Close To Prime
Luna Field - Close To Prime

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MB Rating: 8.4
[1 Vote(s)]

User Rating: 8.1
[7 Vote(s)]
The Dead Side
Animated Anchoret
Thief Of The Adour
Anthem About The Breed
The Black Side
Press The Pressure
I Am Free
Witness Of Delusion
Acrid Insanity

Release Date: 2003
Label: Season Of Mist
8.1 out of 10 / 7 vote(s)

MetalBite Review by Denis on 6/21/2003
Excuse my ignorance, but I don't know this band. I did some research with other webzines and didn't find anything. Nothing on the label's website either. The only information I could find was on the (German) band site. But I can tell you that this should change pretty soon because Luna Field is one hell of a good band who put out a rather impressive debut album, "Close To Prime."

Luna Field's music can best be described as a mixture of death and black metal with doom passages and intricate progressive song structures. Sounds good so far, aye? Great, but let me be more specific here. If I take the vocals for example, that's where the death/black part in the description comes in. Both deep, low, guttural death vocals to high shriek black vocals, all from one or perhaps two different singers. I've got no idea but the alternate use is working quite well. I prefer the deep low vocals personally but then again, you black metal maniacs might think otherwise. Speed wise, the pace is mostly mid-fast with some faster passages, such as the one in the epic black composition in 'Press The Pressure.' Luna Field use some keyboards in a discrete way here, particularly to add some atmosphere on songs like 'Odial' and 'I Am Free.' There are also a couple of instrumentals on "Close To Prime." 'The Black Side' and 'Acrid Insanity' are piano/keyboard instrumentals, whose instruments are used to convey a dark and somber mood, a bit reminiscent to the ones on Asgaroth's great album "The Red Shift." The latter has a five minute silence but when the music resumes, you'll understand what its title means. The best songs are with no doubt 'Animated An Choret' and 'Anthem About The Breed.' Both use varied tempos, awesome riffs, some more riffs and more incredible riffs! The latter has an extra clean guitar part to top it all off. Thrilling stuff. I love it!

Bottom Line: An exquisite journey starting with a dark symphony ending by complete insanity...

Categorical Rating Breakdown

Musicianship: 9
Atmosphere: 8
Originality: 8
Production: 9
Overall: 8

Rating: 8.4 out of 10