Review: Duister Maanlicht - Influisteringen van de Duivel

Barry Wolfer
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Band: Duister Maanlicht (opens new window)

Album: Influisteringen van de Duivel

Genre: Black metal

Label: Christian Metal Underground Records (opens new window) (Vision of God Records (opens new window))

Release Date: October 22, 2021

Album length: 39 Minutes

Track List:

  1. ​ Verweerd en Zwartgeblakerd
  2. ​ Ketterjacht
  3. ​ Platvloers en Plompverloren
  4. ​ Bedriegers, Kwakzalvers, die Verdoemde Hekserij!
  5. ​ Ontaard, Zedeloos en Goddeloos
  6. ​ Volksverlakkerij
  7. ​ Het Oog van de Storm
  8. ​ De Alruin

Who should listen: For fans of Horde, Antestor, Elgibbor, Hortor, Skald In Veum

OVERVIEW

Though having been on the Dutch black metal scene since 2000, Duister Maanlicht has only recently come out of a long hibernation. Having undergone numerous lineup changes over the decades and now pared down to one member, Duister Maanlicht is back in full force with another full-length album. Though released through a Christian label, DM no longer considers themselves an evangelical Christian band (they consider themselves to be an anti-pagan band). Sung entirely in Dutch, the translated lyrics check out as fitting in with Christian theology, even if they aren’t explicitly Christian per se.

ALBUM BREAKDOWN

Theme

The general theme of this album is about evil. Humanity perpetrates all sorts of evil — even done in the name of God — but what response do we offer? Are we fighting evil using evil methods, or do we rise above the evil through our response? This album rails against the perversity of mankind and our desire to place ourselves in the center of the universe above even God.

Music

The backbone of Influisteringen is black metal, but there are other influences noted. In particular, there is a strong resemblance to punk in the percussion section. Some parts of the album sound like a punk record amped up to black metal levels. This is a nice departure from the more classic black metal sound and helps give some of the songs a more bouncy/thrashy feel.

Verweerd en Zwartgeblakerd, the opening track, breaks into a classic-rock-esque interlude, which for extreme metal is daring. This derring-do sprinkled in pays off nicely, producing variety and punch and making it a favorite of the album. Though these musical surprises aren’t evenly distributed throughout the album, falling mainly in the first half, they are welcome and make the songs feel fresh and more alive.

The back half of the album starts to drag with a more repetitive sound and feel, but overall, though Influisteringen has a classic sound, it also has several connections to other genres giving it a fresher feel rather than a I’ve-heard-this-all-before sound.

Sometimes the drums are front and center, as when the punk tones come shining through, but other times the drums are so understated that it’s hard to discern their presence. This mostly works fine, so it’s not a major issue.

The vocals are higher pitched, which is to be expected given the genre, but they don’t rise to screechy, piercing levels. I would say they fall into more of a frog-croaking tone, if that makes sense.

ANALYSIS

I really like the outside influences on Influisteringen. Those influences help the listener better engage with the music and make the album feel more well-rounded and complete. Conversely, the back half of this album misses those influences and flourishes, leaving the album feeling a bit stale as it finishes off. Because there are only eight songs on this album, it seems it would have worked better to leave off two of the songs and make this an EP, giving Duister Maanlicht more time to let a couple of the songs simmer on the backburner to develop the richness of their flavors.

CONCLUSION

Despite the standard-sound back half, Influisteringen van de Duivel is a solid album and well worth listening to. I applaud Heidendoder’s hard work in releasing a second album in as many years. Writing and performing two albums in two years all by himself is no easy feat, and I hope you check out his finished product and bounce along to his punk-influenced, black metal, anti-evil album.

FAVORITE TRACKS

Verweerd en Zwartgeblakerd and Ketterjacht on account of their uniqueness in the album.


Rating: 8/10