DARKTHRONE — Under a Funeral Moon (review)

DARKTHRONE — Under a Funeral Moon album cover Album · 1993 · Black Metal Buy this album from MMA partners
3.5/5 ·
Warthur
Darkthrone have described the album previous to this, A Blaze In the Northern Sky, as having a black metal attitude and death metal riffs. Perhaps that's why Under a Funeral Moon feels like such a transitional album, since it was recorded as a conscious attempt to change gears into a more purely black metal approach - complete with stripped-down production values for extra kvltness. The end results are rather mixed, but eventually won me over simply because of the unusual take on the subject matter.

Lyrically, alongside the Satanic aggression that's par for the course in black metal there's also healthy doses of depression, alcoholism, and a curious sort of eroticism - all three of which playing a prominent role in the opening track, Natassja In Eternal Sleep - and these curious themes creep their way into the music, with the lo-fi production often resulting in a subdued guitar sound which is in keeping with the depressive, contemplative ideas being played with. Still, Under a Funeral Moon suffers from being kind of on the fence - A Blaze In the Northern Sky was well-produced and showed technical proficiency, Transilvanian Hunger is one of the most "kvlt" black metal albums ever and has the production values of a train accident, whilst Under a Funeral moon sits between the two extremes, neither one nor the other. One for the devotees.
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