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Review: Nokturnal Forest - To Embrace the Nocturnal Hymns
Nokturnal Forest
To Embrace the Nocturnal Hymns

Label: Salute Records
Year released: 2010
Duration: 28:14
Tracks: 5
Genre: Black Metal


Review online: December 18, 2010
Reviewed by: Christopher Foley
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Rated 1.79/5 (35.71%) (14 Votes)

Well this is cool if not highly unoriginal. Nokturnal Forest play back metal like it's 1993, with similarities to early Darkthrone and Burzum – though nowhere near as good or original. The main issues I have with this are with the production, it's far too middle-of-the-road for my liking and quite unspectacular. The sound comes off as round and fluent which works well in the sense that I can zone out listening to this, but fails in the sense that it doesn't kick my ass. The guitar tone isn't great either and lacks teeth, sure it fizzes and crackles away with a thin crisp sound for the melodies but the material would have benefitted from a wilder more acidic tone. The vocals stick to a lower croak which are quite good and fairly decipherable.

I enjoy this when I listen to it but afterwards I find it hard to recall anything I just heard. I hate to say it but this is more suitable as background noise. This is limited to 33 copies which I guess is pretty kvlt although I probably wouldn't brag about owning a copy. All in all this is enjoyable enough when spinning, but lacks any staying power or reason to revisit it.

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