|Review: Noctem - Oblivion|
Label: Metal Blade Records
Year released: 2011
Review online: January 5, 2012
Reviewed by: Christopher Foley
Rated 3.67/5 (73.33%) (9 Votes)
This is album number two for Spanish lunatics Noctem. For the uninitiated, the band play a brand of death/thrash fused with some black metal aggression. Comparisons could easily be drawn to Polish acts such as Behemoth or Azarath, however Noctem aren't quite as impressive.
Still, Oblivion is a slice of vitriolic, spiked death/thrash with boat loads of clicky double kick drums, Arch Enemy-style guitar leads here and there, and some nicely articulated guitar riffs. This is quite modern, and of course quite blasty, and I think from the description here potential fans could quickly identify whether Oblivion is worth picking up.
So, a quick outweigh of the pros and cons. Pros: perfectly aggressive, some very well articulated guitar riffs, good control of tempo and to an extent dynamics, as well as some cool black metal-style parts. Cons: the vocals are a little too modern, not to mention being eclectic in style and delivery across the album, and the clicking drums can become overbearing at times. Overall, fans of acts such as Behemoth, Fleshgod Apocalypse, and even Divine Heresy would do well to give this a look; however those outside the style won't find anything to write home about.
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