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Chaos Moon - Languor Into Echoes, Beyond
26 September 2007


01. De Mortalitate
02. Abstract Tongues
03. Waning
04. Simulacrum Of Mirrors
05. The Palterer
06. Hymn To Iniquity
07. Countless Reverie In Mare


All tracks written and recorded in Summer 2004 - 2007. Seen as a counter album to 'Origin Of Apparition'.


My Microsoft Word-log reveals that the start of this review was made on the 4th of September, 2009. This review is finally finished in Januari 2010, in what has probably been the longest period of time I've ever needed to be able to wrap up a review. Right off the bat I could hear this would be a 'grower', but unfortunately I could never find the time and patience to fully devote myself to this release. "Some other time", I constantly found myself thinking. Time's a bitch, anyway. I never seem to have enough of it. And Chaos Moon Languor Into Echoes, Beyond is not the kind of girl you can have for a quickie.

It reminds me, in a stylistic sense, of Nagelfar, or more specifically, their album Srontgorrth. Both bands make (made) use of genre atypical elements in a completely natural, organic way flowing through different styles and moods with the greatest ease. Both bands are not afraid to approach music with a good sense of drama and ambition and a grand cosmic vibe, resulting in two stellar albums. In a more basic, genre-based sense, these two albums have few in common besides both being rooted in Black metal. Languor Into Echoes, Beyond relies on the same type of shrieks once employed by Mr. Vikernes, circulating riffs (rifts) of dissonance and strangely eerie and astral synths, sharing a few traits of Depressive Black metal (but none of its lifelessness). Occasionally a part here or there sounds a bit stale, but in general we're treated to very enjoyable and fresh Black metal.

What makes this band special is that it doesn't hold back any of it's joy. Perhaps its just me, but some of the instrumental, trance-like parts sound quite colourful and lively. That is fully due to the synths, which often take over and offer wonderful ambient parts. You can practically see the butterflies flying through sun-blessed, dew-covered meadows, while white-furred bunnies nibble on... ahum. Well, they're far less cheesy and putrid, they would probably fit better with drug-induced euphoria rather than children's books. Kataxu comes to mind, although their entire songs were entirely synth-driven and their interludes were trying to be 'songs' with motifs and patterns, where those of Chaos Moon are more soundscapes far more introvert of nature. I certainly find Chaos Moon's vision a lot more interesting.

All in all, Languor Into Echoes, Beyond is a welcome change in Black metal's usual bleak and dead scenery. In fact, Languor Into Echoes, Beyond in its entirety is a welcome change due to its fresh experimenting while staying close to the genre's guidelines. It is not only a grower that requires a decent amount of spins before judgment, it also becomes progressively captivating and touching as it goes through the tracklist. At times it is even wonderfully moving. What more can you ask for?

If you've got a thing for Black metal that builds on and goes further than standard Second Wave work, if you have a thing for astral/cosmic themes, or if you simply want to hear what some well-crafted Black metal ambient touches, this one's for you. Chaos Moon, Languor Into Echoes, Beyond. Give it time and your full attention.

Performance: 8
Songwriting: 9
Originality: 9
Production: 8


 



Written on 13.01.2010 by
Lucas
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-DC-002- - 14.01.2010 at 00:20  
Very cool album art. This was intriguing. I will check into it.
Uirapuru - 14.01.2010 at 02:01  
Great review. Ill definetly buy it (download it ). Just heard them in the MySpace player and its amazing.
BitterCOld - 14.01.2010 at 06:39  
Sounds interesting indeed.
Inlé - 16.01.2010 at 02:44  
Sounds good. Will try this one out. This sentence alone is enough to win me over:

"It reminds me, in a stylistic sense, of Nagelfar, or more specifically, their album Srontgorrth."
Merchant of Doom - 18.01.2010 at 18:25  
It's Naglfar, dude...
Lucas - 18.01.2010 at 18:26  
Written by Merchant of Doom on 18.01.2010 at 18:25

It's Naglfar, dude...


It's Nagelfar, dude...
Merchant of Doom - 19.01.2010 at 13:32  
Written by Lucas on 18.01.2010 at 18:26

Written by Merchant of Doom on 18.01.2010 at 18:25

It's Naglfar, dude...


It's Nagelfar, dude...


Ah, yes, sorry, the shitty German band...

edit: I forgot to say.... good review! I like them, not sure about Naglfar... ooops, sorry, Nagelfar...
Maxx666 - 05.04.2010 at 21:06  
It does reminds me of Nagelfar, sometimes
Lucas - 05.04.2010 at 21:10  
Written by Maxx666 on 05.04.2010 at 21:06

It does reminds me of Nagelfar, sometimes


It does? Yey! I'm not the only one!
InnerSelf - 30.10.2010 at 10:41  
So it seems that the uttered parts in the middle of Simulacrum of Mirrors are taken from the movie Memento "which is by the way mindblowing"
-DC-002- - 12.09.2011 at 13:26  
Oh man, This album is just really great. Speaking from a, Budweiser drunk.... and that's like the third most popular drunk in the world. But you know, "highly recommend" and the like.
Oaken - 14.05.2012 at 19:09  
Written by Merchant of Doom on 19.01.2010 at 13:32

Ah, yes, sorry, the shitty German band...

Nagelfar shitty???
Oaken - 15.05.2012 at 22:31  
Great music. Some of the best synths I've ever heard. I felt like the album had to distinct parts, the first was the normal black metal tracks (1-3 and the first part of The Palterer", the second the spacey, cosmic ones (4-7). Also, kudos for the Nagelfar comparison. Both bands choose three strong, catchy riffs and rotate them for a long time, creating a great atmosphere without getting boring. This method is used by Nagelfar for 15 minutes songs on Srontgorrth, yet the riffs never become dull, nor do they become dull on Langour.
Great review.
EDIT: and yes, I find the Varg-like vocals bad.
Written by InnerSelf on 30.10.2010 at 10:41

So it seems that the uttered parts in the middle of Simulacrum of Mirrors are taken from the movie Memento "which is by the way mindblowing"

"So how can I heal... how can I heal if I can't feel time?"
Epic. Up there with the parts from Lurker Of Chalice's Blood Falls As Mortal.

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