Noctu are a solo project from Italy that plays an atmospheric mixture of black and funeral doom metal and this is a review of his 2020 album "Gelidae Mortis Imago" which was released by Transcending Obscurity Records.
Water drops start off the album along with some synths a couple of minutes later that also use a variety of many different sounding keys as well as mixing in with the heavier sections of the music. A great portion of the tracks are also very long and epic in length along with the guitar solos and leads also being done in a very melodic style.
Elements of funeral doom metal can also be heard in the slower and heavier sections of the music while the vocals are mostly high pitched black metal screams. Dark sounding melodies can also be heard in some of the guitar riffing along with every track having a brief intro which also gives the recording more of an avant garde feeling and the whole album also sticks to a slower musical direction and on the closing track melodic chants can also be heard briefly.
On this recording Noctu mixes atmospheric black metal into his style of funeral doom metal to take his sound to a new level. The production sounds very dark and heavy while the lyrics are written in Italian and cover sorrow, negativity, suicidal feelings, self harm and darkness themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Noctu and if you are a fan of atmospheric black and funeral doom metal, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Fitte Tenebre (le Radici Dell' Inferno)" and "Isolato Da Un Mondo Senza Speranza". 8 out of 10.
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