Lunar Shadow are a band from Germany that plays a mixture of traditional and melodic black metal and this is a review of their 2019 album "The Smokeless Fires" which will be released in June by Cruz Del Sur Music.
Fire burning and classical music style keyboards start off the album before adding some melodic guitar leads onto the recording while a great portion of the tracks are very long and epic in length. During the faster sections of the songs you can also hear some blast beats and elements of speed metal.
Throughout the recording you can also hear a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts while the fast tremolo picking riffs are heavily rooted in black metal. Vocals are mostly clean traditional metal vocals and all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them.
A lot of the music is very heavily rooted in the 80's while the black metal elements gives the songs a more up to date feeling. Acoustic, classical guitars and clean playing can also be heard in certain sections of the recording along with a brief use of nature sounds as well as some tracks also adding in a touch of post punk and as the album progresses a brief use of female vocals can also be heard. The production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover sorrow, love, loneliness, sex, perseverance and power themes.
In my opinion Lunar Shadow are a very great sounding mixture of heavy and melodic black metal and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Catch Fire" "Pretend" and "Hawk of The Hills". 8 out of 10.