Luna - On The Other Side Of Life (CD)

symphonic doom death, Solitude Productions, Solitude Productions
466.67 Р
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SP. 104-15 x
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The new full-length work by the Ukrainian project continues the ideas of the debut album. However, this time, the album is divided into two epic tracks. Instrumental doom death metal by Luna, melodic, with a touch of symphonic and epic, perfectly serves as a soundtrack to the fantasies giving birth to new mythical worlds in the gloom of the night.

1 Grey Heaven Fall 21:41
2 On The Other Side Of Life 33:37

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On The Other Side Of Life
symphonic doom death
CD Album
Jewel Case
Solitude Productions
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SP. 104-15
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4 627080 610880
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Ave Noctum

I really enjoyed the last debut album ‘Ashes To Ashes’ by one man act Luna. This Ukrainian project is the work of DeMort also of Amily and Ashes was a one track epic near hour long instrumental feast. Although that may sound a bit much to some and indeed as it is slow doom in origin it is an acquired taste, there was a whole lot of depth to it that kept me engrossed throughout. Things have slightly expanded into two tracks here but it can easily be listened to in one fluid movement as again the only real noticeable change with this 55 minute album is a couple of second pause and if you blink you are going to miss it. Interestingly enough it would appear that between albums and earlier this year the artist delivered a two track EP with a couple of shorter numbers on it. I missed that but it’s on their bandcamp page so I am intrigued to have a listen and see what DeMort can do in a more restrained session.

‘Grey Heaven Fall’ begins this particular journey and mood and atmosphere are established with a melody beginning to seep into life that is far more colourful than the title suggests. This is a heavily symphonic work that focuses a lot on the keyboard elements along with some thick guitars and hefty drum work. Naturally it is far from fast and does border on the funeral doom side of things but it quickly establishes itself as being very austere and dramatic with a big weight behind it and a huge expansive sense of melody. Indeed it could be looked on as a modern classical work with the artist behind it all looked on as a composer rather than a mere ‘band member’ or anything else. It is incredibly dark as well and matches Edvard Munch’s cover art well. Although this is not the most obvious one and the music will not have you ‘screaming’ it is tinged with dread and horror and is also very soundtrack orientated and you could easily imagine a black gloved killer stalking down labyrinthine corridors to it. Some long flowing guitar work wraps itself around the keyboards and adds to things but the overriding feel is a sense of grandeur and this is a very epic listen in every sense, full of emotion and energy. Images of massive cathedrals plagued by demons and deconsecrated by foulest necromancy worm their way into my head whilst listening to this, as what I described as celestial choirs chant eerily and wraithlike over the slow shimmering piano work. Suddenly everything hits a stride and surges off going into a death doom gallop but rather than seeming surprising it’s all handled so fluidly it sounds natural and fantastically (de)composed before it settles back down and draws to a slow ghastly climax at the 22 minute mark.

After this comes the 33 minute title track which after a very quick pause booms heavily in with a huge sense of gravity about it. Although it takes a while to unveil its full majesty there is plenty to keep you mesmerised as the chrysalis forms to unveil its birth when it fully emerges from its cocoon. It feels like it does this around some great melodic keyboard work ever so slowly and tensely with the atmosphere promising something majestic but I have the feeling that what emerges will be terrifying, unknown to mankind and leading to its ultimate demise but that’s just the way my head works (you should try living in it). Naturally I love it and always find music that gets my imagination flowing, the mark of quality which this is absolutely full of. Some guitar work and heaviness fills the mid-section and meanders and enthrals with a bit of My Dying Bride about it and a more conventional doom death approach to it, some of the shrill cadences leap out and virtually bite and stab at you, yes it’s that deadly insectoid attack I was wittering about earlier. Everything leads to around the half hour mark building up the layers and then surging into a final breath-taking gallop; wow!

This really is an excellent work and definitely the best instrumental album I have heard in a long time. Witness it for yourself at the following link but make sure you are isolated and not likely to be disturbed for the duration and prepare to be dazzled.

Author: Pete Woods
Iye Zine

Secondo album per la one man band ucraina Luna, della quale abbiamo già parlato in occasione sia del full length d’esordio sia dell’Ep uscito non troppo tempo fa.

Dopo aver sperimentato qualcosa di diverso in quell’occasione con buoni risultati, DeMort è tornato in toto alle sonorità dedite ad un funeral atmosferico devoto in maniera financo eccessiva agli Ea.
Come in quel frangente, infatti, il nuovo lavoro vive delle stesse contraddizioni: atmosfere evocative guidate per lo più dalle tastiere che ricalcano in maniera fedele, pur se con la dovuta competenza, quel tipo di sound.
Due soli brani, interamente strumentali, per circa un’ora complessiva di durata, che costituiscono pur sempre un’esperienza gradevole per chi ama queste sonorità, lasciano in eredità, purtroppo, la sensazione d’avere ascoltato un buon surrogato di una delle band più particolari dell’intera scena doom, piaccia o meno.
Tutto ciò, quindi, mi costringe a replicare a grandi linee il giudizio fornito in occasione di “Ashes To Ashes” anche se, dal raffronto, emergono sensibili passi avanti sia sotto l’aspetto esecutivo sia per quanto riguarda quello compositivo, che appare decisamente meno essenziale.
Credo che DeMort, se vorrà provare a ritagliarsi uno spazio più importante, dovrà cercare di personalizzare ulteriormente il sound, magari provando ad inserire anche le parti vocali, altro elemento in grado di apportare a sua volta una certa varietà, quand’anche dovesse essere utilizzato con parsimonia.

