overall the album is
very good, simultaneously a bit technical, entertaining and dark,
with a few excellent riffs ("Cosmogenesis", "Evolution Valour Admission" and the title track, for instance) and able drumming to top it off -- but then at 72 minutes in
length, the songs also tend to be rather long-winded. A bit more conciseness and consistency in the future, please, but for the time being _Carved in
Stigmata Wounds_ is a very worthy effort.
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