MetalBite Review by Tomek on 3/24/2014
are a blackened death metal band from Valencia Ė Spain. Exilium
is their latest effort and the last part of the conceptual trilogy that also contains albums Divinity
. I havenít had the chance to listen to the previous two, but after Exilium
Iím bound to get all three in my collection. Noctem
strikes me as a band complete, a band with a clear vision and passion for extreme. Music, imagery, lyrics, attire- everything meshes into an absolute brute ready to conquer and reign.
I have to admit that while listening to the intro I was a little skeptical. It wasnít that I was expecting anything after being introduced to the album by sheer power of Eidolon
, it sounded good but it didnít sound evil enough for me. The feeling got quickly erased with the first riffs and a sound of guitar from the first track and I have to say that from that point I knew that this album is going to be belligerent, demolishing and enticing. Listening to the album for the last couple of days showed me that Noctem
is ready to lead the pack. Everything here has its place and everything that happens, happens for a reason. Guitar sound is something that catches you by the ear and I donít think there is anybody out there that sounds even remotely similar. Itís not just the sound though; riffs and melodies are intertwined with majestic choirs; acoustic melodies and grandiose orchestrations are pieced together to build this extreme creature that seems to want to swallow you whole once you get close to it. Remarkably tight drumming and fat rumble of the bass are brilliantly positioned in the mix to accentuate and somewhat spotlight the demonic and brutally exquisite vocals. All of it recorded with an astonishing quality and unquestionably ready to make your ears bleed. Noctem
created an album that is a soundtrack to destruction, carnage and murder. If two earlier releases are anything like the piece I have here, the whole trilogy is something that any metalhead is going to be bound to check out if not own.
If it comes to extreme kinds of metal Noctem
is a masterpiece that is going to be the one to match in the future. Very intelligent and exquisitely aggressive, it showcases the band in its prime. Extreme metal supported by strong lyrics, demonic imagery and warpath attire. A band that is ready to sit on the blackest throne and rule all.
Categorical Rating Breakdown
Rating: 8.6 out of 10