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Nocturnal Mortum
Goat Horns (THE END Records)

By: Jeb Branin

The first thing that strikes me about this band is their mastery of emotion. There are a couple of instrumental moments on here that are some of the most beautiful moments I have ever heard on a black metal album.The finest being the opening track "Black Moon Overture" which is worth the price of the disc alone. When the band get down to more standard bursts of rapid fire black metal in subsequent tracks they are less distinctive,sticking to well worn paths trod by the masters of northern darkness....that is until track five. That track titled "Veles' Scrolls" is a breathtaking, eleven minute epic of voluptuous splendor.... almost epicurean.From that track on, the album takes on a new life. More complexity is heard and a stunningly sensitive balance is struck between orchestral magnificence, obscure ethnic sounds, and sulphur belching blackness. The first tune and the second half of the disc are so good they qualify this asbest black metal album this issue, and there are more quality black releases reviewed in this issue than I've ever done before.
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