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Strange and dazzling - 90%

Noktorn, March 26th, 2007

I really like this EP, but I'm not entirely sure why. It's unique, but not in the way of novelty; there's nothing readily or absurdly apparent that separates this from so many other releases. However, once the layers are peeled back, you can see an incredibly interesting and creative bit of music that takes influence from numerous genres without enslaving itself to any one in particular.

What we have here is generally melodic death metal; albeit a very, very strange breed of it. The whole EP has a crooked, disjointed feel to it, with staggering rhythms that are constantly changing and weaving like the steps of a drunk. And yet, while other bands would have difficulty harnessing such a quality for good, Moonlit Burial has no trouble with it. The closing title track's extended solo over perpetually shifting rhythms almost reminds of Anata, but not as seemingly precise. This is incredibly organic music, changing and undulating constantly into new shapes and forms.

To add to this is the very strange sense of melody this band possesses. Quick, seemingly awkward bursts of high-pitched tremolo picking weave intricate neoclassical melodies over staggered, metalcore-derived rhythm guitar while drumming helps steady out the musical equation. Structure is similarly unique; take 'Emaciate's start/stop bursts of blasting, fragmented melody, as if the band has to heave their instruments into action for brief periods. And yet, despite how very strange the music is, it never fails to be strangely pleasing to the ear, with its colorful, wintry atmosphere.

This is definitely a release that won't be some people's cup of tea. However, for those who are interested in a very unique style of melodic death metal, look no further than 'Our Disgrace'; it's one of the strangest, most ensnaring debuts I've heard in a great while.