The third full-length release from Swedish black metal mainstays Crimson Moonlight comes nearly a decade after the last full-length release. Which is a long time to wait for something as tingle-educing as the kind of quality \,,/METAL\,,/ these guys make. I mean, sure there was an EP and a single released in between then, but that doesn’t take away from the fact that a release from Crimson Moonlight is an event. But, I digress.
From the opening face-melting blast-beats and thrashy death of “The Dogma Of Chalcedon”, Divine Darkness proves that the wait was well worth the end result. This is some high-quality progressive black metal, heavy and extreme, dark and fiery, resulting in a big dopey grin on my face for the entire time this played. Not once did the music stagnate, as there were touches of musical shifts to keep things fresh and interesting: acoustic instruments, melodic touches, some noticeable industrial effects on the vocals, some doom metal moments, and one cut (“Voistinu Voskrese”) which is a straight-forward dirge from beginning to end. The production is top-notch, and the flow is outstanding.
Overall, Divine Darkness cuts out any kind of pretense and gets right to the point, grabbing you by the jugular and not letting go until you’re good and tenderized. Highly Recommended.