DungeönHammer – Infernal Moon
Reviewed: November, 2018
Released: 2018, Pulverised Records
Reviewer: Aaron Yurkiewicz
DungeönHammer was born over a decade ago from the friendship of E and R, who happened to meet in Milan whilst studying abroad. A common bond over old school black metal eventually encouraged them to form a band of their own, releasing a pair of splits with Rust and Purgatör in 2010 and 2011 respectively and just recently, their full length debut INFERNAL MOON. The band paint descriptions of their sound with broad strokes, describing their music as “blistering and repulsive” and “black/thrash”, with key influences being Bathory and Celtic Frost. Having spent some time with INFERNAL MOON, it’s clear that the duo more than likely have a few latter day Darkthrone records in their collection as well.
The 8 tracks captured on INFERNAL MOON are much closer to team Fenriz than anything from classic Quorthon or Tom G. Warrior (the opening riff in “Stigma Diaboli” smells close enough to “In the Shadow of the Horns” to call shenanigans). But I suppose as those both Bathory and Frost were cornerstones for Darkthrone, by the transitive property they serve the same purpose for DungeönHammer? Which is fine – Darkthrone are rad regardless of which era you’re dropping in on and the tunes here do a serviceable job representing the style competently – just own it, fellas.
As far as the tunes, they’re all pretty straightforward black n’ roll. In comparison to most anything else in the black metal world, there’s not much that I’d define as “blistering” and/or “repulsive”, but by and large it’s not a bad listen. The mid-tempo chugs that abound across INFERNAL MOON run the risk of monotony here and there, but more full throttled excursions like “Empire de la Mort”, “Perpetual Funeral Winds”, and “Oracle of Death” help bear hug the album together.
INFERNAL MOON isn’t the most original album you’ll hear this season, nor is there any pretense to believe that it should be. DungeönHammer are paying homage to the music that moves them to groove, and that’s what it’s all about, right? If you can’t wait ‘til next year for the new Darkthrone album and don’t set your expectations too high, INFERNAL MOON should hit enough of the right buttons to tide you over.