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Crimson Moonlight

Formed: 1997
From: Jönköping, Sweden
Last Known Status: Active

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Crimson Moonlight Unleashes "Divine Darkness"

The moon glows a deeper shade of blood signalling the return of cult Swedish extreme metallers Crimson Moonlight.

Time has culled no fury and "Divine Darkness" is the band's hardest and most intense album to date. Crisp, cold crimson fire is bursting forth from first note to last - a new circle of hell is blasted open with every play. The album - the band's first full length in 12 years - is set for release on February 26th via Endtime Productions.

Ferocious and focused, their vicious song writing will take you on an otherworldly journey exploring the themes of grief, majestic wonder and divine darkness.

Immerse yourself in the Radiance of "Divine Darkness" and find the solace that your soul so desires… Embraced by the Darkest of Light!

The album's track listing is:

1. The Dogma Of Chalcedon
2. The Suffering
3. Divine Darkness
4. I Am Tribulation
5. Voistinu Voskrese
6. Kingdom Of The Wolf
7. Dusk
8. In Silence, In Chains More...

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"Out Of The Black" Documentary Available Online

The 40 minute documentary "Out of the Black" has now been released online and now can be seen below. While it focuses on black metal, the clip features a variety of interviews with thrash and death bands.

The creators of the movie describe the clip as "a documentary about true black metal in America as compared to the European scene. A detailed examination of the musical and social origins of black metal and how black metal was influenced by American death metal and thrash, and European thrash. We also concentrated on the opinions of those outside of the black metal scene. We interviewed some of the godfathers of death metal and thrash to get their opinion."

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The Unblackening Of Metal

From the very beginning, heavy metal has been about rebellion against established norms and restrictive social institutions. That theme has never prevented metal from being influenced by the greatest of mankind’s various systems of organized repression, however. Using a guitar and a microphone to express discontent over the actions of parents and governments inevitably led to bands expressing their disgust with the beliefs behind those actions. Whether musicians are singing about it, railing against it, or just simply partaking of it in their free time, religion has an undeniable role to play in nearly every sub-genre of heavy metal.

Plenty of bands have been built up around an anti-religious atmosphere, whether a simple general sentiment or a full-on fervor that drives the music. Despite metal being frequently identified with an anti-religious standpoint, the style has more than its fair share or religious spokesmen. Famous musicians such as Dave Mustaine of Megadeth have never been particularly quiet about their Christian faith, even if they don’t expressly promote it in any given song. Explicitly Christian metalcore acts are also rapidly gaining widespread attention, with groups like August Burns Red taking over Hot Topic and acts like I The Breather touring the U.S.

In general, it would seem the thrash metal world either doesn’t care about Mustaine’s religious affiliation or is willing to overlook it for the sake of the music. Thrash certainly has its share of anti-Christian songs, but it’s a genre that’s more concerned with social issues or an overall aggressive musical feel than anything dealing with supernatural belief systems.

As any fan of metal can easily attest, not all genres are built equal, and what appeals to one metal head is a serious turn off for another. Black metal is easily among the most infamous of all metal styles, having cut its teeth in the early ‘90s across a back drop of church burnings and sensational media stories of power struggles between Satanic leaders. Names like Emperor and Mayhem were starting to make waves and become recognized in the underground not only across Europe, but also in the U.S. and abroad. More...

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Christian Black Metal Documentary In The Works

According to Christian Metal News, a new black metal documentary, entitled Light in Darkness - Nemesis Divina, is currently in the works. However, what separates this documentary from countless others that have explored black metal's controversial aspects is that the focus is not on the satanic spectra of the genre, but the opposite - the Christian concept of black metal. Producer Stefan Rydehed, who recently finished completed work on the Pure Fucking Mayhem documentary, which focused on the Norwegian black metal band MAYHEM, and David Nilsson have set their sights on the Scandinavian Christian scene, with particular focus on such bands as CRIMSON MOONLIGHT, ADMONISH and FROSTHARDR.

Rydehed comments: "The topic is very interesting because the genre has a major contradiction because it has evolved from the Satanic black metal and there have been death threats, church arsons, murders and so on but never have there been a documentary about the Christian bands and their point of view of the music genre."

A trailer of this documentary is available below: More...

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Crimson Moonlight Parts Ways With Guitarist

Swedish black metal band CRIMSON MOONLIGHT has issued the following update:

"Erik Tordsson [guitar] has left the band during some different reasons, but we all agree that this was the best way both for him and the band. But we are very happy to introduce our new guitar player to you all: Jocke Malmborg. He is a great guitar player and has a given place in the future work with CRIMSON MOONLIGHT. He is also playing in the band INEVITABLE END and has done some great guitar work over there so check them out!"

CRIMSON MOONLIGHT's sophomore full-length album, "Veil of Remembrance", was released in December 2004 via Rivel Records.

Read the full article at Blabbermouth.net.

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