|Review: Nahash - Nocticula Hecate|
Label: Inferna Profundus Records
Year released: 2007
Originally released in: 1994
Genre: Black Metal
Review online: May 18, 2008
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Rated 4/5 (80%) (1 Vote)
Nocticula Hecate is a remastered version of the 1994 demo of the same name. This is some rather basic, sometimes primitive Black Metal that's accompanied by keyboards giving it an occasional hint of melody. The vocals are particularly of note here - some twisted abysmal BM screeches that sound like a mix of Nocternity and Mjölnir, which help create a sort of demoniac atmosphere. The music itself is far from virtuoso style, which is bound to rejoice those looking for some extremely basic, twisted BM. Mostly slow to mid-paced, with a scratchy sound that makes it sound like an old damaged vinyl record playing on a turntable that has seen better days, the music is overall a little bit monotonous, with a few distinguishing passages such as the speedy beginning of the second track (which follows an ambient intro.) Monotonous, but not boring - the album has a slow doomy feel to it, which adds a feeling of hopelessness to the atmosphere. Only the keyboards bring in a little "shine" from time to time - it sounds a little out of place, but not to the point of hurting the album. Listening to this album, I couldn't help but think of a raw, primitive version of Nocternity. It's all in the atmosphere, and these guys do it right.
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