Tracks 1 and 2 were originally released on cassette as the self-titled EP in 2009. Recorded during March-April 2009 by Blackgoat. Guest vocals on Ghostforest Part II by Lord Satanachia. Guest guitar by Haraldmentor.
Tracks 3 to 9 are a previously unreleased rehearsal recording from 15 October 2009.
MOON ORACLE was formed by Sûrya-Ishtara and U after spending years searching for their own sound with previous bands. Later on, Harald Mentor was asked to fill the role of vocalist, knowing his abilities from such acts as Ride for Revenge, Incriminated and Uskonrauha, among many others. Thus formed, MOON ORACLE began their first recording in earnest.
Now, that first recording arrives in nearly full-length form with the 26-minute Muse of the Nightside. Aptly titled, Muse of the Nightside reveals MOON ORACLE as astute auctioneers of pure-yet-idiosyncratic metal, equally informed by archaic black metal and eldritch doom, all bass-heavy crunge and wild tribal drumming. And yet, these essentially lunar reflections stem from the need to reiterate their darker, violent energies into expressive form: intense, irascible, derelict, dire. Sonically, then, the album explores that battleground between the Id and the Ego – barbaric primitivism ripped asunder and reshaped into ghoulishly avant-garde shapes.
Ultra morbid sepulchral Black Metal from Bogota, Columbia. Fittingly named after a local cemetery for the excommunicated, Tapias De Pilatos sounds like possessed cadavers rising from the dead after centuries. The vocals are totally dead, creaking tales of the moribund in Spanish, and the production is dry as deceased flesh turning into dust in eternal darkness. This work is an evocation of human evil, inspired by terrifying stories from Bogota and Colombia. The history of the band dates all the way back to 1994, yet their only release prior to this is a 1999 demo that didn’t see it’s real release until 2019. Without sounding retro nor following any current streams pestering the underground, on their 2022 debut album Cementerio de Excomulgados they conjure back the spirit of times when Black Metal meant something truly demonic, scary and above all: original.
1998 – 2002 pre-Goatmoon material, Usva with BlackGoat GraveDesecrator and both bands with a whole lot of other folks who later served in the band, a couple of songs that ended up in Goatmoon set and most importantly: merciless, ice cold classic Finnish black metal sounds exhumed for further consumption. 2022 cd re release of the demo compilation originally unleashed in 2010.