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NOCTURNUS

Nocturnus

 

Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

2.03 | 3 ratings

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UMUR
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2 stars Nocturnus is a 2-track, 10:33 minute long EP release by American progressive death metal act Nocturnus. The EP was released in 1993 by Moribund Records. The EP was originally released on 7´inch vinyl, but was re-released as a CD single in 2001. The Nocturnus EP was the last release by Nocturnus before they split-up the first time. Nocturnus had enjoyed great success with their two full-length studio albums The Key (1990) and Thresholds (1992) but internal turmoil within the ranks of the band meant that guitarists Mike Davis and Sean McNenney and keyboard player Louis Panzer went behind the back of drummer and founding member Mike Browning, and secured the rights to the Nocturnus name. Shortly after Mike Browning was fired from the band he had help to found. Mike Browning´s fascination with the occult supposedly didn´t fit well with the sci-fi theme that the rest of the band were aiming at.

That explanation is a bit hard to understand if you listen to the two songs on this EP though. Both Possess The Priest and Mummified are pretty old school death metal styled albeit a bit more progressive with the addition of keyboards and some technical playing. The songs also feature some pretty old school death metal lyrics. The sci-fi themes from the full-length albums are gone. While the songs are certainly well played, I can´t help but notice that the band sound a bit tired. The two songs are not that interesting either. At least compared to the brilliant material on the two full-length albums. The production is a bit sub par too.

The Nocturnus EP is not a release that makes my blood boil. Rather it´s a release that shows the end of an era for one of the most unique death metal bands from the late eighties/ early nineties. I´m inclined to call this EP a fan release only but still I think a 2.5 star rating is deserved.

UMUR | 2/5 |

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