With perfectly aligned and astoundingly cohesive guitar riffs that creates the basis for more colorful possibilities of emotional experimental melodies – without abdicating the characteristic traditional elements of Black Metal, like fast rhythms, cinereous vocals and sinister aggressive notes resounding like an afflictive anxious scenario of an impending doom – Echoes of the Moon is a daring and innovative musical act, that perfectly balances altogether the most heavier sounds of BM with purely distinctive elements from Avant-garde, Post-Metal and Shoegaze, creating an individual sound that blows its atmospheric urgencies with such competent refinement and artistic primacy, delineating an ambience of fatalistic immediacy with a high level of technical input, that you feel astounded and captured by the sound at the very first time you listen to it.
With 72 minutes long – but having only six songs – Eluding, Acquiescence, St. Anthony's Fire, Mount Carmel, A Window of Perception, and Absurdism, Elusion is not only a groundbreaking album, that reveals to its listeners what could really be considered Avant-garde Atmospheric Experimental Black Metal, but a milestone of a symmetrically combined and perfectly arranged diversity of elements, amazingly united to bring to life a new type of metal, that surrenders itself to a whole new set of musical confluences. Defining not only a new category for Black Metal as a philosophy of sound, but rearranging a new design of sequences, components and composition of melodies, Echoes of the Moon ably places itself into the most higher baseline of contemporaneous metal history, with such a high degree of uniqueness, that it is impossible not to feel impressed with the project’s peculiar style of musical achievement.
Certainly one of the best albums of the year, Elusion was shaped, crafted and created to have its own place in history, never to be supplanted. Remarkably singular and aggressively innovative, melancholic, philosophic, desolate, deserted and nocturnal elements permeate all the songs, that inherently reunites and aggregates at the basis of their main motivations the reverberation and the profusion of a great artistic alignment that responds to the soul of the music, relocated everywhere in the solitary displacement superbly convoluted by the dry world of the melancholic dreariness of its astoundingly ascendant core of beliefs, brought to life by the outward nefarious magic of each and every note of these tracks.
This is not just another album, but a majestic dry and sour journey throughout a somnolent, and yet exasperating configuration of existence. Way more than just an invitation, Elusion manages to be a new form to conceive an excitingly innovative arrangement of musical experience, defining a new boundary of straightforward artistry, free of all ordinary conventions of the genre, not worried at all about being understood or accepted. This is way more than just an album, but a new groundbreaking force of marvelous musical excellence. This work soon will be regarded as the great milestone of the century, a divisive and definitive state-of-the-art masterpiece. If you could only isolate the guitar riffs, this would already be enough to give Elusion the best place in the symposium already. And I would not say a word about the rest. Brock’s ability to create and displace entire atmospheres of sound, laterally dismantled to build with detailed guitar resonances walls of sound that engineers bold harmonies able to hold together all the links of a song, compounded in a multifaceted layered sky of ocean colors, I would certainly have material for a five thousand words dissertation. Echoes of the Moon’s work is complex, beautiful, inventive, free, groundbreaking and destitute of empty ambitions. The musician behind this project have really created the most pure and sacred State-of-the-Art Avant-garde Black Metal of all times. Long life to his work! Let him write, play and create more!