Crimson Moonlight
Veil of Remembrance


4.0
excellent

Review

by Mike Stagno EMERITUS
January 6th, 2007 | 30 replies | 15,195 views


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist


Christian black metal. Three words you'd think that would never appear in that order. I'm not sure how many bands unite under such a banner, but whether there are several dozen or four of these groups, it still seems like quite a strange, possibly gimmicky project to undertake. But I'm here to judge the album, not the religious ideals of the music style. Crimson Moonlight is one of the band's who employs this variety of black metal, and unsurprisingly, it's not a whole lot different from the other artists of the extreme variation of metal (though with a slight melodic edge). While originally they were to record but one demo and play one show before breaking up, the Crimson Moonlight ended up surviving for much longer. Within the last eight (nine come this summer) years the Swedish black metallers have recorded and released eight releases, two of which are studio albums. Both their 2003 effort, The Covenant Progress, and their latest studio offering, 2005's Veil of Remembrance have been fairly successful, as they have earned several encouragingly positive reviews.

With Veil of Remembrance, Crimson Moonlight changes their musical direction. While the band's debut offering took a melodic black metal approach, their second introduced more of a black/death metal direction. The mixing of the melodic black metal sound of old and the new brutal death metal influence produces an unsurprisingly enjoyable 43 minute collection of nine mid-length tracks. Crimson Moonlight puts forth a very concentrated, yet frenzied assault upon the listener with each of the members taking an important role in the progression of the music. As one would expect from an extreme metal band, the guitars standout among all else in the mix. Guitarists Per Sundberg and Jonas Arvidsson (as well as current DivineFire guitarist Jani Stefanovic on songs two and nine) record countless mind numbingly infectious riffs. The relentless, rabid-fire techniques which Crimson Moonlight's guitarists employ maintain a heavy, in your face presence throughout the record. But while they play a large role in the musical direction of the band, the guitars aren't the only element high in the mix on Veil of Remembrance. Both the brutal drumming of drummer, Gustav, and the harsh growls and screams of the band's frontman, Pilgrim plays an important role as well. The drumming is fairly standard for the genre, yet it's quite difficult not to enjoy the chaotic blast beats which run wild throughout the album. But the insane speed that Gustav plays at is not the most important quality which the drumming offers. For the drummer's ability to keep the music flowing and provide a steady, consistent rhythm is more important to the overall excellence of the music, and Gustav definitely accomplishes this task. The inhumane grunts of Pilgrim are also an effective part of the band's sound. Though they do not exactly deliver Crimson Moonlight's message as well as some of the other Christian bands, they do live up to the brutality of the drumming and guitar interplay. Similarly to the drumming, Pilgrim's powerful screams do not take a backseat to the guitars, but in a way, act as its own instrument filling in the void created by the unfortunate lack of audible bass. Each of these elements are essential to Crimson Moonlight's sound, and luckily they all manage to enhance the band's sound.

Lyrically, the band doesn't try to hide their beliefs. In one way or another, each track returns to the idea that hope and faith is stronger than the pain one feels on earth. The band alludes to this belief several times during the album, be it through album art or the lyrics themselves. Lines such as "Oh, there was heard a familiar sound / The signal of the end of the night / Indicating a recollection was born / Springtime approaching in all its glorious beauty" or "My way went on into wilderness / Along the well-known path called Confusion... / After a dark night I approached the big gate / though I was astonished when I saw that it was more than a gate" reveal the Swedes' personal beliefs, yet at the same time, manage not to sound preachy. Personally, I can't really say that I'm a fan of the band's writing, but I suppose the poetic technique that both Pilgrim and Gustav make use of is fairly decent.

With 2005's excellent Veil of Remembrance, Crimson Moonlight shows that they have the potential to do very well in the extreme metal field. Though Christian black metal might not be your thing (not tr00 or gr1mm enough…whatever), it should not stop you from checking Veil of Remembrance, which remains an excellent offering from the young band. Though perhaps not the most original of bands, Crimson Moonlight's combination of black and death metal should prove to be a hit with fans of both genres, as the musicianship and song writing that makes up this hybrid of extreme metal styles is quite superb. Get this if you have the chance.

