RISING MOON - EUROPEAN ALIENS - METAL FORTRESS
The inaugural release from Metal Fortress is an interesting digi MCD from Italy's Rising Moon. What will come as a surprise to many readers is how the band has two full lengths already to its name. The Underground Review has repeatedly questioned the worth of labels who have no promotion, no tour support and no distribution. Things should pick up for RM though. The current MCD features a band with a mix of riff-oriented and slashing death metal (Brutal Katanic(a) ) and Edge Of Sanity style doom/death (Roswell File) and is already gearing up for a third full length for the winter of 2002. The only criticism that can be leveled is the weak sound which muffles the sharper edges of the music. Take it as an underground release. - Ali "The Metallian"
RISING MOON - DEMO 2003
An Italian trio, formed in 1996, this four song release is meant as a showcase of their sound for labels. Their self-proclaimed love of Swedish death metal is apparent through Death's Colors, They Are As Us, Grind Out and Almost Insignificant, in both the slower and faster aspects. The latter being the title of an album they expect to release by the end of the year. Good sound courtesy of Outer Sound Studios in Rome captures the aforementioned Swedish sound well. As in Canada's Woods of Ypres it is good to hear a sound that is not necessarily 'native' to a country executed proficiently by a band. D'Annibale Carmine, Via Macinini, 66020 Villa Caldari Di Ortona (CH), Italy firstname.lastname@example.org www.risingmoon.it. - Sheila Wes Det
RISING MOON - FOR THE REMAINED TIME - METAL FORTRESS
Whether the odd English of the band's album name is intentional is doubtful. What is not uncertain is the band's influence, namely Edge Of Sanity. The duo of Carmine and Angelo have listened well to everything EOS and resurrect many of the same melodies, riffs, sounds and even vocals. Shades of later My Dying Bride, Dismember and Anathema also creep into the proceedings, plus worthless electronic samples, but the bulk of the band's material is influenced by one band. This album was announced for quite some time ago and whether this is a re-release or just a massively delayed release has to take a back seat to the band's follower status and odd choice of sounds. The vocals are harsh and the production average. PS: Here is an original idea: a hidden track! - Anna Tergel