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I feel Immortal’s debut is many times unjustifiably overlooked and overshadowed by the band’s latter releases. What “Diabolical Fullmoon Mysticism” loses to the three subsequent albums in speed, it makes up for in moods and atmosphere. This album features some great cold, dark and evil black metal played mostly at mid-tempo. The band also uses acoustic guitar on this album and it sounds great.
There are fast parts (but not blast parts) on “Call of the Wintermoon” and “Unholy Forces of Evil” but the other tracks have no fast parts at all. When listening to “Cryptic Winterstorms”, an awesome mid-tempo track tastefully spiced with acoustic guitar, you can almost feel the snowflakes falling around you. “Blacker than Darkness” is another highlight, bringing forth an angrier feel with some truly morbid riffing from Demonaz. “A Perfect Vision of the Rising Northland” finishes this album in a really great manner, this song is clearly influenced by Bathory.
There are some doomy and depressive passages on this song plus some acoustic guitar and freezing synths used with taste. If you’re not a fan of pure blasting black metal and haven’t heard “Diabolical Fullmoon Mysticism” yet, I suggest you seek this out immediately. This album proves that Immortal are able to convey their message without playing fast all the time. You also get to experience that unique early 90s black metal feeling, which has almost disappeared from the scene of today.
On “Diabolical Fullmoon Mysticism” you can also hear the bass well, which adds heaviness to the sound. Abbath’s vocal style on this album and the preceding EP also influenced Nergal from Behemoth to a great degree, just listen to Behemoth’s “From the Pagan Vastlands” and you’ll see what I mean.