on 7 May 2004
Limbonic art is comprised of two members, while the drums are created thanks to the aid of a drum-machine. Moon in the Scorpio is their debut album and is everything that black metal scorned at the time, coupling ferocious guitars and light-quick drums to majestic symphonies. The bassis non-existent in this album, the two members preferring to use the guitars to build up a wall of sound. Every song lasts over 6 minutes, the vocals veer between traditional black metal shrieks and baritonal choruses reminiscent of Ulver.
The production is impeccable, creating the right balance between guitars, drum-machine, vocals and synthesizer and conjuring up a decadent atmosphere.
The stand-out track, although every single song is majestic in itself, is the first one, "Beyond the candles burning".
The only reason I give it (only) 4 stars is to differentiate it from their follow up, "In abhorrence Dementia" that managed to top it. This is the perfect album for you whether you like old-school black metal with melodic influences or whether you prefer Dimmu Borgir and their like's more violent and disturbing parts.
on 9 January 2015
The album is magnificent, and it should deserve a 5 stars score...
...sadly this Candlelight edition has some serious faults.
"Incorrect tracks list on back cover and CD text:
1. Beneath The Burial Surface
2. Moon In The Scorpio
3. Through Gleams Of Death
4. In Mourning Mystique
5. Beyond The Candles Burning
6. Darkzone Martyrium
7. The Dark Rivers Of The Heart (Bonus Track)
The actual disk plays the unlisted interlude "Overture: Nocturne" twice: at the end of track 3 and again on track 4. "Beyond The Candles Burning" is omitted altogether."
Information quoted from discogs (http://www.discogs.com/Limbonic-Art-Moon-In-The-Scorpio/release/2719726). I played the CD myself and "Beyond The Candles Burning" is NOT present anywhere in the CD.
Beware, do not buy this edition, buy the Nocturnal Art edition somewhere else.
on 12 February 2012
There was one track missing from the CD ("beyond the candles burning") and problem with two more:
at the end of track 3 another song was starting and then stopped. Track 4 was the song that started at the end of track 3 and which stopped after a few minutes, just like it happened at track 3. then track 5 which was track 4 had a volume problems.