A 10 rating for a CD, for me, means that It’s one of those” CDs. It’s something you find yourself coming back to over and over again. It’s one of those albums you recommend to all your friends. It’s something that makes you a rabid fan. It’s not a rating to be given lightly and I Don’t expect I’ll ever give out more than a handful. It’s just too hard to be that good.
But this band is that good. And you know what? This is the best black metal CD ever made.
There I said it. Now before you get all mad at me for dissing your favorite black metal band hear me out.
I didn’t used to like black metal. Period. None of it. I couldn’t find much to like. But then a friend of mine told me about these guys and since we usually share the same tastes I checked them out. Since then I’ve liked black metal a lot more but this CD is still at the top of the heap for me.
The vocals from our friend Pilgrim range from a killer black metal scream to some deeper death metal grunts all of which fit the mood perfectly. Gustav is a madman on drums. He rockets ahead like Speed Racer and dares the guitars to keep up. Which they do very nicely.
Let me throw in an aside here; in most black metal the mixing is a huge problem. The drums could be good but they’re so smashed up in the guitar and muddied down with the bass that nobody can tell. Many times the singer just doesn’t seem to care where the rest of the band is going. He’s just doing his own thing. I understand this is kind of the way black metal “is” but I Don’t like it.
But this Swedish quartet mixes everything together perfectly. The vocals fit perfectly with the guitar breakdowns and the insane drumming. Quality production is not overproduction as Crimson Moonlight knows full well but production is necessary if you Don’t want to sound like you recorded your CD with a tape recorder in your parent’s basement.
From the brain-crushing “Intimations of Everlasting Constancy” to the catchy “Reflections Upon the Distress and Agony of Faith” Crimson Moonlight has created a timeless masterpiece for you and your family to enjoy!
Oh and a final note. I’m not even going to bother with the whole “how can black metal be Christian” argument; It’s such a ridiculous point with Crimson Moonlight. I’ll go ahead and toss a few lyrical selections in here for you though.
from “Embraced by the beauty of Cold
I arrived at a crossroad with two golden gates.
Who built them there?
What was Remembrance in this?
I am struck by their temptation
the inviting power which attracts my innermost thoughts.
Stunned by this powerful experience
and grateful for it I remain hesitantly at the crossroads.
Which path is my way?
Which gate is the opening to the life I wanted?
Oh Jesus Christ… I seek Thy Divine wisdom
I bow before Thy advice…
May Thy hand lead a wavering heart
May Thy word be a torch on my path…