Moonlight Sorcery – Piercing Through the Frozen Eternity

When you have a scene that’s as fully realized and stocked as black metal all across the world, quality is all but guaranteed at a certain point. Yet, it’s even in the face of such wonders that are all but destined to come around in time, it can sometimes feel like an eternity before hearing a particular sound done immense justice with a fitting reception from listeners. When it comes to the more melodic sides of black metal, it’s not often enough that we’re able to be gifted a band that checks off all the right boxes while still managing to greatly surpass expectations. In just five tracks with their very first EP, Moonlight Sorcery has made a work that can only be considered magic.

Immediately right from seeing the cover, you already get an old-school sense about this effort. With the stars shining over the glistening snow as cold towers of stone rise amidst the winds in the mountains, the stage is all but set for black metal the lines of which the world simply doesn’t get often enough with the band in question destined for all but greatness. If that isn’t the fate for Moonlight Sorcery after the undeniable mastery and intoxication that they brought to the table with this utterly mystifying debut then I simply don’t know what to do about anything anymore! It’s the very essence of “Piercing Through the Frozen Eternity” that absolutely must capture the imagination, ears, souls, and even bodies of every black metal fan out there as everything that could’ve been pulled off with this effort was done so in no less than utterly exquisite fashion with everything from the ferocious vocals, ripping solos that never once disappoint, wondrous melodies that make for the real driving force of what the EP is capable of, or just the simple fact that this Finnish trio has achieved a creation like this on what’s just their very first album. If that doesn’t hurt the head out of pure excellence then I truly feel sorry for you. The best of what has always made black metal of this ilk so captivating plays a massive role in making “Piercing Through the Frozen Eternity” such a magnificent creation that only the unforgiving north can provide a quality backdrop for as the mountains sing with the very voice of Moonlight Sorcery and the winds vibrating with the raw, undeniable magic that was made to weave this record into creation with no less than the most staggering of results to be had with talent like this at the helm.

Without any room for debate, this is the exact kind of black metal that we’ve wildly voracious for no matter what times we find ourselves in, and Moonlight Sorcery has come to us like rain in the desert, warmth in the blizzard, and a flicker of light in the darkest night. The very existence of “Piercing Through the Frozen Eternity” is enough for the very name of Moonlight Sorcery to carry immense respect from here on out, and now we can only hope it won’t be long before this trio descends from its castle in the mountains to bless us again with their magical glory.

“Piercing Through the Frozen Eternity” releases on May 13th via Avantgarde Music!

LISTEN to “Piercing Through the Frozen Eternity” on Bandcamp here.

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