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Sun Dethroned (2018)

Reviewed: 12/10/2018

Moonshade are a Portuguese band that have been influenced by Nordic melodic death metal, mostly by the Insomnium / Dark Tranquillity / Eternal Tears Of Sorrow school. It is all in: Melancholic mood and beautiful melodies together with beastly vocals and leaden heaviness. Even though the band was initiated already in 2010, the debut full-length album 'Sun Dethroned' was released in October 2018 (a very suitable month for music like this, for sure). Moonshade are really fond with the Nordic sound, because they did not bring in lighter and warmer Mediterranean elements. Only some synthesizer work does remind of the area where the band comes from, and by that I do not mean any digitized castanets, but ethereal yet not chilly sounds reminiscent of Rotting Christ or Moonspell. They should have ...

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