The Second Moon - The Second Moon

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Band The Second Moon
Album The Second Moon
Country Norway
Genre Black Metal, Ambient, Industrial
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Release date (album) 1998
Release date (review) 2016


Review

The self-titled release by Second Moon is their second and last piece of music that saw the light of day. Should this surprise someone to whom this Norwegian band is unknown? No, but it is worth mentioning it anyway. Well, in terms of creating art it is either possible to stay too close to what other bands have done (before), while being unable to create an own identity, or to move too far away from any safe shore and to drift into the open sea without any hope to find a place to give the soul a rest. Of these two (extreme) examples on why artists tend to fail, the latter is true when it comes to describe the attempt of *The Second Moon* on their self-titled release. Solefald without guitars but gone wild; to give the reader an impression on what to expect here.

The dominating instrument on this album is the keyboards and there lies the problem. Sometimes there is simply too much of them and the mix did its worse to help to drown the guitars to a great deal; in the tracks they do actually appear, they are often nothing more than vague impressions in the background. Accordingly do they lack a little bit of power and of something to form a contrast to the keys; the rare moments on *A Trip to Heaven* in which these approach was used, are simply too rare to overshadow the short-comings of this album. These would be the weird arrangements and their impact on how the music is perceived. Sometimes there is simply too much of them and especially the tracks five to nine simply suck. While two to four have are neatly composed and sound like some time had been spent on this, the other remind the listener on ideas left over from the process of creating this album and which did not fit into any other song. Therefore did they have been released 'separately' and loosely; i.e. without any connection to a 'real' track.

Nine tracks with a combined length of around twenty-two minutes is certainly not much for a full-length album; or is this an EP? Anyway, tolerable of these are 'only' the first four tracks (which include an intro) or in other words: fifteen minutes. The other half of the album can be ignored, because it offers nothing but a boring and pointless 'ambient-folk- medieval-synt-something'. When taking a look on the album from a neutral perspective then it can hardly be described as good and a recommendation can also not be given. This piece of music is an ambivalent experience and in terms of metalness a lot is left to be desired. Guitars play a minor role in this piece and the keyboards together with the vocals dominate the music to a large degree. Avant-garde had been overdone here and the band failed in creating a coherent approach with this album. To purists of said genre only.

Recommended track: A Trip to Heaven

(Originally released on the Metal Archives, but moved to this site, since the band had been removed from there. The review is therefore only available here)