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Frostmoon Eclipse - Rustworn

Frostmoon Eclipse - Rustworn - 79%

Edmund Sackbauer, July 21st, 2023
Written based on this version: 2022, CD, Immortal Frost Productions (Limited edition)

While Italy probably is not the first country coming to mind when thinking about black metal the quality and talent is very often present in many bands hailing from that country. Frostmoon Eclipse surely are a good example being such a band. So it might be surprising to some that Frostmoon Eclipse already have existed in the black metal scene since the mid-90s. Hailing from La Spezia in Liguria, the formation has been in existence since 1994, and their previous and seventh album " Worse Weather to Come " was released in 2019. " Rustworn " is an EP released on March 18 through the Belgian label Immortal Frost Productions, an imprint known for delivering the goods more often than not. From what I understood this EP should be some kind of appetizer for their new album which is in the making.

While anchored in the style of melodic black metal Frostmoon Eclipse also have some tendencies to implement orthodox elements, giving their music another layer. The main focus of this mini-album are two new compositions, namely "Rustworn " and "Relentless, circling", enhanced by three live title tracks played visibly in Italy in 2018. The sound quality is quite good for live recordings, although the difference to the two new songs is obvious. The combination of blasting drums, torrential riffing and the beautiful and sometimes melancholic melodies is what gives the material a special vibe.

The two studio tracks are presented in a quite accessible melodic black metal style, which means that there is a decent portion of heaviness as well as some memorable melodic elements to be found. Moreover, it might be accurate to say these songs sound quite modern. As for the three live tracks, you can feel that the intensity and passion is there. Lorenzo Sassi's vocals on these tracks are powerful and full of anger. Guitarist and creator Claudio Alcara knows what he is talking about when it comes to creating soulful music, and it is obvious that the band has a good feeling for writing interesting enough tracks. The highlight of the music clearly are the guitar harmonies, which dictate the overall mood of the tracks.

Since their debut and first demo "Cold silvery Eye", the combo has followed their path without regard to trends. And he is right. Moreover, the Italian black scene has always remained underground and has its own touch. Equipped with a running time of 34 minutes, this mini should leave fans of the combo waiting for a new long player. In the end we have a very decent EP in this genre. Compared to other titles on the label surely not a must-have, but a nice-to-have. More importantly we get a first glimpse of what a new full length might sound like and this surely is exciting.