The First Ep from Natus Antiquus called Moonstrvm it’s an exciting new proposal from a band that after many years of existence finally released a very straight forward material, it gets the work done. On its core, it’s a Death Metal album (in the Melodic spectrum), but you can feel the influence from genres such as Black Metal, Thrash Metal and even Grunge. What really gets me going about this album is the smooth combination between the occultist lyric themes and how the music recreates this dark atmosphere that is just right, it breaks itself from the conception that Melodic Death Metal often sounds “Happy”. Most of the time while I listened to this album I felt like I was reading and old scripture that told the story of an ancient and evil being.
- All seeing eye
The overture of the EP, a mostly instrumental song that gives the tone for what the rest of the Album will be, in this particular song you can experience the strengths of the band, meaning how the band can tell a story and create a compelling atmosphere that is a great addition to start getting lost in your thoughts.
- Dancing with Dead
The second song “Dancing with Dead” continues with the tone and begins with the Epic characteristic that the vocal line delivers, without leaving behind the power given by the guitars that in the course of this Album are the heart and core of it.
- Forbidden Gnosis Planet
The third song “Forbidden Gnosis Planet” has a feeling of a most traditional Melodic Death metal tune, but it keeps the ball rolling to what the band wanted to archive with this material. The most compelling part of the song for me, in particular, is near the end with the atmospheric break and that very well executed return to “Chaos”.
The Fourth Song “Moonstrvm”, the one who gives the material its name, is a great example of what the band try to demonstrate with this EP, it gives you that dark atmosphere which we can observe through the course of the material until this point, and at the end it breaks into a powerful finale worthy of a mosh pit.
- The Moiras
The last song of the EP “The Moiras” feels sometimes that scape from what the band was doing until this point, but it fix itself by the course of the song and manages to give a solid finale to the material, but in my opinion I would have liked a more darker end similar to the tone of the first 3 songs of the album.
“Moonstrvm” is a strong and very well done first EP from the band, as I said before it gets the work done and does not try to be something else. It keeps a straight line in the tone of the music, and manage to create a great atmosphere, you can really feel that each song related to the other, even if they don’t. and the quality of the recording and mixing gives that extra plus to the darker atmosphere, but is fair to say that in that aspect a little change in some details could have giving this EP a bigger darker tone.
Written by Nicolás Unda.