Hunters Moon

The Serpents Lust EP

Written by: EW on 11/11/2009 22:31:41

Hunters Moon are the relatively recent project of one J. Eradicator and a man who goes by the name of Lust, members of Aussie bands Denouncement Pyre and Nocturnal Graves, two other bands whom have yet to make any great waves in the underground. Like those other two bands Hunters Moon are based primarily in the black metal field but unlike the others here we are looking at a Bathory-inspired 'epic' black metal style, defined by the echoing and reverbing guitar sound that Quorthon himself used to great effect around the time of "Under The Sign Of The Black Mark" and "Blood Fire Death". Being an EP of just 21 minutes there is not much time to fully study Hunters Moon's style but in mixing prime era Bathory with epic influences from Primordial, Morrigan and Deströyer 666 the end result is certainly greater than anticipated.

The mixing of Bathory and Deströyer 666 dominates through tracks like "A Light In The Abyss" and the title track "The Serpents Lust" (not good on apostrophes are this band), being black metal in name but far from typically black metal in nature. The performance may not be ground-breaking but with the length of the EP as it is tracks like these carry enough weight to warrant their very existence, still being very much listenable after a few spins of the EP. Unlike Morrigan who made the career choice to closely stick to the Bathory sound, Hunters Moon are more than mere clones of the Swedish God, a fact which is best marked in the closing "Last Rites", a short Primordial influenced instrumental that could lead the band down an intriguing direction should they decide to exploit this feeling further on future releases.

"The Serpents Lust" EP doesn't want for much and doesn't take much in return, but in its very simplistic nature and quasi-Bathory ways its retains an endearing element, giving me the sense that I like it more than it's actual merited worth and will be rather tempted to give it a quick spin occasionally now this review is completed.


Download: The Serpents Lust, A Light In The Abyss
For The Fans Of: Bathory, Morrigan, Primordial
Listen: Myspace

Release date: 08.09.2009
Hell’s Headbangers Records

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