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Review: Noctem - Exilium

Label: Art Gates Records
Year released: 2014
Duration: 46:17
Tracks: 10
Genre: Black/Thrash

Rating: 3.5/5

Review online: July 3, 2014
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
Readers Rating

Rated 3.5/5 (70%) (6 Votes)

Spanish Black/Death Metal horde Noctem is here again, unleashing more hell upon us.

Exilium is the title of Noctem's third album and it's a really well-crafted affair. To me, Noctem have always been the Spanish version of Poland's Behemoth and my opinion hasn't changed much after hearing Exilium as these Spanish Black/Death Metal warriors have pretty much stuck to elements similar to those you can find on Behemoth's recent releases. Those would be a blend of violent and surprisingly vicious Black and Death Metal, with some Thrash thrown in, spiced with a few unusual breaks, harmonies and sampled effects here and there. All this makes Exilium worth your attention and you'll notice that Noctem have tried to put together their most intense and punishing album yet.

The instruments are in perfect balance, e.g. the guitars don't overpower the drums or vice versa. It is obvious the production got some extra attention, which, of course, is a good thing.

Noctem have become one of the most noteworthy flag bearers of Black/Death Metal from Spain over the past few years and the band's third outing, Exilium, is more proof of that. Killer record. Get it.

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