|Review: Nycticorax - Anima Tenebrarum|
Year released: 2011
Genre: Black Metal
Review online: October 16, 2012
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
This is a very pro-looking album for an independent release, and as this band has three other albums, I wasn't sure what I was going to hear when I slapped this in. Well, first off you are subjected to an ambient intro track that goes on for an unforgivable 4+ minutes with bells, whispers, Slavic mutterings, and other such time-wasting bullshit. Fuck, man, just fucking play already.
Once they do (or he does, since this is a one-man band) this picks up with some perfectly decent Black Metal in the general area of more commercial bands like Naglfar or. . . well, Naglfar will do I guess. There's just not much character to this. The riffs are decent, and the production is really good for a self-release - like, better than many pro releases good - but the songwriting is strictly derivative and does nothing really exciting. This has energy, and good sound, but squanders it on compositions that go nowhere. Once you have heard one song on this, you have heard them all, and can safely skip it unless you crave BM background noise.
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