Aeternus - Beyond The Wandering Moon review



Reviewer:
9.4

37 users:
8.51
Band: Aeternus
Album: Beyond The Wandering Moon
Release date: April 1997


01. Under The Blade Of The Dead
02. Sworn Revenge
03. White Realm
04. Sentinels Of Darkness
05. Embraced
06. Vind
07. Waiting For The Storms
08. Winter Tale
09. To Enter The Realm Of Legend
10. Celtic Harp Solo (The Last Feast)
11. Black Dust [bonus]
12. Victory [bonus]


If it doesn't get your butt running of a chair and it doesn't make your heart burn it ain't metal. But if it does, and beyond all that it makes you see, for mere moments at least, beauty for what it is... in the roar of the fire and in the howls of the wind, then it's quite probable you're listening to Aeternus's "Beyond the Wandering Moon."

This is one of the most savage and yet beautiful pieces of music that I've laid ears on. The album kicks off with a disturbing, ominous piano piece, "Under the Blade of the Dead." The melody is slowly swept away by the cries of an icy wind, followed by the album proper, roughly an hour of very thick mid paced guitar work with outbursts of crushing speed here and there and plenty of slow, folk-ish passages (there's a lot of riffing with inspired folk-ish tunes to be found, too). It would take a few spins to catch the details, given the thickness of the sound. This however isn't a flaw. A clear production on this album would be like scattered pine trees that call themselves a forest. A great surprise was the Celtic Harp Solo. These guys really feel the rhythm, if I may say so.

One of the most interesting aspects is Ares's voice. He doesn't scream his lyrics nor does he growl in the proper sense. His voice is more like the roar of a bear, merging perfectly in the whole way the album feels. The lyrics range from the spine chilling oath on "Sworn Revenge" to words of honour as on "Winter Tale" and hails brought to Norway's frozen beauty. The album also features a track sung in Norwegian, "Vind" with the guest appearance of Svartlav's howls.

Some people may have a hard time listening to this. It's a very dense album that consumes the listener. But if you like deep stuff and you don't mind muddy production, "Beyond the Wandering Moon" has so much to offer (and don't forget the great artwork!).


Rating breakdown
Performance: 10
Songwriting: 9
Originality: 10
Production: 8

Written by NECURATU | 25.03.2007


 


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Comments

Comments: 6   Visited by: 49 users
17.04.2007 - 00:47
Jason W.
Razorbliss
Great to see someone else appreciates the depth of earlier Aeternus! This CD and their '98 CD, "And So The Night Became" are forgotten masterpieces in my opinion, something the band has never come close to reaching again. Glad to see this album resurrected for a review, and a well written one at that!
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"After silence that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music." - Aldous Huxley
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17.04.2007 - 21:49
NECURATU
Thaks man! There's a bloody hoard of great stuff on this site that doesn't feature a review...I wish I had more time to try and solve that...why don't you give "...And So The Night Became" a shot? Cheers!
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When the sun rises I take my flock on the balks
When the moon rises I tell the woods good night
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16.07.2007 - 14:05
Sunioj
Im listening to "And so the Night became right now" for the first time, and it makes me want to get this album after hearing what the band is capable of and reading of their other works.....I cant wait to get my hands on this one though, for sure.
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02.03.2009 - 02:19
magatouve
magatouve@hotmail.com
I'm really glad to find people who appreciate that album as much as I do. I realise not all people should like an album. But I think some albums deserve to be liked by many, but strangely they do not. And this is among the best examples of such albums.
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02.03.2009 - 08:08
Jason W.
Razorbliss
Written by magatouve on 02.03.2009 at 02:19

I'm really glad to find people who appreciate that album as much as I do. I realise not all people should like an album. But I think some albums deserve to be liked by many, but strangely they do not. And this is among the best examples of such albums.

Hey great to find another who loves this album! Actually I've been trying to think of which album I should review next, and perhaps it's time I finally followed the advice here of Necuratu and do the review for "And So the Night Became" as well. This album and that one are still part of my playlist rotation, and likely always will be.
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"After silence that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music." - Aldous Huxley
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02.03.2009 - 16:06
magatouve
magatouve@hotmail.com
Written by Jason W. on 02.03.2009 at 08:08

Written by magatouve on 02.03.2009 at 02:19

I'm really glad to find people who appreciate that album as much as I do. I realise not all people should like an album. But I think some albums deserve to be liked by many, but strangely they do not. And this is among the best examples of such albums.

Hey great to find another who loves this album! Actually I've been trying to think of which album I should review next, and perhaps it's time I finally followed the advice here of Necuratu and do the review for "And So the Night Became" as well. This album and that one are still part of my playlist rotation, and likely always will be.

Go for it! This band deserves some more attention...
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