Immortal
Diabolical Fullmoon Mysticism


4.0
excellent

Review

by Nate B. USER (13 Reviews)
May 5th, 2009 | 121 replies


Release Date: 1992 | Tracklist


1992 was a big year for Norwegian black metal. Darkthrone’s classic A Blaze in the Northern Sky, Emperor’s Wrath of the Tyrant demo, Burzum’s self-titled debut, and of course Immortal’s landmark release Diabolical Fullmoon Mysticism were all unleashed upon the unassuming ears of alienated teenagers everywhere. Before the notoriety associated with the Norwegian black metal scene regarding arson, murder, and suicide was built up, Immortal’s grim & frostbitten anthems were taking the metal underground by storm. By avoiding drama and never taking themselves too seriously, Immortal carved out their own sound and niche and quickly established themselves as a household name in the black metal scene.

Immortal didn’t really break the rules here like they did with the fluidic, off-time melodies on their subsequent album Pure Holocaust. Instead, they took what black metal already had to offer and advanced it; made it more complete. Bleak, trance-inducing melodies spiral about in contrast with triumphant Bathory-like rhythms and acoustic breaks varying in length to conjure images of snowy mountains in the distance on a moonlit night. There is a strong sense of journey here; like that of a hopeless winter trek towards an almost unachievable goal. I can feel the depression that is brought about by the long, cold, dark Norwegian winter while listening to this, if that’s any testament to Immortal’s effectiveness in getting their point across.

Instruments mesh into a micro-symphony for each song; no one musician goes off in his own direction but instead chooses to remain a part of the unified whole. Solos are never overly showy and compliment the narrative of each song with a smooth melodic overlay instead of being sections devoted to showing off. The granular production only helps the album. Guitars are fuzzy and pushed back in the mix but remain clear while the bass carries the low end nicely. Drumming is fairly basic black metal drumming, alternating beats to match the rhythmic velocity and texture of the riffs and to drive the pieces forward.

Though Abbath & co. really came into their own with their unique wintry guitar textures on their subsequent album Pure Holocaust, the stripped-down yet varied architecture of Diabolical Fullmoon Mysticism is epic and adventurous on its own terms. This album should not be overlooked by anyone interested in black metal not just for its historical significance, but also for its sheer quality.



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plutosatanclubhouse
May 5th 2009


142 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

satan

absurdismwine
May 5th 2009


304 Comments


this shit makes me lul pretty hard

easylee
May 5th 2009


80 Comments


they drive scions

BallsToTheWall
May 5th 2009


44607 Comments


I see Immortal records all the time, well every now and then but really have no interest in buying any of them.

Digging: Mare Cognitum - Phobos Monolith

fireaboveicebelow
May 5th 2009


6837 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

dont get this one

illmitch
May 5th 2009


5429 Comments


dont get any of them

Hawks
May 5th 2009


35838 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Pretty good review. And fuck you guys, this album rules, just like the rest of Immortal's albums.

plutosatanclubhouse
May 5th 2009


142 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

they drive scions
I bet

I see Immortal records all the time, well every now and then but really have no interest in buying any of them.
time to change that methinks


illmitch
May 5th 2009


5429 Comments


god theyre so bad i dont see how anybody can unironically like them

Hawks
May 5th 2009


35838 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Probably because they're one of the best black metal bands to ever walk the earth. That might be why people would like them.

plutosatanclubhouse
May 5th 2009


142 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

have you heard pure holocaust? i don't see how anyone with decent taste in black metal could dismiss that album for anything but its cover.

illmitch
May 5th 2009


5429 Comments


if you say so bro

Hawks
May 5th 2009


35838 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

The only album by Immortal that isn't fucking great is Blizzard Beasts. The rest are all fantastic.

illmitch
May 5th 2009


5429 Comments


im plenty familiar with immortals discography. i just find it repetitive and pretty boring.

fireaboveicebelow
May 5th 2009


6837 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

then you probably don't like good black metal

plutosatanclubhouse
May 5th 2009


142 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I think they took a considerable dip in quality after Pure Holocaust.

At the Heart of Winter is OK with lots of great riffs but the songs themselves are boring and have no direction. The rest do nothing for me at all.

Hawks
May 5th 2009


35838 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

then you probably don't like good black metal

Yeah you have something wrong with you if you think that either At the Heart of Winter or Sons of Northern Darkness is boring or repetitive.This Message Edited On 05.05.09

plutosatanclubhouse
May 5th 2009


142 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

there's nothing wrong with people having their own opinions

Hawks
May 5th 2009


35838 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Very true, but theres nothing wrong with thinking he's crazy either.

illmitch
May 5th 2009


5429 Comments


im just too elite and kvlt



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