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Review: Nocturno Culto - The Misanthrope: The Existence of Solitude and Chaos
Nocturno Culto
The Misanthrope: The Existence of Solitude and Chaos

Label: Peaceville Records
Year released: 2007
Duration: 55 min.

Review online: July 8, 2007
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating
The Misanthrope: The Existence of Solitude and Chaos

Rated 5/5 (100%) (3 Votes)

Darkthrone's Nocturno Culto apparently had the idea for this film as far back as 1993, and now here it is. This is not a music video, but rather a very weird film that people will either get or not - there's probably not much room for a middle ground here. Filmed in Norway, with a little stop in Japan (and a couple of appearances by Gallhammer), this film could not have been more aptly titled. With very little dialogue, the 55 minutes of the film sometimes feel like three hours. The "action", such ice fishing with Enslaved, visiting some old guy and rehearsing in an isolated house, Aura Noir's signing with Tyrant Syndicate Productions, and other short stints with people in the forest are often interrupted by silent walks in the forest, skiing, the works. Very little in terms of metal during the film - but then again this isn't intended as a music video - you get short excerpts of Gallhammer, Darkthrone rehearsals, and a release party and gig by Aura Noir at the Elm Street bar. For more metal, one has to go to the extras, which included the obligatory photo gallery, the promo video of "Too Old Too Cold", and live performances of "Thulcandra" and "Archipelago". The bonus CD contains the songs written expressly for the film, but that's essentially ambient/atmospheric stuff.

Personally I didn't like this much because all the silent moments screwed me up, but I think that was the intended purpose. This is definitely too dark, isolated, misanthropic (duh) for most people, but I'm sure a number of people will get a kick out of it. No rating, because I honestly have no idea how to rate this.

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