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CD NOCTUM FINAL SACRIFICE REVIEW

NOCTUM

FINAL SACRIFICE

2013

 

 

BREATHING LIFE INTO DEATH

 

 

We’re getting through a lot of ‘Doom’ recently at the Rockpit and like any genre it has its stars (dark stars maybe), its mainstays and its bandwagon jumpers with little more than Sabbath vinyl collections and black clothes.

 

Noctum is interesting in that whilst you can clearly taste the Sabbath and Pentagram in their sound you also get a real sense of the more mainstream rock of days gone by. For Noctum the riff still holds sway but there’s also a sense of urgency, almost a ‘get to the chorus’ ethic that keeps things moving: and boy do they write some choruses! After listening to this you’ll be like me – trying to make up for lost time.

 

From the opening barrage of ‘Conflagration’ you know that there’s going to be something special here. The riff is sufficiently doomy and the guitars wail as the vocals cut through perfectly it’s a great introduction before the masterstroke that is the single ‘Liberty In Death’ which rides a mile high groove – it’s the sort of accessible Doom-tinged Metal that should appeal to many whatever your particular genre-tastes,

 

The rest of the album is similarly solid and the vocals really elevate this one from what was never going to be run-of-the-mill but ends up being a real treat. Despite the doomy-titles this is a release that might be lyrically dark but musically never enters the quagmire and David Indelof’s vocals are perfect to balance the music his voice rides alongside.  

 

Doom may be very in-vogue at the moment but this is a release that breathes refreshing life into the increasingly downcast genre. Listen to tracks like ‘Void of Emptiness’ or ‘Temple of the Living Dead’ as well as the epic closing track ‘Azoth’ and tell me this isn’t the real thing!

 

 

Leslii Phillips

 

CD NOCTUM FINAL SACRIFICE REVIEW 2013