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Review: Candelabrum - Nocturnal Trance
Nocturnal Trance

Label: Hells Headbangers Records
Year released: 2022
Duration: 38:09
Tracks: 5
Genre: Black Metal


Review online: May 17, 2022
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
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Rated 2.5/5 (50%) (4 Votes)

Sometimes it is just refreshing to hear Black Metal as low-fi and unfriendly as this. It seems like a lot of Black Metal, even the underground stuff, sounds too polished and well produced to my ears, and I still want some shit that sounds raw. This is not a basement kind of raw, rather having an echoey, faraway sound to the recording that I just like. The songwriting produces long songs that probably repeat more than they should, and it's meant to invoke a trancelike atmosphere but doesn't always succeed. The guitar sound is a bit weak, and the keys are carrying the melodies, while the drums are distant and the bass is inaudible. If you like primitive-sounding but melodic Black Metal that is almost soothing, then this is the ticket.

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