Darkmoon - _.308 Antichrist_
(Tribunal Records, 2001)
by: Quentin Kalis (8 out of 10)
In a market flooded with MCDs containing a mere one or two new studio tracks accompanied by a host of lame remixes, live tracks, insipid cover versions and the like, it was pleasing to note that all four songs on this MCD are new studio tracks. Great stuff. _.308 Antichrist_ consists of death-tinged black metal, a largely brutal and violent work, which does however permit the occasional melody to surface. Whilst Darkmoon won't devastate the metal world with their originality, their music contains enough personal quirks to enable it to stand apart from the like-minded masses. This MCD deals with the notion of war against Christianity, of course -- they are black metal, after all -- and several effects are adopted to successfully enhance this notion. One is the rigid drumming, which imbues the songs with a strong militaristic feel, and is particularly effective in "Patriots of Fire" and "Impenetrable", also the best songs on this MCD. Appropriate samples augment the pervasive sense of war. Their focus on modern day war would explain the lack of medieval influences and touches that littered their previous work, while melody competes with outright aggression for dominance of this record. A worthy addition to the increasing numbers of American black metal acts.

Contact: http://www.ncmusic.com/tribunal/

(article published 1/9/2002)

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