Aeternus
Beyond the Wandering Moon


4.0
excellent

Review

by Athom EMERITUS
February 13th, 2009 | 35 replies


Release Date: 1997 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Beyond The Wandering Moon is an often overlooked gem of 90's Black Metal.

A couple weeks ago, two of my friends told me that they were planning a summer trip to Norway and that in preparation for their trip they wanted to get in tune with some of the country's cultural offerings. As the conversation progressed, one of them exclaimed in disgust, "Ugh... There's so much metal." The next day I presented him with a slew of my favorite Norwegian metal albums. Along with the obvious choices from the likes of Ulver, Emperor, Burzum and Enslaved, I made sure to include Aeternus' Beyond The Wandering Moon.

Aeternus formed in 1993 in the midst of the Bergen Black Metal scene. Led by guitarist/vocalist Ares, Aeternus' first attempt at treading the frigid ocean of Norwegian metal was their 1995 debut Dark Sorcery. Two years later they built upon Dark Sorcery's brooding Black Metal with 1997's Beyond The Wandering Moon. Combining the doomish folk/death of Amorphis' Tales From the Thousand Lakes with with the epic Black Metal sounds of Ulver, Beyond The Wandering Moon is a stunning piece of 90's Black Metal that is tragically over looked.

Beyond The Wandering Moon is ushered in with the melancholy instrumental piece Under the Blade of the Dead. The eerie piano and morose synth swells are the musical equivalent of gothic horror as it pulls hard on the heartstrings while creating a paralyzing atmosphere of fear. As Under the Blade of the Dead subsides the droning sound of classic Black Metal fuzz steps into light and soon erupts into the blistering drum intro of Sworn Revenge. Sworn Revenge is Aeternus at their best. To the average listener it may appear to be nothing but pounding drums engulfed in a smoggy haze of distortion but a look deeper reveals not only the mournful tremolo picking that is expected with the genre, but majestic leads and medieval riffing all routed by Ares' thundering death vocals. Aeternus are more than just another folksy Black Metal band though. Vind and Waiting For The Storms display that they have a mastery of the bleak and raw side of the genre as well. Tourmented shrieks and punishing growls meld seamlessly with lightning fast blast beats, buzz-saw tremolo picking and the downright nasty production already used through out Beyond The Wandering Moon. These two sides come together flawlessly two create a beast of an album that ebbs and flows like taking a raft down a roaring river. The folksier moments carry like wide open expanses of peaceful, crystal clear water right before you get thrown into the cascading violence of the white water of some of the best Black Metal the 90's has to offer. It truly is a magnificent ride.

Aeternus' Beyond The Wandering Moon is an absolute gem of a Black Metal album that unfortunately gets looked over by the masses time and time again. While it may not be as well known as In The Nightside Eclipse or The Somberlain, that doesn't mean that it can't hold its own with the big boys.



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BallsToTheWall
February 13th 2009


49872 Comments


Good review. Anytime I go to an F.Y.E, two specifcally, I alsways see a smorgasbord of Aeternus records there. I am quite positive this is one of the ones i've seen. 6.99, mind as well buy it next time I go back.

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Athom
Emeritus
February 13th 2009


17242 Comments


Thanks balls,
you'd probably really dig this.This Message Edited On 02.13.09

Mendigo
February 13th 2009


2299 Comments


sounds like a great album.

Gontificator
February 13th 2009


17 Comments


sounds cool.here's a pos

illmitch
February 14th 2009


5511 Comments


Sounds interesting, looking this up on youtube

rasputin
February 14th 2009


14968 Comments


I have And So The Night Became, and it's all right.

Pebster49
February 14th 2009


3023 Comments


This album is pretty good

Zoo
February 14th 2009


3759 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I love Aeternus. Nothing they have released was worse than decent.

AngelofDeath
Emeritus
February 14th 2009


16276 Comments


Eh, I listened to this a while back and thought it was fairly mediocre. I did buy a poster of the album art off ebay, though, because it was too badass.

illmitch
February 14th 2009


5511 Comments


yeah from what i've heard this is pretty good but nothing amazing.

Wizard
February 14th 2009


20234 Comments


As the conversation progressed, one of them exclaimed in disgust, "Ugh...


Tell your friends to stop listening to pussy indie shit hahaha.

Always a pleasure to read your reviews (except for your In Flames reviews hahaha). You absolutely have me on this one!

Athom
Emeritus
February 14th 2009


17242 Comments


lol. Thanks Wizard!

Hawks
February 14th 2009


73729 Comments


Really good review. This sounds fucking awesome.

Wizard
February 14th 2009


20234 Comments


Yeah, these guys sound pretty good from a few samples I've heard. Made me horny for some black metal.

TricksterGRex
February 14th 2009


2087 Comments


Bonerific

BallsToTheWall
February 14th 2009


49872 Comments


Taking my lingo eh, Rex?

TricksterGRex
February 14th 2009


2087 Comments


I don't see a trademark anywhere.

BallsToTheWall
February 14th 2009


49872 Comments


Bonerific is the mark of a elitist. If you are an elitist you will be able to use it free of charge. Are you...TricksterGRex... an Elitist?

TricksterGRex
February 14th 2009


2087 Comments


Well everything that isn't Ulver sucks a huge amount of dick.

Wizard
February 14th 2009


20234 Comments


Ohhhh that makes you so elitist.

Balls, your obsession with being elitist kind of makes you not an elitist. Someone who wants to be an unconformist is a conformist. Get it?



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