MOOON XVIII - DAI-ICHI / LAMP OF MURMUUR "Virgin Womb of Eternal Black Terror" Digipak CD
From parts unknown (though aesthetics point to Japan), dai-ichi's brand of harsh, uncompromising black metal presents itself in a minimal, bludgeoning manner. Riffs are king here and ideas flow out one after another in disjointed bliss. You don’t need to think when listening to dai-ichi. Their expressionistic dynamic is pure lizard-brain, gut-punching mania. Given the band’s stance on not providing any statements, one must wonder what this band’s process is, or at least how they maintain control over their uninhibited music with such relaxed mastery. Should black metal have a personality, dai-ichi would undoubtedly be the id: unbridled and animalistic.
Lamp of Murmuur’s take on black metal activates a different part of the brain. Though just as ferocious as his split partners, Lamp of Murmuur offers something more complex; a perfect foil to dai-ichi’s unrestrained anger. Though Lamp of Murmuur’s chops are undeniable and previously presented on previous releases, it is incredible to see the level of musicianship found within. The mysterious M. has previously lifted the veil on his process, the fact that this music is partially improvised (or at least “automatic”) makes the lore built around this project all the more compelling. Listen to a pre-release stream of Lamp of Murmuur’s "Curse of Silent Thunder" from their split with dai-ichi below.
Though both are examples of raw black metal, the dai-ichi and Lamp of Murmuur split offers a multifaceted view of this increasingly popular style. Through dai-ichi’s controlled-but-manic pummel and Lamp of Murmuur’s honed improvisation and careful construction raw black metal reveals its many, varying faces.
Text by The Call of the Night - http://thecallofthenight.com/
Co-released with Bile Noire.
DAI-ICHI - "Pesuto No Jidai No Ai"
LAMP OF MURMUUR - "Curse Of Silent Thunder"
MOON XVII - V/A - Devastators of the Suns (A Tribute to KATHARSIS) Digipak CD
Features LVTHN, Nexul, Shrine of Insanabilis, The Order of Apollyon, Velo Misere, Black Fucking Cancer, Délirant, Balmog, The Reptilian Session, Veter Daemonaz and Acedia Mundi.
Limited edition on Digipak CD. Co-released with Bile Noire.
MOON XVI - BORDA'S ROPE "Monument to the Fading Tides" CD
Demo compilation including "Across the Black Deltaruin", "Roan's Fury Amid Shimmering Tides", "The Lavronic Stone Beneath" and the tracks from the split w/ Geheimnisvoll.
BORDA'S ROPE - "Monument to the Fading Tides"
Sold out releases:
MOON XV - LAMPIR "Awaiting the Predatory Dreamscape" CD
MOON XIV - BAŠMU "VVitchblood" CD
Indeed, it's not uncharitable to liken Xülthys to the works of Vordb Dréagvor Uèzréèvb, the insanely prolific deviant of France's infamous Black Legions. As such, Bašmu mines equally chilling - and equally stratifying - territory, travelling from dungeonic violence up above to lost-in-the-forest ambience. Originally released in 2017 but only on cassette tape, VVitchblood arguably plunged deepest into this treacherous terrain and most definitely with the most unorthodoxy. Undeniably raw, there exists a concertedly detailed soundfield utilizing, paradoxically, the sparsest palette. Each note is where it needs to be, hovering and anguished and unearthly, and others comes in when ready and melt into further reverberations. Xülthys spares no weapon in his quest for medieval ruination and rancor; FX pedals are applied liberally to guitars and vocals, malforming both into new (and more horrifying) manifestations, while the synth/organ work here will unnerve even the steeliest of constitutions. VVitchblood undoubtedly bears strong resemblance to black metal "back in the day," but its atonal 'n' atagonistic aspect puts it into a realm all its own...and one perpendicular (rather than parallel) to other nowadays raw black metal.
