Friday, April 26, 2019
Nocturnus AD : "Paradox"
Sometimes there sound takes on a more angular feel. "Procession of the Equinoxes" is more focused in it's aggression to the point that it establishes some solid head banging grooves.The vocals are not this albums strong point. I think if they had more menace it might make certain passages feel less awkward. The guitars and drums are capable of doing the heavy lifting, the phrasing of the vocals would help smooth it out song wise."Return of the Lost Key" tries to pick up where the first album left off. Some of the more intricate noodling guitar parts are not as powerful as the more direct approach. The vocals do take on more of a snarl on this one which is an improvement.
There are several moments that remind me of a death metal version of Coroner . "Apotheosis" is one of them. I think some of the more progressive grooves work best on this song. "Aeon of the Ancient Ones " takes on a darker and more traditional side of death metal. Chaos only breaks out around the guitar solos. With an old school ethic to song writing they are very compact and pack most songs in at under seven minutes. So not much time is wasted on atmosphere. The guitars are technically sound, but also pretty mean when they want to be. I'll round this album up to a 9 and see how it grows on me. It is being released on Profound Lore.