Secrets of the Moon
|Secrets of the Moon|
|Genres||Black metal, doom metal|
|Labels||Prophecy Productions, Lupus Lounge|
Secrets of the Moon were founded in 1995. After their first two demos they released a split with the German band Lunar Aurora. Thrawn, who knew the band since the first demo tape, met them the first time in 1997 and played with their vocalist and guitarist sG in another band, joined Secrets of the Moon in 2000 or 2001. Their debut Stronghold of the Inviolables was released in 2001 on LP only. It was rereleased on CD 2002 and 2010, the last re-release contains some bonus tracks of an unfinished album called Thelema Rising. In December 2001, Secrets of the Moon supported Godless North, Krieg and Inquisition on the North American Black Metal Invasion tour dates in Germany.
In 2012 the band recorded Seven Bells, aided by Thomas Gabriel Fischer (Triptykon) and V. Santura (Dark Fortress, Triptykon). The album featured guest appearances by Ulf Theodor Schwadorf (The Vision Bleak, Empyrium), Kvohst (Dødheimsgard, Code, Hexvessel) and Morten Gass (Bohren & der Club of Gore). The band gave no interviews related to the album, refused to promote it and did not want their label to pay for advertising, because they did not want any "bought success". Their first interview since the release was given to German Rock Hard in 2013.
Musical style and ideology
Secrets of the Moon were called "the chameleons of black metal" in German Rock Hard magazine due to their style changes with every album. Although their style changed, Thrawn, who is one of their main songwriters, still has the same influences as when he started making music, like 1990s Swedish death metal. Their second album Carved in Stigmata Wounds, featuring fast as well as slow, doom metal-like passages with keyboards, was compared to Samael. Some parts on Privilegivm, which is more experimental and atmospheric and less accessible, are close to doom metal. Their last album Seven Bells is mostly in mid-tempo and reminds of Thomas Gabriel Fischer's music.
When asked to "sum up Secrets of the Moon's music" and what their music "is all about", Thrawn replied: "Darkness and death", and LSK added "experimentation". Thelemnar names "nature, darkness, Satan" as main influences and recommends to read Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa and Aleister Crowley, whose Gnostic Mass starts the album Carved in Stigmata Wounds. S. Golden also refers to Crowley, occultism and Satanism.
- sG (Phil Jonas) - vocals, guitars, synth
- Thrawn Thelemnar - drums (also in Eudaimony, Dordeduh)
- LSK - bass (also in Vorkreist, Hell Militia, and Antaeus)
- AR (Michael Zech) - guitars, backing vocals (also in Odem Arcarum, Dordeduh)
- Daevas (Lars Plegge) - vocals, bass
- Thelema - guitars, effects
- Frazer (Björn Schünemann) - drums
- Schizo - guitar
- Ohtar (Sven Kjaergaard Jensen) - guitar
- A.D. - guitars
- Unearthed Arcana (Demo, 1995)
- Vanitas (Demo, 1997)
- Auf einer Wanderung durch goldene Sphären (Split with Lunar Aurora, 1999)
- Black Metal Endsieg III (Split with Armagedda, Dark Storm and Bael, 2002)
- Bestien in Engelsgestalt (Split with Averse Sefira, 2003)
- Stronghold of the Inviolables (2001)
- Carved in Stigmata Wounds (2004)
- Antithesis (2006)
- Privilegivm (2009)
- Seven Bells (2012)
- "Condemnation (of the Inferiority) (Unrel. Version)" on Jesus Wept / Black Arts comp #1 (2002)
- "The Protagonist" on Tribute to Dead Can Dance – The Lotus Eaters (with Nostalgia, 2004)
Singles and EPs
- The Exhibitions EP (EP, 2005)
- The Exhibitions EP (EP; Lupus Lounge)
- Them Bones / This Inner Soil (7", 2010)
- The Ambience of a Dead Star (12", 2010)
- Warhead (7", 2011)
- De Musica Mundana (compilation, 2002)
- Live in Bitterfield 2001 (live, 2002)
- The Band, accessed on 22 March 2013.
- Secrets of the Moon Interview, 5 December 2009, accessed on 22 March 2013.
- Secrets Of The Moon TOURDATES ! ! !, accessed on 22 March 2013.
- Andreas Himmelstein: Secrets of the Moon. Pro Tag ein Song. In: Rock Hard, no. 309, February 2013, p. 22.
- Dämon am Steuer. In: Rock Hard, no. 234, accessed on 22 March 2013.
- Bruder Cle: Secrets Of The Moon. Carved In Stigmata Wounds. In: Rock Hard, no. 204, accessed on 22 March 2013.
- Götz Kühnemund: Secrets Of The Moon. Privilegium. In: Rock Hard, no. 268, accessed on 22 March 2013.
- Andreas Himmelstein: Secrets Of The Moon. Seven Bells. In: Rock Hard, no. 300, accessed on 22 March 2013.
- Interview de Secrets of the Moon, accessed on 22 March 2013.
- Philip A. Wickstrand: Secrets of the Moon's T. Thelemnar, 4 June 2010, accessed on 22 March 2013.
- Joe: SECRETS OF THE MOON, June 2004, accessed on 22 March 2013.
- David E. Gehlke: SECRETS OF THE MOON – Solarfall, 30 April 2008, accessed on 22 March 2013.