Nebular Moon- Mourning
Band Homeland- Germany
Label Homepage- None Found
Originally released in 1997 on Last Episode, “Mourning” was re-mastered and re-released in 1998 with three bonus tracks (and this is the album that I own). “Mourning” is therefore the first and the second full length CD from this dark and atmospheric German band, with four albums total and (at the time of this review) a fifth one in the works.
Consisting of 10 songs with a total playing time of 49:20, “Mourning” is as strong a debut album as any band could have ever wanted. The vocals stand out well, with a range that runs from pitched and wailing to deep and guttural. The keys are thick, but the tone maintains the right sound, and do not become overwhelming at any point. The drumming is interesting and very well executed. The only place the album drops out for me is in the single string runs of the guitars, they seem overly simplistic and empty in points, too basic for the rest of the sound that they are a part of. But this is a small matter, as it only occurs in a few places. Overall, I would say that the musicianship on this album is very well done.
“Mourning” stands in my collection as a darkly symphonic and richly epic sounding album. It embodies all of the qualities I look for in a symphonic Black Metal sound, and easily steps up to the ever-increasing challenge of obtaining a unique sound while still embracing the formula that defines this specific sub-genre of Black Metal.