Luna Mortis - The Absence review
|Release date:||February 2009|
04. This Departure
05. The Absence
06. Forever More
07. Never Give In
09. Last Defiance
10. Embrace The End
I am proud to say that I love crazy music. The stranger the mixture of styles is, the better it gets for me lately. As long as it is brutal enough to keep me interested. Scandinavian bands are usually masters at doing just this. A combo from Southern Wisconsin named Luna Mortis is intent to set the record straight with their last release The Absence.
Halfway between Gothenburg Melodic Death and Symphonic Metal a la Within Temptation, this female-fronted band plays games with you head switching tempo in mid-song while keeping it flowing. The fusion of the two styles could have been a disaster; it ends up being a stroke of genius.
Singer Mary Zimmer is more than able to deliver her clean or guttural vocals and to switch it over when you less expected. The two shredders Brian Koenig and Cory Scheider make wonders while Jacob Bare on bass and Erik Madsen on drums keep a tight rhythm section.
Aside from the beautiful cover art and the excellent production, The Absence is an intense journey into a rarely visited musical landscape. Sometimes albums like this one have a tendency to overdo one aspect of the music, this one actually manages to balance its influences inside out. Luna Mortis does not shy away from trying to experiment. Don’t expect a stale melange of styles. This is one hell of a dynamic album.
Frankly the only problem I can spot with The Absence is that the listener must like Symphonic Metal and Melodic Death equally to fully enjoy the entire album. But if that sounds like fun to you, get this one blindfolded. Sadly, Luna Mortis disbanded in early 2010. Let’s hope we’ll hear again from them under a different moniker.
Highlights: ‘Last Defiance’, ‘Ash’,’ Ruin’
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