Just kidding, of course, but let this light jab serve as fair warning when it comes to the regimented nature of this German band's personal vision of black metal: Secrets of the Moon stay well away from the genre's more savage, atavistic school of thought, and thus verily confirm their desire and perhaps their German-ness to freeze their asses off in Dante's iced inferno rather than stoke the fires of hell, if you know what we mean. Anyway, that's not to say that Antithesis' cold and clinical production in any way compromises the quality of its songwriting, scope of its dynamic variety, nor richness of imagination contained herein all of them arguably culminating in the haunting desperation book-ending the violent maelstrom of standout track "Seraphim Is Dead". Instead, this generalized austerity actually accentuates the sharp edges and bittersweet wounds inflicted by lengthy explorations such as "Ordinance," "Confessions," et al, which continually test mere mortals' thresholds of pain and pleasure, but likewise prove consistently engaging for close to an hour straight.
Trails off in the darkened midst. A number of bands could be labeled as pushing this concept into the traditional black metal paradigm, but among the more blatant examples of it is a German outfit by the name of Secrets Of The Moon that often times defies the very concept of its own professed genre.
For all its production quirks, "Antithesis" is an album that fits the sort of mystical, theistic character of Deathspell Omega from a lyrical standpoint, to the point of offering up its own counter-worship service in the form of an album. But the comparison between the two bands tends to terminate on that point, though there is also a tendency towards drawn out, jam-like passages inherent in the songwriting.
This is particularly noticeable during the shorter intro and outro material in "Nowhere The results are not altogether unpleasant, as these songs do articulate a sense of purpose as they wind around differing sections, particularly during the droning dismalness of the quiet, clean guitar sections.
The intro material of "Seraphim Is Dead" does a particularly excellent job of layering minimalist ideas so as to create a dense and almost misty atmosphere akin to a fog upon marshlands at the tail end of a desolate autumn. Every other song generally falls into some variation on this format, though "Seraphim Is Dead" also carries a rather impressive guitar solo section in its middle that is definitely a rarity for this take on the style.
While not the most attention grabbing and spellbinding of albums in this mold, this is something that can and probably has appealed to fans of longer, drawn out black metal songsters with a smattering of ambient influences such as Fen and Agalloch, though this is a little bit slick and polished compared to them.Secrets of the Moon - Antithesis review: Released in September of , Antithesis as an album is the most patient and complex composition Secrets of the Moon has ever done; like a fine wine, a person taking in this strange little disc must patiently savor the blackened groove on offer here.
Antithesis Secrets of the Moon. Write your own review. Trails off in the darkened midst. - 71% but among the more blatant examples of it is a German outfit by the name of Secrets Of The Moon that often times defies the very concept of its own professed genre.
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CDs & Vinyl › Hard Rock & Metal › Death Metal Format: Audio CD. Music Reviews: Antithesis by Secrets of the Moon released in via Lupus Lounge. Secrets of the Moon discography and songs: Music profile for Secrets of the Moon, formed Genres: Black Metal, Atmospheric Black Metal, Gothic Metal.
Albums include Antithesis, Seven Bells, and Privilegivm. Antithesis, an Album by Secrets of the Moon.
Released September 15, on (catalog no. wolf ; CD). Genres: Black Metal. Rated # in the best albums of