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   MOONLYGHT
Progressive Darkness
2004
Escapi New Media
http://www.moonlyght.ca

rating: 4/5

1. Fantasy
2. The Sceptic Traveller
3. Ride On Ice Storms
4. A Tale From A Fantastic Kingdom
5. The Autumn's Freezing Harmony
6. From Honour TO Nothingness
7. Progresive Darkness

Canada isn't the biggest market for metal I can think of - despite a couple of fine bands coming from there. And I've never heard Canadian folk/gothic/progressive/power metal in the Scandinavian vein. ;) I'm not kidding. Moonlyght pretty much mix all of these styles, not always as homogenous as it should or could be though. It's more like they are alternating between the different styles instead of combining them into a new one. And it's funny that, depended on which element of the music you look at (guitar, keyboards, vocals...) you have other bands in mind you are reminded of (Falconer, Children Of Bodom, Blind Guardian, Menhir, Persuader even).

The first track "Fantasy" kicks off with a single female voice singing a melody with a medieval flair and soon after a clean male voice sets in too. I was very sceptical towards the whole album when I heard those few seconds because to be honest, it didn't sound very promising to me. Luckily, "Progressive Darkness" didn't turn out as bad as I feared. To me delight, the female vocals are reduced to a minimum and the vocalist/guitarist Roby uses his various grim vocal styles more than his clean voice - which is good because I find some of his clean vocals (there are different clean styles as well) a little weak and cheesy. There are also some spoken words or some lyrics whispered - really, the huge variation in the vocal department is definitely a plus!
Yeah, variation is the key which - considering the band incorporates so many musical styles - also goes for the music itself. It is often mellow with its acoustic passages, sometimes also heavy and almost aggressive - but always very melodic. That especially goes for the beautiful guitar leads. So emotional. Violin and an accordion also add to the music of course.

"Progressive Darkness" is already two years old btw. The album was just released in Europe this year but had been out in Canada since 2002. Definitely worth checking out.

submitted by Cora 19.06.2004

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