Moonlyght - _Shining_
(Mankind's Demise, 2008)
by: Quentin Kalis (8 out of 10)
The previous releases on Mankind's Demise were comparatively straightforward black metal albums of variable quality, but Moonlyght is a far cry from Monarque or Sorcier des Glaces. Combining heavy, death and gothic metal with a hefty dose of melody and melancholy, they have crafted a varied but consistent album that is far from perfect but bodes well for their future endeavors. Or would have, had they not sadly disbanded.

The production would be acceptable for their labelmates, but this style demands a more lucid production that allows the subtle nuances of their music to come to the surface. Occasionally, a particular influence will be all too obvious, as in your face as a street preacher, and sometimes reminiscent of rather obscure bands. For example, the widdly tremolo riff and tinkling piano keys halfway through "Downfall" sound suspiciously similar to _Witchcraft_ era Obtained Enslavement. In addition to the usual screeches, some female and clean vox surface occasionally, the latter as execrable as any other extreme band who attempts this.

Sadly, this is another example of a band that could have been destined for greater things but was extinguished before their full potential could be realised.


(article published 15/1/2009)

9/30/2004 B Meloon 8.5 Moonlyght - Progressive Darkness
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