Symphonic so-called black metal has many adherents and one example is Luna Ad Noctum - fans of anything related to the moon. The band’s full-time keyboardist, however, was not replaced when he left the fold three years into the band’s existence in 2001. Flumen was the band’s session keyboardist on the next two releases.
The band issued a demo called Moonlit Sanctum in 2000 and consequently signed to the fledgling Pagan Records of Poland. The debut was recorded at Selani studio in Olsztyn where the likes of Behemoth and Vader had worked. The record was licensed to Scotland’s Golden Lake Productions, which modified the album’s booklet. The band’s rhythm section worked with Devilish Impressions in 2005, but the association was not long-term. A series of shows and festivals were cancelled in 2007 - and in 2008 - although a short tour of Poland did kick off 2008.
In 2012, Massacre Records signed Poland's Luna Ad Noctum. The band's next album, Hypnotic Inferno, would be released in February of 2013.
LUNA AD NOCTUM - THE PERFECT EVIL IN MORTAL - METAL MIND
Luna Ad Noctum has killer riffs, incredible drumming and guitars, a genuinely powerful singer and a world-class production. So, why is the band’s third album rated 'only' a seventy out of a maximum of one hundred? That in a moment. The Polish quartet (oddly the biography and the album itself differ on the members’ list) proves for the last time that bands like Vader and Behemoth are not a flash in the pan and that Poland has superb metal beasts in every sub-genre of which one can think. Leaning heavily on late Immortal and adding its own subtle guitar tones, Luna Ad Noctum is a force to be reckoned with. Song after song presents a group of skilled musicians armed with such tightness that bands three times as old would stand in awe. Unfortunately though, all is not well in paradise. The band uses keyboards. While not aggressive in its misuse and nowhere near as loud as bands like Dimmu Borgir and Old Man’s Child the Sunday church sound does indeed exist. Also, but not quite as dire, the group shuns solos. A few leads, the exile of the keyboardist and the band would gain twenty points and dethrone the best of Sweden and beyond. - Ali “The Metallian”