I find very fascinating the overall evolution of symphonic black metal, from the earlier days of Burzum using the subtlest tinge of keyboards, to Emperor's romping epic grandeur, and now to this, Limbonic Art, whom really have very little to do with metal in the traditional sense and have transcended themselves to something entirely different altogether. Moon in the Scorpio is itself a Symphony that thinks its a metal album. It is wrought all throughout with enough gripping pathos, angst, grievance, introspection, and redeeming ecstasy to fill the biggest Shakespearean play. Its opening track, Beneath the Burial Surface, alone has a two minute-long symphonic intro, and by the time the nearly 14 minute long track is over you've felt like you've already heard the whole album, but it's just beginning! As in all classical Black Metal, this album rewards those who pay attention and get into the atmosphere and long-winded progression, and agonizes those who would rather listen to a neat and concise four minute long Cradle of Filth track to scare and impress their friends.
Limbonic Art has always used a drum machine, which could theoretically make them Industrial Symphonic Black Metal, but I really couldn't care less. The drums serve their purpose and keep a steady, rumbling pace of blast beats and double-bass, and actually sound quite organic anyways. The guitars, once again as in lots of SBM, are withdrawn and reduced to static, textural tones of distortion, which, along with the sizzle of the cymbals, provide a very shearing treble sound that I suppose provide some sense of the traditional hazy, grim Black Metal atmosphere at some parts, but mostly the guitar serves to support the keyboards.
One thing I've noticed about playing this release is that it just does not work during the daytime. The atmosphere evokes such a strong feeling of darkness and biting cold which only works during the nighttime. My recommendation: Take a nice, long midnight stroll, under the full moon, with this CD playing in your Walkman.