Bašmu is Xülthys's muse alone, and we can only guess at what haunts his soul. Lunar Apparitions is honored to resurrect VVitchblood from those dungeonic depths and ruin your day with its long-overdue CD release.
CD limited to 150 copies.
Listen: BAŠMU - "The Crooked Wand of the Ophidian Craft"
MOON XIII - MALUS VOTUM "Tradition" Digipak CD
Whereas so much nowadays USBM tends toward either bestial or "post" iterations - one unremittingly savage (and sometimes overly so), the other impure or at least betraying black metal's ancient aims - MALUS VOTUM effortlessly create a windswept mysticism that's pure second-wave classicism at its very best. To enter the four-song/34-minute Tradition is to enter a snow-covered forest, a lonely castle keep, and foggy seascape alike, so evocatively ethereal is their atmospheric surge. Likewise, the duo's cascading melodicism betrays no small amount of darkness and drama, their execution as passionate as it is possessed; each engaging moment of Tradition is truly played by actual humans rather than crap drum-machines and too many FX pedals. But, like the very best black metal, MALUS VOTUM transcend the physical, the corporeal, the earthly, and turn their gaze to the cosmos and the Beyond: Tradition thus seeks an experience of spiritual/metaphysical means.
MALUS VOTUM offer you the keys to their cosmic creations and times - will you unlock this Tradition?
Limited to 100 copies.
Listen: MALUS VOTUM - "Tradition"
MOON XII - AIWĪGAZ UNÐERGANGAZ / MÚSPELLZHEIMR "Split" Digipak MCD
Digipak limited to 150 copies.
Listen: AIWĪGAZ UNÐERGANGAZ / MÚSPELLZHEIMR - "Split"
MOON XI - MÚSPELLZHEIMR "Hyldest Til Trolddommens Flamme/Demo Compilation" 2CD
MÚSPELLZHEIMR are the new, blurred-out face of Denmark's fast-rising black metal scene. Only the purest and most traditional black metal is utilized within this idiom; however, the band's vision - and those of their close comrades - is boundless, thus making the "old" new and vice versa, like the ouroboros forever devouring its tail. MÚSPELLZHEIMR's majestic, mystical black metal is much like that: starkly vast, circular, hypnotic, buried deeply in the abyss, both in the physical and spiritual senses.
Originally released in 2015, "Hyldest til Trolddommens Flamme" was MÚSPELLZHEIMR's bolt-from-the-blue full-length debut, a veritable Ground Zero for this exciting development within black metal's deepest underground (and which largely revolves around the Afgrundsvisioner nebula of predominantly Danish and Swedish artists). Immediately instilling austerity and iciness but soon burning hot with a passion and poignancy that's blanching to behold, "Hyldest til Trolddommens Flamme" is a dizzying yet feverishly melodic rumination on the mysteries of nature and the beyond. Its frequent detours into placid, acoustic-led territory is forever haunting, as well as the band's overall grasp of dynamics: truly, this is the work of actual humans who play as a band rather than the sterile cut 'n' paste (or worse) of so much nowadays "black metal"; paradoxically, this decidedly "un-human" human touch is refreshingly life-affirming whilst losing none of black metal's core misanthropy. At 42 time-evaporating minutes, the album hovers and then smothers - truly, an experience that eternally etched MÚSPELLZHEIMR's name into modern legendry.
Released earlier this year by Afgrundsvisioner but only digitally, the equally lengthy "Demo Compilation" includes three incrementally rawer iterations of "Hyldest til Trolddommens Flamme" tracks as well as two raw iterations from MÚSPELLZHEIMR's third album, "Raukn". Fervent fans from the beginning, LUNAR APPARITIONS is honored to bring together these two works on 2CD format, giving a timely glimpse into past, present, and future.
Double CD co-released with Amor Fati.