Recommended Tracks:
Intimations of Everlasting Constancy
My Grief, My Remembrance
Reflections Upon The Distress And Agony Of Faith
Embraced By the Beauty of Cold



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Mikesn
Emeritus
January 6th 2007



3709 Comments


This review took far too long to write and was very difficult.This Message Edited On 01.06.07

south_of_heaven 11
January 6th 2007



5433 Comments


Christian black metal

WTF
Anywho, good review. I guess I should look into this if I want more Black Metal...but it's Christian? Wow. Never thought I'd see Christian Black Metal...

Mikesn
Emeritus
January 6th 2007



3709 Comments


Hahaha, thats what I thought when I first saw them.

Intransit
January 6th 2007



2797 Comments


Good review. I might check this out as I've been quite enjoying Black Metal lately.

ToWhatEnd
January 6th 2007



3172 Comments


[quote=canyoneer]Good review. I might check this out as I've been quite enjoying Black Metal lately.

Digging: Taking Back Sunday - Louder Now[/quote]

lawl, *couldn't resist*

ToWhatEnd
January 6th 2007



3172 Comments


[quote=review]reveal the Swedes' personal beliefs, yet at the same time, manage not to sound preachy.[/quote] I used this exact same line in my Destroy The Runner review almost. Bands that do that are just so much more enjoyable than, oh say early underOATH yes?

Mikesn
Emeritus
January 6th 2007



3709 Comments


Oh shit, really? I could change it if you want.

I haven't heard early Underoath (or any Underoath for that matter), but I'm not too fond of preachy bands either.

ToWhatEnd
January 6th 2007



3172 Comments


On no I wasn't trying be be a nag at all, sorry for coming off that way. I was just saying how awesome it is when bands can do that, aka agreeing with your last sentence.

Mikesn
Emeritus
January 6th 2007



3709 Comments


I see, I see.

Yeah, it's always nice when a band does something like that. I'm not sure I listen to many who don't, except maybe Ministry.This Message Edited On 01.06.07

Tyler
Emeritus
January 6th 2007



7926 Comments


Early UnderOath can be hilarious when he starts screaming I LOVE YOU JESUS or whatever it was.

Tyler
Emeritus
January 7th 2007



7926 Comments


It's mostly predictable and even more so pretty stagnant. You dont have to be afraid to say it.

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
January 7th 2007



17920 Comments


black metal hasn't been good since 1994

jrowa001
January 7th 2007



8750 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i just downloaded some of this from a Christian Metal torrent but havent checked it out yet. i will as soon as possible

jrowa001
January 7th 2007



8750 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

oh yeah if you like this check out this other christian black metal band, Frost Like Ashes

Mikesn
Emeritus
January 7th 2007



3709 Comments


I suppose I will when I get the chance.

Dethtrasher
January 8th 2007



2211 Comments


''Christian Black-Metal'' = Dumbest thing I have ever heard in the termes of metal. Does this sound similar to Torchbearer?

Mikesn
Emeritus
January 8th 2007



3709 Comments


Yeah, it sort of does I suppose. I prefer Torchbearer though.

Dethtrasher
January 8th 2007



2211 Comments


Hmm, I might look into this after all, thanks for letting me know.

jrowa001
April 8th 2007



8750 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

hey mikesn, can you send me this, i cant find it....i want to hear it all b4 i buy. i have only a couple tracks and its pretty good. my email is jrowa001@ucr.edu

The Sludge
July 29th 2007



2169 Comments


Hmm, I've been trying to get ahold of some more death/black metal with a Christian edge (the only kind I'll let myself listen to). Mortal Treason and Paramaecium is basically all I got so I'll look more into this.



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