Author: Stefano Cavanna

« On The Other Side Of Life » fait suite à un premier album de ce projet ukrainien, « Ashes To Ashes », paru en 2014.

Les titres des deux albums me paraissent tout à fait révélateurs du fait qu'on nous présente ici la face cachée de la lune, jamais éclairée par les rayons solaires. Ou si peu, aux marges.
Le cœur du propos de l'unique membre de LUNA étant l'obscurité existentielle, il n'est pas étonnant que le Funeral Doom instrumental soit le véhicule choisi pour exprimer cette vision pour le moins désenchantée. Placé sous les auspices de la couleur grise, « Ashes To Ashes » ne comportait qu'une seule et très longue (un peu moins d'une heure !) composition. Je ne sais s'il faut interpréter cela comme un signe de communication vers le monde, « On The Other Side Of Life » comporte... deux titres : « Grey Heaven Fall » (vingt et une minutes) et « On The Other Side Of Life » (un monument de trente trois minutes). Par ailleurs, l'illustration offre presque une perspective permettant d'échapper au nihilisme : on y voit une lumière bleutée pénétrer faiblement un intérieur désuet. A l'extérieur, par cette même fenêtre, on aperçoit de petites touches de lumière jaune. Un espoir serait-il permis ?

Les formats des compositions proposées ici ne laissent pas de doute sur l'intransigeance de la démarche artistique de LUNA. Le tempo est majoritairement lent, les riffs arides et les mélodies de guitare lancinantes, la section rythmique massive. Sur le morceau « On The Other Side Of Life », on relève toutefois une plus grande variété rythmique, avec même une accélération relative. Tous ces ingrédients sont typiques du Funeral Doom, la caractéristique principale de cet album de LUNA résidant dans des arrangements de claviers constants. Sous forme de nappes synthétiques (surtout) ou de piano (plus rarement), ces arrangements parent l'austérité globale de vagues couleurs, porteuses d'émotions plus contrastées que le seul désespoir. Par moments, on aboutit à des passages d'une mélancolie classique mais poignante, voire à des séquences presque lyriques et épiques. Dans ces instants, on n'est pas loin des meilleurs moments de THE HOWLING VOID.

Certes, LUNA évolue en terrain balisé mais il le fait avec une maîtrise et une expressivité qui emportent l'adhésion.
Lords of Metal

On The Other Side Of Life’ is het tweede album van Luna, een eenmansband uit Kiev. In 2014 debuteerde DeMort, de man achter Luna, met ’Ashes To Ashes’. Dat was (en is) een prima album als je van sfeervolle, orkestrale funeral doom houdt. De muzikale lijn is op ‘On The Other Side Of Life’ doorgetrokken. Dit album bestaat uit twee zeer lange instrumentale tracks waarop mooie melodieën worden verweven met zware akkoorden. Het heeft zelfs wat weg van filmmuziek. Bij dit soort lange nummers is het lastig om aandachtig te blijven luisteren, maar Luna slaagt erin om de aandacht vast te houden. Belangrijk aspect daarbij is dat de keyboard- en gitaarpartijen erg mooi in balans zijn. Ik vind ook het artwork van de CD de sfeer van de muziek goed treffen. Voor het hoesje is gebruik gemaakt van werken van de bekende Noorse schilder Edvard Munch. Overigens heeft Luna eerder dit jaar een digitale single uitgebracht met twee kortere nummers. Als je daar ook interesse in hebt, kun je hier terecht.

Author: Pim B.
Forgotten Path

This instrumental musical one-man project from Ukraine presents the second full-length album. It consists of two long songs (in my opinion, it is praiseworthy in Funeral Doom), which could be characterized as usual Funeral Doom with accents of Symphonic Metal and an accompaniment of keyboards. Because of that, the music is epic, atmospherically quite heavy, but, whereas, casual and predictable, too.
I haven’t heard the project’s earlier releases, so I don’t dare to prescribe the band’s development or some future perspectives. However, I have an impression that Luna is atmospherically strong and a partially mesmerizing act, suffering from too inveterate monotony, stereotypes, sometimes from too big an influence of optimistic symphonic music. I don’t say that it is cheerful to listen to this, even vice versa, the absence of vocals adds something gloomy, abandoned, an impression of an uninhabited land, it brings the music as near as possible to anti-humanistic Ambient. But sometimes an elaborate conglomeration of sounds pops-out, which ruins the sombreness on which there had been worked so hard. On the other hand, there is the addition of some spookiness with organs, and this truly could be pleasant for someone.
Though, in the beginning, I expressed a positive attitude towards the length of the songs, but I was eventually disappointed. The album is really too long, perhaps with such ideas it would be enough just to release an EP, because I have such an impression that the songs are just outstretched to the limits. But to remember the rule that one should end his review with the more favourable spirits, I would like to notice the fact that the album cover is designed with Edward Munch’s paintings, which aren’t as popular (“Kiss by the Window” and “Night in St.Cloud”). They are matched with taste and attract more than earlier gloomy one-colour covers. And that is, in my opinion, though not the most important, but an interesting aspect while rating the entire work.

Author: Bloodie
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