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Review: Nocternity - Onyx

Label: Solistitium Records
Year released: 2003
Duration: 37:38
Tracks: 6
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 4.75/5

Review online: December 31, 2004
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating

Rated 4.5/5 (90%) (12 Votes)

Ah yes. This is a worthy successor to 2001's "En Oria". The good news: If you liked that one, you'll like "Onyx". The bad news: If you didn't, then most likely you won't like this one either. While not just a copy of the previous album, they both have a lot in common. We are once again treated to a full dose of Nocternity's cold, grim, depressing atmospheric work - the atmosphere conveyed in their albums is really what does it for me. Once again the keyboards are not overused and fit in perfectly. Early 90s Scandinavian Black Metal is still the main influence here, with crunchy, raw, minimalistic guitar work and "simple" (relatively speaking) drum beats in an album that is overall mid-paced with the occasional speedsters - again much like "En Oria". The vocals are out of this world with effects that make them sound like they are reaching from the abyss. Put all that together and you get one damn haunting album.

One could criticize the fact that this is too much like "En Oria", but when the material is so damn good, who cares? Those into atmospheric raw Black Metal should definitely give this one a try.

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