Midnight Odyssey
Biolume Part 3 - A Fullmoon Madness


4.5
superb

Review

by Melodeth USER (18 Reviews)
November 29th, 2023 | 27 replies


Release Date: 11/24/2023 | Tracklist

Review Summary: There’s epics, and then there’s Midnight Odyssey

The Midnight Odyssey project, helmed by Australian desert recluse/mastermind Dis Pater is back, with the final instalment of the “Biolume” trilogy of albums. Part 3 “A Fullmoon Madness” is finally here and true to expectations, it seeks to explore the far reaches of the black metal cosmos.

Suffice to say Part 1 of the “Biolume” trilogy “In Tartarean Chains” was an unheralded masterpiece of atmospheric black metal with all the hallmarks of sonic evil and intrigue that keeps black metal fresh and innovative. “Biolume” Part 2 “The Golden Orb” was an equally smouldering monolith and has led to this Part 3, the final chapter.

“A Fullmoon Madness” starts with being freed from the Tartarean Chains and embarking on a new quest with a grand cinematic launch. “As Darkness Dims the Fire” has an extended introduction as is expected in a triple LP release. The build-up lends to an epic soundtrack, the first of many in this recording.

The music is principally heavy synths over tremolo picking guitars and alien drumming. What stands it apart from like recordings is the trademark melodies, which is what makes Midnight Odyssey the incredible black metal machine they are renown for. Put simply, no-one does these eerie melodies better.

Critics of this release might point to its 2 hour length but runtime is irrelevant if quantity is not at the expense of quality.

What’s more important is the art in the compositions. There’s brooding when necessary, urgency when necessary. Ambience in parts proportionate to blast beats in a piece where variety is not uneven to consistency. On this point, the album is remarkably consistent over the runtime and continually provides highlights, regardless of the order of track listening.

Like the cosmos, “A Fullmoon Madness” is not meant to be fully understood. The concept detail escapes me but I listen to this style not for the lyrical content but for the atmosphere created here by the multitude of instruments drawn upon, the heavy synths used and the clean and harsh vocals, all brought together by an immaculate mix. The atmosphere subsequently is palpable and is the embodiment of a black metal sci-fi feature film. “A Fullmoon Madness” proves to be an intelligent and inspired work evoking luminaries Limbonic Art and Summoning and peers Paysage d’Hiver and Esoctrilihum.

The title track is but one of the stellar songs on offer and in terms of the peaks of the album, I point towards “The Horned Goddess” which is intoxicating, the following “Witching Eyes” which needles through space and the massive "In The Lunar Maelstrom".

Dis Pater has outdone himself here and produced an imposing 2 hours of symphonic black metal with melodic doom sewn in that stands heads and shoulders above other like projects and if you enjoy synths in metal, this is a must listen.



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Muzz79
November 29th 2023


2925 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Could be a 5. Time will tell

NightOnDrunkMountain
November 29th 2023


507 Comments


Haven't listened to this yet but I should

DungeonBoy
November 29th 2023


9666 Comments


Dear god, 2 hours?

NightOnDrunkMountain
November 29th 2023


507 Comments


Scorsese of music albums

Kusangii
November 29th 2023


6158 Comments


That's a sick art work

Hyperion1001
Emeritus
November 29th 2023


25494 Comments


is this better or worse than dimmu borgir

DungeonBoy
November 29th 2023


9666 Comments


like the sum of Dimmu Borgir's career? maybe...

Muzz79
November 29th 2023


2925 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I’ve been obsessed with this since it dropped last Friday and listened to it over and over but not all in one sitting. I don’t think you can, it’s too monstrous. But honing in on a song and then moving on to another works for me.

I absolutely love Biolume 1 and 2, especially 1 but this surpasses those two.

There’s hints of 90’s Dimmu Borgir synths in a couple of tracks but apart from that it’s incomparable to Dimmu Borgir.

Hyperion1001
Emeritus
November 29th 2023


25494 Comments


so not as good, got it.

Dewinged
Staff Reviewer
November 29th 2023


31825 Comments


You're a warrior for tanking this to review it Muzz, well done. I didn't have the patience to go past the first track. It wasn't the album though, it was the mood and the setting, will get to it eventually.

Muzz79
November 30th 2023


2925 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks Dewi. Was eyeing if off for a while but was put off like everyone else at the 2 hours. I only started with the first track too at the very beginning but the other songs are even better and now I can’t listen to anything else. It’s def worth exploring track by track over my summer and your winter

Pikazilla
November 30th 2023


29004 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

three awesome bm albums in one week wtf

Hawks
November 30th 2023


84800 Comments


Gonna jam this now. M///

Muzz79
November 30th 2023


2925 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah I’ve heard the rime of memory once through and it’s damn good. What’s the other one?

Get on this hawks. Not all in one sitting maybe a few tracks here and there to start shit rules

necropig
November 30th 2023


7368 Comments


What are the other 2 pika, so I can make sure not missing out

Edit, nm I assume it's valdrin and panopticon

Muzz79
November 30th 2023


2925 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Varathron too worth checking. Certainly too early for endofyear lists

Hawks
December 1st 2023


84800 Comments


Yeah I'm probably gonna do my list right after Christmas.

Pikazilla
December 1st 2023


29004 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

'Edit, nm I assume it's valdrin and panopticon'



yes, fam

Muzz79
December 2nd 2023


2925 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Nice pika. We do agree on a lot even if we don’t agree on a lot

Azazzel
December 20th 2023


937 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I've got more than a few full play listens under my belt and anticipate enjoying more in the future, an easy 4.5 if not future 5. The perfunctory "tr-iffs" and metulz are here but as an interstellar engine charting the cosmic firmament and it's wonderous sights, superseded in the mind's ear by tempered swelling synth motifs and plucked string reprisals in the classical mode gracefully pirouetting ad astra infinitum on rousing melodic thermals of choral crooning paeans flaming the spacious methodical maelstrom into a celestial grandeur where playful 70s-prog space-opera leads dance in harmony with the spheres on the head of a pin rather than cathartic titillating crescendo. The work sings in a harmonious heavenly register of the spheres where metal's raw emotions of terrestrial negativity cannot reach, transmuted into awed lunar hymns.

track rec for the uninitiated: 'As Darkness Dims the Fire' + 'A Fullmoon Madness'



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