Released: 2002, Metal Disk
This is a very cool disc. I love discovering these very talented underground bands while they are at the start of their career. There is something about the youthful energy (before the music industry grinds them up and spits them out) that appeals to me. The fertile metal breeding ground of Quebec, Canada finds Moonlyght being the latest world-class act ready to make the break to “the big time”. The band are a five piece but utilize three guests on violin, accordion (!) and heavy use of operatic female vocals.
The disc is well presented with lyrics, credits, photos the whole them being very dark, but what else would you expect from a band called Moonlyght? The disc is very nice mix of death, black metal and progressive, as evidenced by the songs that are all seven minutes or longer except one. Black Metal traditionalists be warned…this disc reminds me of Cradle of Filth and Dimmu Borgir so you may want to investigate or avoid all together. For the rest of us who don’t mind violin, female vocals, fantasy and psuedo gothic lyrics, this band is awesome! In fact the opening track is called “Fantasy”!
The disc starts in a very odd lilting manner with background male chanting and a female -male vocal trade-off of stanzas then cuts into some decent metal, slows back down again with some acoustic guitar before launching into a black metal growl and into the body of the song. I really like the myriad of vocal tones on this CD, there were at least three distinct voices in the opening track alone. I like the voice of Roby the singer who sounds somewhat like Fernado Rebeiro (Moonspell) when he is using his clean voice.
The songs are all very busy and it is quite an engaging listen but on occasion the band puts there heads down and just rips leaving the more gothic, melodic elements behind. Yes, the harsher critics will slag this band for wearing their influences on their sleeve, but the execution and performance are top-tier. This is certainly a strong contender for my personal Top Ten New Independent Bands of 2002. You can check them out at http://www.moonlyght.ca