Limbonic Art - _Moon in the Scorpio_
(Nocturnal Art Productions, 1997)
by: Drew Snow (9 out of 10)
Limbonic Who? Another shock, this time in the form of extremely atmospheric Norwegian black metal, courtesy of Limbonic Art's debut, _Moon in the Scorpio_. Although the image is extremely contrived and trite (does anyone really want to see another two guys with scary names; Daemon and Morfeus... ooooo... ahhhh, posing around a fire in corpsepaint?), Limbonic Art's music is phenomenal. Shedding the traditional guitar with backing keyboard approach, they instead do the opposite: the keyboards lay out the haunting melodies, while the guitars just kind of buzz around in the background. And what haunting melodies they are. Listening to the first track, "Beneath the Burial Surface", I just about couldn't believe my ears when the bell started its ominous chime and the synth broke out in a heart-stopping arrangement. It only gets better from there, with the awesome recorded thunderstorm and whispered vocals, again accompanied by the bell. Of course, there's more than just one song on _MitS_, but they all follow in the footsteps of the first; specifically, they are all captivating. Cosmic sounding keyboards, brutal percussion (programmed, though you can hardly tell), scathing vocals, and a dark, morbid atmopshere round out the sonic assault. Having seven songs and a duration of 60 minutes, _MitS_ is not short on content, either. Limbonic Art have come up with perhaps the best black metal album of the year, thus far.

(article published 16/3/1997)

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