'For the past few years, it would not have been contumelious to mark black metal with anything more than a gravestone. The genre had seemingly swallowed itself with an onslaught of "new" offerings which were, in retrospect, nothing more than depthless images of those the members worshipped. Black metal, in staying true to its own ideals, has always been doomed to become a stagnant genre. Even now, though, there are bands who stand in the face of traditional and most modern black metal, with a proud fist clenched. At the forefront of this seemingly avant-garde movement of new Occult bands: Secrets of the Moon.
The band came into existence in 1995 after Daevas had left the early German black metal band Martyrium. Hailing from Osnabrueck, Germany, the band had self-released two demos and a promo tape before their first label release on Darkwind Records, a split 7 inch EP with another infamous German band, Lunar Aurora. Two years later saw the release of their first full-length album, Stronghold of the Inviolables on Sombre Records. The band has also taken part in a well-known series of split albums called Black Metal Endsieg, from which they can be heard on the third volume with the track Leichengott. Their current label has seen the release of all the band's material since 2004, including the now highly esteemed album, Carved in Stigmata Wounds.
Now with their newest offering, Antithesis, Secrets of the Moon releases one of the most intense works of art seen from the black metal genre in some years. Using a progressive approach, with songs being up to as long as eight and a half minutes, the band paints a picture with a beautiful soundscape of epic melodies fueled by black magick. But this album is not merely just another tribute to the seemingly endless array of bands dedicating themselves to everything dark and magickal.
Antithesis displays an importance for the very foundations that black metal lays upon. Without proper care over the years, any foundation will crack and crumble to pieces. Black metal has been on the verge of this very unraveling, and this album may be the new foundation for which it will rest. This is chaos and balance in perfect harmony and in complete destruction within one another. Secrets of the Moon are paving the way for a new generation of black metal. Every song on this album is filled with a dark, complex beauty that screams of imperative desperation. And while it is known that this release will perhaps not be known as the scream that opened the eyes of all those who follow in its predecessor's footsteps, it almost whispers, "Our beautiful child is dieing, and unless we act now without hesitation, it will surely succumb to the sands of stagnation.."'