MOONGATES GUARDIAN

Atmospheric Black Metal / Non-Metal • Russia
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Moongates Guardian is a Russian atmospheric black metal act. Tolkien themed, their draw their primary influence from Summoning and released their debut studio album Eternal Legend in 2014. The band consists of instrumentalist Skilar and vocalist Alexey.

- Biography by adg211288, January 2017.

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MOONGATES GUARDIAN Eternal Legend album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Eternal Legend
Atmospheric Black Metal 2014
MOONGATES GUARDIAN In the Beginning album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
In the Beginning
Atmospheric Black Metal 2014
MOONGATES GUARDIAN ...and in the Glade a Light Was Seen album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
...and in the Glade a Light Was Seen
Atmospheric Black Metal 2015
MOONGATES GUARDIAN The Eagle's Song album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Eagle's Song
Atmospheric Black Metal 2016
MOONGATES GUARDIAN Summoned by Middle Earth - A Tribute to Summoning (Part I) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Summoned by Middle Earth - A Tribute to Summoning (Part I)
Atmospheric Black Metal 2016
MOONGATES GUARDIAN Let Horse Be Bridled, Horn Be Sounded! album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Let Horse Be Bridled, Horn Be Sounded!
Atmospheric Black Metal 2017
MOONGATES GUARDIAN Leave the Northern Mountains album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Leave the Northern Mountains
Atmospheric Black Metal 2018
MOONGATES GUARDIAN The Last Ship album cover 2.50 | 1 ratings
The Last Ship
Atmospheric Black Metal 2019

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MOONGATES GUARDIAN Darkness Above Middle Earth album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Darkness Above Middle Earth
Atmospheric Black Metal 2014
MOONGATES GUARDIAN Malbeth the Seer's Words album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Malbeth the Seer's Words
Atmospheric Black Metal 2014
MOONGATES GUARDIAN Skilar: Anthology of Shadow album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Skilar: Anthology of Shadow
Atmospheric Black Metal 2014
MOONGATES GUARDIAN Wanderers in the Shadowed Land album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Wanderers in the Shadowed Land
Atmospheric Black Metal 2015
MOONGATES GUARDIAN The Dragon Is Withered album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Dragon Is Withered
Atmospheric Black Metal 2016
MOONGATES GUARDIAN Where Many Paths and Errands Meet album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Where Many Paths and Errands Meet
Atmospheric Black Metal 2017

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MOONGATES GUARDIAN Oath of Feanor album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Oath of Feanor
Non-Metal 2013

MOONGATES GUARDIAN re-issues & compilations

MOONGATES GUARDIAN Back to Middle - Earth album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Back to Middle - Earth
Atmospheric Black Metal 2018

MOONGATES GUARDIAN singles (5)

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Wolven Blood
Atmospheric Black Metal 2014
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Lament for Gandalf
Atmospheric Black Metal 2014
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Song of the Mounds of Mundburg
Atmospheric Black Metal 2014
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The Misty Mountains Cold
Atmospheric Black Metal 2015
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Song of Lorien
Atmospheric Black Metal 2019

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MOONGATES GUARDIAN Let Horse Be Bridled, Horn Be Sounded!

Album · 2017 · Atmospheric Black Metal
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Although they only released their debut album in 2014, Russian atmospheric black metal duo Moongates Guardian are already on their sixth full-length studio album. Titled Let Horse Be Bridled, Horn Be Sounded! (2017), the album provides a black metal musical journey through the band's usual Tolkien themes, but comes complete with a little surprise: a black metal version of Blind Guardian's classic ballad, Lord of the Rings.

I don't usually go much in for extreme metal versions of Blind Guardian songs, especially not their ballads (which are some of the best in the power metal business) but I have to admit, I'm pleasantly surprised by the take Moongates Guardian have put on the song. Specifically they're covering the version from The Forgotten Tales (1996) compilation rather than the original from Tales from the Twilight World (1990), no doubt because the original actually featured a lyrical error due to Hansi Kürsch singing 'gnomes' instead of 'dwarves' at one point (something I'm sure they'll never live down). The song translates pretty well although it is a little weird listening to it with Alexey Lapshov's growl, though his growl is pretty clear for the genre, so you can still follow the lyrics easily enough. I've singled the song out because not only is it an unusual choice for a black metal band to cover, but also because it's probably the most interesting track on Let Horse Be Bridled, Horn Be Sounded!

When performing their original material, Moongates Guardian have a sound that's in the same ballpark area as the better known Summoning, a band who are clearly a major influence on them since their previous album was a tribute release to that band. We're talking atmospheric black metal with a strong symphonic synth presence and some influences from dungeon synth music. It's a competent album from start to finish, with the songs sprinkled with dialogue from Tolkien's writing that I'm sure fans will recognise (you'll at least know the name Frodo when you hear it I'm sure, even if you're not a fan, though I suppose that would also put you outside this album's target audience). There's nothing wrong with what the band have made here per se, but the issue for me is that the whole Tolkien atmospheric black metal thing has been done to death (thanks in no small part to Summoning themselves) so when that Blind Guardian cover hits at the sixth track, it's actually like a breath of fresh air and ultimately is the only one of the album's nine songs that sticks with me upon conclusion. It's a pleasant forty-one minute trip through Middle-Earth, just not one that's going to inspire many repeat visits.

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