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Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Crimson Moon - Mors Vincit Omnia

It's crazy to me to think that Crimson Moon has been blaspheming for 25 years. Their potent sound and demented soundscapes have always impressed, yet here with their fourth album, Mors Vincit Omnia the group takes it to a whole new level entirely. This American by way of Germany black metal project has always been known for its expansion on second wave black metal principles. In a year where we are seeing a lot of bands build on the sonic myths of yore Mors Vincit Omnia seems surprisingly appropriate.

Mors Vincit Omnia frequently runs the gamut of what makes second wave black metal great. There are moments of ambient horror and others that are simply blasting madness. This is what I'm looking for in a black metal record, a range of emotions that spits in the face of subtlety and instead embraces how over the top this music inherently is. Crimson Moon have taken a massive step forward here and its delectable. The way they fuse black metal basement vibes with transcendent and somber clean vocals is truly exciting. While they have always been a band apart, this record certainly makes sense as another gem in the crown of Debemur Morti - the best black metal label in the world today.

This is an exciting listen. The break between this record and 2016's Oneironaut was far and away the shortest the band has ever taken. Mors Vincit Omnia hints at so much more great music to come from these black metallers and the forward momentum they show here seems like it has no stopping it. Crimson Moon reach some truly transcendent levels on this record and it's exciting to see that these old heads are still going for the throat. A potent listen through and through, this will stand as one of the years premier black metal offerings.

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