|Review: Moonscape - Entity|
Year released: 2017
Genre: Progressive Metal
Review online: October 28, 2017
Reviewed by: Bruno Medeiros
Rated 4/5 (80%) (5 Votes)
Moonscape is a project created by multi-instrumentalist Håvard Lunde. The Norwegian is a virgin of the scene, but shows maturity and competence out of this world by creating his only son, Entity, in what is a mix of the non-dull elements of a well-played Progressive Metal, Melodic Death characteristics of the Gothenburg scene and even some Power, Black and Atmospheric Black passages - these last on a smaller scale. This musical salad can be dangerous and make the listening experience extremely annoying, but the dude, with the help of some guest musicians, performs it with the expertise of a veteran.
The story of Entity, dense and emotional, revolves around a man who no longer has the courage to face the world around him. Inconsolable, he shuts his eyes to the outside and swears never to open them again, and his despair makes the seclusion within his own thoughts his only option. In the face of the most obscure and remote corners of his mind, he is forced to face a personal demon from his past, hidden in his subconscious.
Songs like "Into the Ethereal Shadows" and "Abandonment" deliver aggressive passages with changes of pace and harsh vocals that flirt with the guttural, although not losing the progressive vein, while "A Stolen Prayer" and "A Crack in the Clouds" maintain the high emotional content of the album. The former, the most well-crafted and aggressive of the whole experience, is rare enough to bring together instrumental features from bands like Dream Theater and Pain of Salvation with the insinuating extreme elements seen in acts of Melodic Death and even Atmospheric Black Metal.
Lunde, on his debut journey to the calamitous, relentless and punishing Metal world, with the help of his guest musicians divided between guitars, keyboards, piano and even saxophone, has grasped what bands take decades (or simply never achieve) to achieve: an album that is fun to listen to, honest in its proposal and complex enough to stand out from the crowd. Far from being perfect, but far above average, Entity was a pleasure to review and a treat to ears commonly bruised by millions of decibels of shitty music coming from promos that aren't worth the Internet data used to download them. Great effort.
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