Record of the Week: 13th Moon – Abhorrence of Light

Limited vinyl edition available from Todestrieb Records distro


A kaleidoscope of the death arts. Like other spiritually fixated death metal-influenced bands you’ll hear echoes of INCANTATION, MYSTIFIER, BLASPHEMY, BEHERIT… deep cavernous grinding (in sound, not speed) and repetitive riffs. There are also occasional European death metal touches. But above all is the smokey atmosphere of ritual with careful attention paid to ambience. It comes close to obscuring the music with a cold, distant production; but never buries the music – which is absolutely worth exploring. An excellent first album, promising much for the future! 4/5