'Lunar Aurora could not have picked a better title for this release ("Mond" being German for "moon"). When you think of the moon, how do you categorize it? It's a solid, cold, thick, dense rock floating and orbiting all by itself. That's exactly how this album feels, and there's no mistaking that.
"Mond" sounds similar to "Elixir of Sorrow", but this release hits a lot harder, heavier, and has a more unforgiving atmosphere. Anyone who has heard Darkthrone's "Blaze in the Northern Sky" will see a connection between the two. The track "Aufgewacht" is a prime example of what I mean - the drumming and guitar riffs could've easily been found on that Darkthrone album. I immediately thought of Darkthrone when I heard that track. Of course, even if you hated that "Blaze..." you might find something worthwhile in "Mond". For one, the album is a bit easier on the ears, still fairly melodic, and has a very clean production. For all intents and purposes, "Mond" is probably the least melodic, or symphonic of Lunar Aurora's work. (And this is including their final release).
The guitars have a heavy crunch and the complex riffs carry themselves out through each song. Drums are violent sounding, but there are never any blast beats or efforts to compromise the atmosphere Lunar Aurora have tried to create. In general, the vocals are deep, very masculine sounding, and, well, solid. There are really no major faults with the instrumentation that goes on in "Mond." And the production is the clearest of the Lunar Aurora discography thus far, so there's no issues there. (Not that perfect production is always a plus, though, but for "Mond"'s sake, the production only helps it).
The middle tracks can be considered the melodic ones. "Rastlos", "Schwarze Winde", "Heimkehr", and "Welk" all follow a similar formula - an assault of noise in the beginning and throughout the song supplemented with some melodic keyboard/synth parts that flow into the background. It doesn't sound that interesting, but none of the tracks really suffer mediocrity and it adds to the organization of the compositions. But I don't mean that in a generic way.
Once again, you can't really accuse Lunar Aurora of false advertising on "Mond". The last track "Grimm" certainly something else. Anything that's harsh, bitter, fierce, dark, and frostbitten with a wintry coat can be found in this track. Around after the 4 minute mark, there's a very unforgiving sounding slow down in the piece that really adds to the cold atmosphere. Also, after the 8 minute mark, there are some really eerie spoken (though harsh sounding) vocals that certainly should not be missed by the listener. It's far from cheesy.
As I've said it, "Mond" is simply a very solid album with no real faults. It would've been nice to see some more interludes in the album, like "Groll", but that's just my personal opinion and certainly many would disagree. The amount of tracks is sufficient enough such that the listener won't be disappointed that there isn't enough, nor would they be unhappy that there would be too much filler. The only potential problem with "Mond" is that there are other releases from different bands that create such an atmosphere even better, but for the most part, Lunar Aurora's "Mond" is an excellent contender with other cold sounding black metal bands. It would be a damn shame if you didn't at least hear it.'