Luna Mortis - The Absence (2009)

Luna Mortis is an American band formed in 2002 under the name of The Ottoman Empire, which they changed in 2008. They are traditionally labeled as progressive metal, but I think gothic/progressive metal is a better description of their music.

This bands musical style is very interesting since they sometimes sound like Arch Enemy with clean female vocals, and the only weak point in my opinion is the  harsh vocals that sound a bit amateurish. Other than that this is a very good release both musically and production wise.

While The Absence is a better produced release, I have to say that is a bit inferior to The Answer Does not Exist (EP) they released under their old name. The music in The Absence is better recorded and layered, but a bit of the technical aspect of the band was lost in the transition. Since most of the guitar parts of The Absence don’t compare to the majority of the guitar work in The Answer Does Not Exists (EP).

From start to finish this album is very solid and showcases an extremely good guitar work that fits the music perfectly and gives the band a very fresh sound that has been carefully crafted after all the years this band has been together.

Band: Luna Mortis Album: The Absence
Label: Century Media Year: 2009
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Genre: Gothic / Progressive Metal

Country: USA

Rating: 90/100

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