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NINTH MOON BLACK is a post metal band from United States that formed around 2003 - 04 by Caleb (bass) and Erin (guitar, visuals, videos). They both played in different bands before forming NMB but after returning to Oregon they started the project. After having a change in the lineup the band finally settled with Erin, Caleb, Kasey (drums), Josh (keyboards) and Jesse (guitar).

In 2007 they finished recording what would become their first full-length entitled with the band's name which would be released in March 2008 through Forgotten Empire Records, label in which they are currently signed.

NINTH MOON BLACK plays atmospheric progressive metal/post metal in the vein of bands like ISIS.

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 Kalyug by NINTH MOON BLACK album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2010
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Ninth Moon Black Experimental/Post Metal

Review by Insin

4 stars Following their debut album, Ninth Moon Black released Kalyug, an instrumental EP including both ambient and post-metal passages. Like most quality post-rock, it's atmospheric, bringing a dark, desolate, and at times almost mournful feeling into the music, all at once spacey, apocalyptic, and futuristic... without the use of keyboards. The songs have a good progression and flow to them, smoothly evolving and shifting from heavy to ambient.

As the album moves along, the songs grow in length, Causatum introducing a main musical theme that seems like it could have been expanded upon, Harbringer a largely ambient piece that reminds of the opening song of A Silver Mt Zion's debut, based on a simple piano line and dominated by samples. The final two tracks are dedicated to showcasing the NMB's post-rock mastery, picking up the pace and depending less on atmosphere and more on the dynamics and natural-sounding ebb and flow the song.

Kalyug is also a concept piece, incorporating slightly distorted spoken word samples into the ambient sections. The speaker talks about the loss of spirituality and the "de-evolution" of mankind, an interesting concept and definitely one that fits with NMB's post-metal, post-apocalyptic sound. Traditionally, a band writes the lyrics themselves and includes them in a more musical way, through singing or screaming or whatnot. NMB has cheated a little by relying solely on samples from someone else, but other clean vocals don't seem like they would fit on this EP, leaving only harsh. I've always found that concept albums with harsh vocals are pointless anyway ? why would you put so much effort onto lyrics if no one can understand what you're saying anyway? In the end, the spoken word is fairly clear and easy to understand, and probably a better option than the others.

NMB has crafted a dark, apocalyptic EP, an atmosphere encouraged by the nature of Kalyug's concept. Each song, especially the last two, flow and shift expertly, firmly rooted in the territory of post-rock and post-metal while also bringing some ambient workings into the equation.

Definitely a quality EP. And the cover art is cool too.


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 Chronophage by NINTH MOON BLACK album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.05 | 3 ratings

Ninth Moon Black Experimental/Post Metal

Review by AtomicCrimsonRush
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3 stars Ninth Moon Black's "Chronophage" is a very unusual listening experience. In fact it took me by surprise after listening it after hearing some prog metal with a traditional sound. As soon as "Chronophage" started, it was like an immersion into another world. There is something compelling though quietly unsettling about the sound the band are able to generate. In some ways it is like a more uptempo Sunn O))) with that grinding low level distortion, and yet this is not so dark as it is atmospheric. The album is fully instrumental and grinds along with deep growling guitars and bass. The band consist of Kasey on drums, Erin and Atom on guitars, Caleb on bass, and Eric on synths and guitar.

The tracks segue together and are hard to differentiate each consisting of slow distorted chord changes. At one point the melody of Metallica's "For Whom The Bell Tolls" is heard, and yet the melodies still remain quite different with other sections merging into a rather dense and murky soundscape.

I enjoyed the experience, the fact that the music is so unique, yet retains a definite post metal razor edge. The synths certainly lend a powerful spacey quality to the music. 'Bestia Devorat Tempus' is a low level nerve jangler, 'Mors Carnis' chugs along with a cool riff, and 'Animus Lumino' clocks to almost 14 minutes; hypnotic and captivating. I would say the music would appeal to those who like a darkwave metal approach. It is worth checking out and I am certain I will return to this often when the mood hits me for an ambient metal landscape.


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