Listen: MÜSPELLZHEIMR - "Hyldest til Trolddommens Flamme / Demo Compilation"
MOON X - FLEŠŠ "Frenzied Bloodlust Underneath a Black Moon" A5 Digipak CD
Following the 2017 release of its debut demo, "Volume I", did FLEŠŠ unleash the staggering debut album, "Frenzied Bloodlust Underneath a Black Moon", on limited cassette and then vinyl. While its influences remain intact - namely the French Black Legions, but also Countess, Yamatu, Stíny Plamenů, and especially early Black Funeral - here One Entity malforms that foul foundation further, slashing at its desiccated skin in an almost improvisational manner. To say these two, double-digit tracks are "tense" and "unsettling" is an understatement of grand proportions.
Primitive, pissed off, proudly underground: FLEŠŠ "Frenzied Bloodlust Underneath a Black Moon" now receives rightful royal treatment on paradoxical digipack CD format. Anti-you fliers are in the mail...
Limited to 100 copies.
Listen: FLEŠŠ - "Vampyric Drain Through Hypnotic Force (extract)"
MOON IX - FLEŠŠ "Vol. I" A5 Digipak CD
Originally self-released in 2017 on cassette in a mere 13 copies but finding successive tape editions thereafter, "Volume I" introduced the FLEŠŠ aesthetic with no shortage of arrogance and aggression. The spectre of the French Black Legions looms large here, as does such too-often-forgotten cults as Countess, Yamatu, Stíny Plamenů, and especially early Black Funeral, but One Entity malforms that foul foundation to his own, utterly unorthodox design.
Primitive, pissed off, proudly underground: FLEŠŠ "Volume" I now receives rightful royal treatment on paradoxical digipack CD format. Anti-you fliers are in the mail...
Limited to 100 copies.
Listen: FLEŠŠ - "Raped On The Altar""
MOON VIII - PRIMOGENORUM "Ye Last Ordeal" MCD
Now, 10 years after the first demo, the circle is complete with Ye Last Ordeal, which will indeed be the last opus of the band. Everything has been said; you only should have listened. Rotten and ruinous to the very last note, to the last slit of the listener's throat, this is the forlorn final chapter upon the path of PRIMOGENORUM: diseased, desiccated, sickness of the mind, body, and soul, all-caps BLACK METAL to the bitter, lonely end. See you in Hell! Adalord Satan Haegl!
Listen: PRIMOGENORUM- "On the Ground of the Dying Man"
MOON VII - ANDEIS "Servants of the Cold Night" CD
MOON VI - NEGATIVA "03" CD
Featuring H.V of Wormlust/Mystískaos on vocals.
CD limited to 150 copies.
Listen: NEGATIVA- "03"
MOON V - TENEBRAE IN PERPETUUM / CHELMNO / NEAR / LORN "From the Ancient Dolomitic Forests" Digipak CD
4 exclusive tracks of cold Black Metal to celebrate the North-East Italian Black Metal Scene!
Digipak CD limited to 150 copies.
Listen: TIP/CHELMNO/NEAR/LORN- "From the Ancient Dolomitic Forests"
MOON IV - LAMPIR "The Alchemy of Cursed Blood" CD
CD in regular jewel case with 4-pages booklet. Limited to 150 copies.
Listen: LAMPIR- "Sixth Revelation of Depravity"
MOON III - KROLOK "At the End of a New Age" CD
CD in regular jewel case with 8-pages booklet. Limited to 300 copies.
Listen: KROLOK- "At the End of a New Age"
MOON II - CANTOS DE MUERTE "Las Voces Perdidas" Digipak CD
CD in 3-panel digipak.
Listen: CANTOS DE MUERTE- "Las Voces Perdidas"
MOON I - BULTURNOS / YERSINIA PESTIS "Split" CD
CD in regular jewel case with 12-pages booklet.
Listen: BULTURNOS- "A Mia Tierra d'o Ixuplido"
Listen: YERSINIA PESTIS- "The Ruins of Men that Were"