Secrets of the Moon
Privilegivm


4.0
excellent

Review

by fireaboveicebelow USER (108 Reviews)
October 28th, 2009 | 16 replies | 6,201 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist


6 of 6 thought this review was well written

From a pure standpoint of a composer, Privilegivm is a fantastic example of taking relatively simple music and transforming it into something far more than you would expect. Secrets Of The Moon are a doomy, occult black metal band from Germany and have remained in the shadows their whole career. However this may be the record that brings them from the deep underground to more honorable heights due to its mastery of black atmosphere and overall unity, both of which play massive roles in the album’s impact.

Privilegivm is not held back by the genre’s standards of blast beats, simple structures, and Satanism. It’s almost progressive in its arrangement, not just because of the longer song lengths but because it includes outside influences only sparingly as to merely enhance the ambience and then it discards the idea to move on to another. However, even though it does this to keep from being repetitive, there still are returning components as far as compositional pieces goes, which helps the record preserve its identity as a single thought. In Sulphur alone you can hear fist-pumping sections, doom-inspired interludes, a lack of structure, and a traditional black metal chorus for the outro. You could say it’s not fair to simply label this band as black metal because they do in fact do many other things with their songs. An attention to detail is also apparent: In Black Halo, there’s a part where you suddenly hear a crowd cheer, the very select shouting vocals in Sulphur, just the crescendo of the drummer’s parts throughout the record, or the sporadic instances where some of the backing vocals are very “dead” sounding for a surprisingly, yet delicately awe-inspiring effect. The collections of these minute alterations to the songs enhance the impact to a significant degree that further brings the record to a new level above its contemporaries. It’s executed very professionally, and if you’ve ever seen the band live you can feel how in tune the members are with each other, giving the atmosphere an even darker and intense turn due to such unity.

Privilegivm succeeds in a unique manner where passion for the concept of the music is the pulsation of this band. From the intensity of For They Know Not to the drone-inspired Descent to the unexpected clean, yet dirty, vocals on Shepherd (let alone the first appearance of strings and solos), the band gives so much for the listener to experience amongst its interconnected discrepancies. Even the lyrics play a subtle role if you understand their meanings/references (this may take a bit of research on most people’s part). Anyone looking for another Darkthrone should ignore this, but anyone looking for the advancement of bleak, blackened, and inspired metal need look no further.



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KILL3
October 28th 2009



601 Comments


nice review

Nagrarok
October 28th 2009



7956 Comments


It's a positive one!

Gyromania
October 28th 2009



14647 Comments


going to bed my ass

Gyromania
October 28th 2009



14647 Comments


Great review by the way, clear and concise. pos.

jingledeath
October 28th 2009



7104 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

excellent album and review

Willie
Moderator
October 28th 2009



15774 Comments


See, this seems a lot less rushed (I mean it's really good). I'm still not sure why the negative ones seem... whatever, this was good have a pos and I'm adding this album to my list.

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PoetandthePendulum2
October 28th 2009



16 Comments


Woot a positive review. Probably won't check this out though.

ameypv
October 28th 2009



807 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

looks good.checking em out asap

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
October 28th 2009



15988 Comments


I was just wondering about this band a few days ago, debating whether to get this album. Will do now, nice work.

Digging: Tiamat - Wildhoney

fireaboveicebelow
October 28th 2009



6837 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thank you everyone

KILL3
October 28th 2009



601 Comments


howcome theres no negs like ur other reviews

Phantom
October 28th 2009



8930 Comments


Still need to get this

good review

ameypv
October 30th 2009



807 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

super album.great review

Willie
Moderator
November 3rd 2009



15774 Comments


So I checked it out. Great album.

Bullitt
December 16th 2009



1666 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I really like this album, there is just so much to hear on it.

darkwargreymon
April 8th 2012



188 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Love your review, and love the album.



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