This Italian cult has been around for a while (though not as long as the legendary Mortuary Drape). This is their fifth LP and debut for the Moribund Cult. For a 2011 release, it certainly sounds old. This album could have come out in the mid-’90s and it would probably have been lost in a sea of other albums just like this. Mid-paced Black Metal with keyboards a-la first EP era Emperor went out of fashion a long time ago, but the venerable cults still practice it. For a musical reference, look up old Ancient (pre-Metal Blade stuff), old Graveland (Carpathian Wolves and Celtic Winter-era), old Behemoth (Return of the Northern Moon-era), (here comes the obscure reference…) both halves of the Satanaquia/Angel of Light split-CD and Drawing Down the Moon-era Beherit. That should give you a good idea what kind of music Abhor plays. The best part of this album is the use of keyboards. Unlike other bands that go for either the minimalistic keyboards or the overblown Wagnerian orchestral sound, Ab Luna Lucenti, Ab Noctua Protecti has a horror movie score quality that sets it apart from so many of the old “Atmospheric Black Metal” bands from back in the heyday of this style. Having listened to stuff just like this for almost two decades, I admit to being a bit jaded because it’s nothing that I haven’t heard before. Still, this is a great album to listen to at night, in the dark and surrounded by burning candles. It has just the right amount of creepiness and evil to capture the atmosphere for your nocturnal rituals.
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