TITLE: December Moon
STYLE: Black Metal, Death Metal
LABEL: Bootleg Black Metal
Unofficial Ltd. to 666 copies edition of a high quality version of "December Moon", plus rough "Rehearsal Tracks".
Founded in the end of 1986 by Per Ohlin (aka "Dead" of Mayhem) and "Slator" (identity unknown), MORBID was one of the pioneering metal bands in the Swedish extreme metal scene. The band's career was nevertheless very short as the group started to split apart already after the recording of their debut demo "December Moon" in 1987 when guitarist John Hagstrom left the band. This was the beginning of the end for the group as also Ohlin left soon after and moved to Norway to join MAYHEM.
Usually, listening to a demo requires lowering your expectations. The contents of demos tend to be made up mostly of material expected to be on a forthcoming album, usually as a way to show off the ideas a band has before they tighten up the structures and polish their performances and the production. As such, they tend to be a bit lacking, especially compared to subsequent fuller-bodied versions of the songs. Going into this release, however, requires no such precautions. Production issues and rough execution aside, December Moon is just as hard and is just as well-composed as any full-length from the early days of Sweden's death metal scene.
Morbid is perhaps the greatest could-have-been in metal history. This release is only a demo and already the band’s talent was plainly visible, shining extremely bright for a band that was around for such a short time. Also one must consider this was recorded in 1987 and was one of only few at that time innovating what is now known as the black metal / death metal scene. Employing a sound that sat squarely on the fence between thrash and the Swedish approach to death metal that was only just coming into being at the time, as well as foreshadowing Norway's black metal scene in the vocal department, December Moon is a gem, capturing a glimpse of one genre-straddling band's formidable skill before its premature demise. Mourn not this band's quick dissolution, sad though it may be. Celebrate the fact that we're blessed with this brief but monumental opus.TRACK LIST:
1 My Dark Subconscious 4:41
2 Wings Of Funeral 3:47
3 From The Dark 6:00
4 Disgusting Semla 3:17
5 My Dark Subconscious
6 Wings Of Funeral
7 Tragic Dream/From The Dark
10 Disgusting Semla