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Crimson Moonlight
Divine Darkness
Type: CD
Company: Endtime
Release: 2016
Genre: Black
Reviewer: Greg Watson
Published:7/25/2016
Extreme feel without the occult/pagan references
Swedish band Crimson Moonlight are back with 'Divine Darkness', their first album in nine years. Part of a relatively new sub-genre called Unblack Metal, the band has gained some notoriety within this obscure sub-genre. For me, the album sounds like black metal through and through minus the occult/pagan overtones. Apparently part of the ethos of this genre is a departure from the philosophy associated with Black Metal and more positive lyrics in the songs. While there is definitely less occult/pagan sentiments on the record, I don't quite see much difference from this album and say Ulver's 'Nattens Madrigal' in sound and style. That being said, 'Divine Darkness' is a pretty solid slab of metal goodness. The songs sound decent enough and the overall vibe of the album is pretty cool. "Kingdom of the Wolf", "Voistinu Voskrese" and "The Dogma of Chalcedon" are standout tracks. If you're looking for that extreme feel without the occult/pagan references, then Crimson Moonlight shall definitely appeal to you.

About this Writer:
Greg Watson // Greg Watson has been hooked on the loud and heavy sounds since the summer of 1994 when he first heard the opening notes of "Operation: Mindcrime" by Queensryche. Since then his tastes have expanded and grown like the ever evolving heavy metal tree of genres. He has been an active member of Maximum Metal off and on for 10 years. In his spare time, Greg enjoys deciding the fate of his loyal subjects in the realm of Skyrim and secretly playing air keyboard to "Separate Ways" by Journey when no one is watching. He currently resides in Roanoke, VA with his wife and his metal wannabe beagle.

Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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All reviews for Crimson Moonlight:
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DOR
REVIEWER DATE
Divine DarknessCrimson Moonlight
2016
Greg Watson7/25/2016
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2005
Timmy D4/23/2005



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