Under a Funeral Moon

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Under a Funeral Moon
Darkthrone - Under a Funeral Moon.jpg
Studio album by Darkthrone
Released 24 June 1993
Recorded June 1992 at Creative Studios
in Kolbotn, Norway
Genre Black metal
Length 40:37
Label Peaceville
Producer Darkthrone
Darkthrone chronology
A Blaze in the Northern Sky
(1992)
Under a Funeral Moon
(1993)
Transilvanian Hunger
(1994)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]
Sputnikmusic 5/5 stars[2]

Under a Funeral Moon is the third studio album by Norwegian black metal band Darkthrone. It was recorded in June 1992 and released in June 1993 by Peaceville Records. Under a Funeral Moon was the last album on which guitarist Zephyrous (Ivar Enger) performed; he left the band shortly after its release.

Background[edit]

Darkthrone's previous album, A Blaze in the Northern Sky, is regarded as their first black metal album, although some have noted death metal traits[3] and Fenriz stated that after the abrupt style change, if A Blaze in the Northern Sky "would be PURE black metal, it would only have 3 songs".[4] He claimed that they began writing Under a Funeral Moon in late 1991 with the goal of creating a "pure black metal album".[5]

Production[edit]

The album was recorded at Creative Studios in Kolbotn during June 1992. The studio production was toned down to achieve a sound that was more "cold" and "grim".[5] AllMusic journalist Eduardo Rivadavia described the album's sound: "The record's songs—already shorter and more focused than those of its epic-filled predecessor—were absolutely buried under disfiguring cobwebs of fuzzy amp distortion that effectively made them sound and feel like third-generation cassette copies".[1]

Release[edit]

Under a Funeral Moon was released on 24 June 1993 by Peaceville Records. The person appearing on the cover artwork is vocalist Nocturno Culto. He regards the album, its writing and its recording as the foundation for Darkthrone's later work.[5]

Reissue[edit]

The album was remastered and reissued by Peaceville in 2003, repackaged in a cardboard digipak. It was also released by Back on Black in the form of a limited edition (2000 copies) picture disc LP. The third chapter of a four-part video interview with Fenriz and Nocturno Culto (spanning the first four albums) was included as bonus material.


Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Natassja in Eternal Sleep" 3:33
2. "Summer of the Diabolical Holocaust" 5:18
3. "The Dance of Eternal Shadows" 3:43
4. "Unholy Black Metal" 3:30
5. "To Walk the Infernal Fields" 7:50
6. "Under a Funeral Moon" 5:06
7. "Inn i de dype skogers favn" ("Into the Deep Woods' Embrace") 5:25
8. "Crossing the Triangle of Flames" 6:12
Total length: 40:37


Credits[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Rivadavia, Eduardo. "Under a Funeral Moon – Darkthrone". AllMusic. Retrieved 23 September 2012. 
  2. ^ http://www.sputnikmusic.com/review/2647/Darkthrone-Under-a-Funeral-Moon/
  3. ^ A Blaze in the Northern Sky (video interview). 2003.
  4. ^ Fenriz: DARKTHRONE BIOGRAPHY AND VIDEO CLIPS, 21 November 2009, accessed on 25 September 2012.
  5. ^ a b c "Darkthrone – The Interview – Chapter 3: Under a Funeral Moon (from Preparing for War Boxset) – YouTube". YouTube. 18 November 2009. Retrieved 23 September 2012.