What can be said about this album that hasn’t been said already? I mean really, it’s DARKTHRONE, one who does not know, never will, and one who does not know, does not like Metal. Period.
So this was the middle album in the “Unholy Trinity” that was “A Blaze In The Northern Sky”, “Under A Funeral Moon” and “Transilvanian Hunger”. In my opinion (and against many others), “Under A Funeral Moon” isn’t as good as the other mentioned albums. But then again, the other two albums are “A Blaze In The Northern Sky” and “Transilvanian Hunger”. Nothing is as good as those two albums, as they both are the epitome of “True Black Metal”. But “Under A Funeral Moon” is some potent junk in its own right as well.
Continuing down the path of melodic infused Black Metal, DARKTHRONE took the minimalist sound and relentless attitude and cranked it up to 11. Pounding drumming from Fenriz, The vocals of Nocturno Culto (more on those later) and the riffs of Zephyrous created something that was better than anything Norway was making at the time, and that includes “De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas”, and “Det Som Engang Var” yeah I said it, we all know it had to be. The thing that set DARKTHRONE apart from their countrymen would be the fact that DARKTHRONE had an attitude unlike anyone else, a pure “fuck off” attitude and that Punkish snarl.
The music on “Under A Funeral Moon” is standard DARKTHRONE and by that I mean the Punk inspired rock-outs, the monotone riffs and the constant drumming. This album just oozes the black filth that DARKTHRONE collectively pumped through its veins. The vocals of Nocturno Culto this time around are a bit different, as they have this cool echo effect to them, adding a bit to the haunting atmosphere, chilling indeed.
A lot of people forget how influential DARKTHRONE really are, especially when 99% of Black Metallers sound like them today, it’s easy to forget one’s roots. The list of bands that are influenced by DARKTHRONE are too long for any page to list and most of them aren’t even worth your time as they all just repeat what the Father has done.
The songs themselves are actually quite varied this time around, the standard Black Metal songs like “Natassja In Eternal Sleep”, with its abrupt stop which leads into “Summer Of The Diabolical Holocaust” which uses a fantastic rocking riff combined with the repetitive drumming to create an awesome experience. But one song describes DARKTHRONE’s sound perfectly on this album, and that’s the title track. A potent syringe filled with the dirtiest, most rocked-out, blower and D-beat crazed Black Metal, fucking-a man, I’m gone.
I could spend time talking about all the songs, but really, what’s the point of that? Either you like DARKTHRONE or you’re a tool, that should sum it up. This is a classic for sure and while not perfect to me, it’s still better than almost anything that came out since its conception. It’s DARKTHRONE you fools, respect your elders and bang your head.
(Online February 23, 2007)