IRON BONEHEAD PRODUCTIONS is proud to present Secretum Secretorum, a split album between ANCIENT MOON and PROSTERNATUR, on CD and vinyl LP formats. Two pan-international entities, both ANCIENT MOON and PROSTERNATUR have but one recording each to their respective names - an album, with the former's arriving in 2015 and the latter's in 2016 - but Secretum Secretorum should prove to shine more blacklight on two infinitely promising, shadowy entities.
For their half, ANCIENT MOON deliver an 18-minute epic that builds slowly and ominously before exploding into a tensely buzzing hive of nightmarish black metal. Hypnotic yet free-flowing, somehow making time stand still and move in reverse, "Hekas Hekas Este Bebeloi!" imparts an absolutely spellbinding mysticism that could be a whole record unto itself, its movements and fluctuations sublte yet profound; this track simply demands repeat spins, and eternal thralldom. For their half, PROSTERNATUR render three tracks that are impossibly vast for their six-minute average length. And indeed, PROSTERNATUR are a complementary fit for ANCIENT MOON, in that this shadow-cloaked trio conjures their own brand of black metal mysticism. Viscously thick yet somehow emitting a near-cosmic sense of space, PROSTERNATUR burl forth with a constantly churning density that's expertly laced with all manner of beneath-the-surface color and shade. Their attack is doubtlessly muscular, yet similarly evokes a bewitching sensation on the right side of medieval.
Together, both ANCIENT MOON and PROSTERNATUR beckon the listener to let loose the bounds of reality and step into their Secretum Secretorum...
supported by 13 fans who also own “Ancient Moon / Prosternatur - Secretum Secretorum”
This gets lumped under Icelandic black metal because of the musicians involved but there's not actually much on the album that you could point at as black metal, largely because the vocals (which rule) and rhythm section refuse to speed up, despite the tremolo riffing of the spaced out guitars, dragging this into a kind of downtrodden, doomy affair. I love it, of course. Zachary Gillan
supported by 12 fans who also own “Ancient Moon / Prosternatur - Secretum Secretorum”
Though this is a first effort of sorts one really can tell that the musicians have been around the block more than once. Phantastic harmonies and perfectly cold dark atmosphere. The vocals are great, too. mourner