|Review: Nox Aurea - Via Gnosis|
Label: Solitude Productions
Year released: 2009
Review online: January 9, 2010
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
This is the debut from Swedish Doom/Death band Nox Aurea, and it is pretty much everything you would expect: slow songs, heavy riffing, and death-style growled vocals. They do break things up a bit with some female singing, but then they also add in some spoken-word bits, so that's not so good there. Nox Aurea try really hard, but most of their ideas are extremely stale, and their songwriting is highly mediocre. Here and there they will bust out some ultra-heavy riffs and grab your attention, but this is mostly very pedestrian Doom/Death that just does not manage to create a mood or any kind of real feeling. This is not a bad listen, and I can see potential here, but right now Nox Aurea are extremely average in a crowded and well-tilled field. The faster, heavier bits here are really much better than the rest, and I think this band might do better if they focused more on Death than Doom.
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