Lunar Ascension is the follow up to the impressive Through Lunar Gateways, which I really enjoyed. As it turned out, we didn’t have to wait too long for a full length release after all, and here it is.
On Lunar Ascension we are gifted with 40 minutes of apocalyptic new material. It’s dark and sinister, and seems to suck all light and hope from its surroundings like some form of spectral black hole.
The artist behind this project seems to have a great ability to say a lot with minimal run time. Although this is music that feels epic and expansive in scope and range, only two tracks exceed 5 minutes, and none last longer than 6. He’s also creative and inventive with his songwriting, crafting atmospheric songs that are highly affecting as their darkness unfolds. Some of the riffs are chilling and cosmically macabre.
The music is occult, dissonant, and atmospheric; these songs contain a lot of depth and substance. The grim majesty of the first EP is replicated and refined on Lunar Ascension, and the promise shown early on is exceeded masterfully.
This is confident and bold, and delivers music that’s both striking and nuanced. If you’re a fan of the blackened arts, then there’s no reason that you shouldn’t be checking out Ars Magna Umbrae as soon as you can.