Thursday, March 28, 2013

Nocturne/Ave Noctem/Do Or Die Records/2013 CD Review



  Nocturne  are  a  1  man  band  from  Chicago,  Illinois  that  plays  a  very  progressive  form  of  black/death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2013  album  "Ave  Noctem"  which  was  released  by  Do  Or  Die  Records.

  Drums  range  from  slow,  mid  paced  drumming  with  not  much  in  the  way  of  fast  playing  or  blast  beats,  while  the  bass  playing  has  a  very  strong  and  powerful  sound  with  heavy  riffing  that  dominates  throughout  the  recording.

  Rhythm  guitars  range  from  slow  to  mid  paced  blackened  death  metal  riffs  that  utilize  a  good  amount  of  progressive  elements  and  melody  in  the  riffing  as  well  as  some  traditional  metal  elements,  while  the  lead  guitars  when  they  are  utilized  are  very  melodic  sounding  black  metal  guitar  solos  and  leads  as  for  the  acoustic guitars  when  they  are  utilized  they  use  full  chords  to  add  more  progressive  elements  to  the  recording.

  Vocals  are  mostly  blackened  death  metal  screams  and  growls  along  with  a  brief  use  of  clean  singing,  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  themes,  as  for  the  production  it  has  a  very  strong,  powerful,  heavy  and  dark  sound  where  you  can  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording  with  some  of  the  songs  being  long  and  epic  in  length.

  In  my  opinion  Nocturne  are  a  very  great  sounding  progressive  hybrid  of  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Prodigious  Plight"  "Pain  Of  Purity"  and  "The  Abyss".  RECOMMENDED  BUY.