CD review LUNAR SHADOW ‘Wish to Leave’

Lunar Shadow from Siegen, Germany began in 2014 a journey through the sound worlds of heavy metal, which so far includes three episodes. It all started with ‘Triumphator’, a self-released EP that helped the guys seal a deal with Cruz Del Sur. Since then, the five guys from North Rhine-Westphalia have been releasing a new album every second year, a rhythm they keep even in Corona times.

Two years after ‘The Smokeless Fires’ has been unveiled, the guys are back with ‘Wish to Leave’ and what we get to hear is surprising. Band founder Max Birbaum has given Lunar Shadow a radical transformation. The quintet clearly reduces the metal influences and turns with ‘Wish to Leave’ to a clearly rockier focus. One could almost assume that the title is part of the package – wish to leave the metal roots and heading for new horizons called post-rock.

Lunar Shadow’s latest album is dark and in a certain way melancholic, reflecting the atmosphere of a night walk through the big cities, a moment when the sparkling and colorful advertising lights are switched off and everything is reflected in the pale gray light of the street lights.

With a total of six songs and 36 minutes, Lunar Shadow have not exactly created an album of excessive length. Nevertheless, each of the songs knows how to please and lives from its emotional depth. Of course, wild guitar solos are still present, which are in contrast to the more peaceful passages like in ‘ I Will Lose You ‘.

‘Wish to Leave’ is an interesting album that shows a band in transition. Although the musical pillars are still solidly anchored, new elements are added which are indicative for the future. Fans who like the previous albums should certainly give the record a listen before buying it. It is good music by all means.

Rating: 8 out of 10.

Tracklist:

  1. Serpents Die
  2. Delomelanicon
  3. I Will Lose You
  4. To Dusk and I Love You
  5. And Silence Screamed
  6. The Darkness Between The Stars

Label: Cuz Del Sur

Genre: Post Rock

Release Date EU: March 19th, 2021

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