Saturday, 19 July 2014

Moon - Melek Taus

'Melek Taus'

Review by Elek Malcolm-Madill

Genre/s: Depressive Suicidal Black Metal, Atmospheric Black Metal
For Fans Of: Xasthur, Striborg, Leviathan, Judas Iscariot

Collecting the band's various EPs, Demos, and Splits, Melek Taus is ethereal and darkly serene. Moon was (and still is) a one-man black metal act from Brisbane, Australia formed by Paul Marsh aka "Miasmyr" who has a flair for haunting, and also strangely elegant, lo-fi tracks with loads of great vocal reverb. Moon is best compared to DSBM in the style of Xasthur although moves through various levels of harshness as the vocals sound pretty airy and smoothed out I suppose you could say on "Moon" but get pretty harsh and overwhelming on "Blood". This tends to be a recurring thing with Moon in a few aspects, some tracks will start out hauntingly beautiful but transition into some pretty jarring, near raw black metal material, or work it's way into the areas of drone, funeral doom, and others. Moon consistently delivers some seriously good, classic feeling black metal- snag Melek Taus below.

1. Moon I
2. Moon II
3. Moon III
4. The Caverns
5. Forgotten Spirits
6. Apparitions I
7. Apparitions II
8. Apparitions III
9. Blood I
10. Blood II
11. Blood III
12. Blood IV
13. Omen I
14. Omen II
15. Omen III

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