Secrets of the Moon
ecrets of the Moon are considered one of the leading bands in the German Black Metal scene, not only for their longevity but also for their grasp of the genre. Coupled with a distinct sound and concept, the act stands in a unique position. Described as Surreal, Black, or Occult-Metal, the band does not take on any official classification.Secrets of the Moon formed in 1995 and grew to boast several releases, many of them now sought-after rarities found only in private collections. The discography of the act includes: Unearthed Arcana (1995), Vanitas (1997), a [split w/ Lunar Aurora] in 1999 on Darkwind Records', Bestien In Engelsgestalt (split w/Averse Sefira) also in 1999, Stronghold Of The Inviolables (2000) on the Cicatrix' label, De Musica Mundana (2002) on the Kneel Before The Masters Throne' label, Live In Bitterfield (2002) on Arcana Music', Bestien In Engelsgestalt(split w/ Averse Sefira; 2003) on Spikekult Productions', Carved In Stigmata Wounds (2004) now on Lupus Lounge', as was 2005's The Exhibitions EP and Antithesis (2006).
However, it was not just the band's releases that led it to its current status. Just as decisive is their consistent live-presence. About 30 gigs have been performed thus far , and with these appearances the reputation of Secrets of the Moon as one of the best Black Metal live bands continues to grow.
Current members: Thawn (drums), A.D. (Guitars), Philipp Jonas (Guitars/Vocals; ex-Sagittarius). Former Members: Ohtar (Guitars; 2003), Schizo (guitars; 1995-1996; of Martyrium), Frazer (Drums; 1995-2001), Thelma (Guitars; 2001-2002), Daevas (Bass/Vocals; 1995-2008; of Martyrium). Session players: Cornelius Waldner (Keyboards/Piano; on the album Carved...).