It’s been around twelve years since Sweden’s Crimson Moonlight released an album. Two years ago we got a teaser of their on-going war with The Suffering and now we’re finally blessed in bloody matrimony with a third opus called Divine Darkness.
Blessed might not be the most appropriate term to describe the feelings of dread, despair and deviancy that Divine Darkness illicits, but it’ll sure as hell have to do. Profane and cankerous are subjective terms after all. Hard and ugly might also suffice but while these all are apt terms for discussing the disharmonious onslaught that is the new album what can you expect?
With Black and Roll a sign of maturity, and more metal than the Transformers graveyard, transcendental despotism epitomizes the harsh tones and raucous blasts of eternal fury on album number three. Musical geometry dominates the riffage to make a rather bland but still hellish listen. Maintaining that sentiment of unfeeling, the vocals, while amateurish and punk, sound like someone got rejected from Sweden’s Got Talent.
The lyrics are often layered to song by interjecting the music without much consideration to the rhythm. Competing with the guitar and not complimenting the melody, as such creating an unnecessary divide backed up by fractious blastbeats. On a more up on earth note however the clipping on the drums is close to perfection and prevalent throughout the senseless barrage of filler content.