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Luna : Luna

Luna are back with a release that starts strong but ultimately feels like a let down.

This is the fourth full length album by Luna entitled 'Luna' and it still has the sound and production you would expect from this band but they try to push the boundaries a little bit more. The music is described as Funeral Doom Death Metal. Plenty of symphonic instruments and big spaces fill these three songs that take a long time to digest. They are all instrumental and all created by DeMort. It is released through Solitude Productions.

'I' is a grand opening. My favourite track of the three. It has some majestic passages through it. At over nineteen minutes it plays and pulls with your emotions. The middle section with organ and strings is beautiful and you can feel it build and build but never really finding it’s resting place. It almost takes me back to the film Conan the Barbarian when they have that erotic scene with the snakes. It’s hypnotic and trancelike and it really captivates you. The drums are big sounding and drag you along each guitar chord that slowly crushes you. It’s a great atmospheric passage that draws you in to quite choir parts and single droplets of piano that fall like tears from some broken soul who has lost all hope.

'II (Orchestral)' is dramatic in its opening. The emphasis is on strings and a real orchestral feel that is really dark and quite poetic. The song takes a change when big sounding organs enter to heighten the arrangements. It follows the same melody but gives us a different ambience. This pretty much follows the pattern for the rest of the song. I however felt it was crying out for something more than it became in the end. The layers of strings are pretty solid but to hold a listener for fourteen minutes I feel takes a bit more variation and excitement especially as there are no drums or guitar within the arrangement.

'II' closes out this album. It’s pretty much the same track as before but this time it has the missing elements from before. Drums, guitar and bass add much density to the song. I found some of the guitar riffs a bit strange especially over the choir passages. Overall maybe listeners will feel cheated that we did not get more from this album. Essentially two songs and a orchestral version of one of them. A couple more good tracks and this could have been a very strong album as the mixing and mastering are of great quality and the actual melodies of the songs are nice. Having said that if you're accustomed to this bands previous works each album has only a few tracks each been extremely long. Whilst I enjoyed the first song I was slightly disappointed and felt let down that we did not get more as this band has much more to give I feel.

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Reviewer's rating: 7/10


Tracklist :
1. I
2. II (Orchestral)
3. II

Duration : Approx. 50 minutes

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Reviewed on 2020-04-17 by Riccardo Veronese
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