04 March 2014


Rarely does a black metal recording completely consume me as this one does. More concise than 2010's debut Toplov, the second release from Los Angeles solo outfit MOONKNIGHT takes calculated detours into fuzzed out drones before crashing repeatedly into walls of guitars distorted to white drone status and vocals that reek of despair. Moments like the guitars two-thirds of through "Thyrsgreiden" give a glimpse into the insular world being created, an all encompassing swarm blasted through the prism of emotion by despondent and relentless primitive metal. "The Translucent Path" closes the release, an almost 8 minute electronic exercise that (hopefully) segues into a future chapter from MOONKNIGHT. You will find nothing approaching closure from this track or from Legeia as a whole, just longing.

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