Carpe Noctem are a band from Iceland that plays a very straight forward form of black/viking metal and this is a review of their self released and self titled 2009 ep.
'Vargsfaeding" starts off with some dark sound of natures until the powerful drum blast beats, fast primitive black metal riffs kick in as well as the bass guitars and grim sounding black metal screams which also utilize some growls and you clean hear some melody coming out of the guitar rhythms before switching back and forth between heavy and clean playing which in return leads to the slow and fast heavy parts kicking back in and closing the song in a grim black metal direction.
"Jotonborin" starts of with some powerful drumming, raw Norwegian style black metal guitar riffs which set up the pace for the grim screams and heavy melodies coming out of the riffing while also mixing in some mid paced parts which make the song have a heavier feeling along with a brief use of deep growls and then t he blast beats and faster riffs make their return as well as the switch back and forth between mid paced and fast.
"Metamorphoses Maleficarum" starts off with a spoken word ritual and then the drums, bass guitars and primitive but fast black metal riffs kick in which sets up the pace for the deep growls and grim screams along with some blast beats before going into a more mid paced direction for awhile before heading into some black/thrash metal style riffs which also use melody, death and doom metal elements, then the song goes back to its more traditional black metal beginnings while also combining the slow doom riffing into the primitive parts, as the song moves in the song introduces some clean playing and then the spoken word parts make their return before it turns into screams which also set up the pace for the mid paced drums and melodic black metal riffs which in return get faster and the drums start hitting the blast beats, slowly after that t he bass kicks in and the music gets slower but darker before closing the song with primitive black metal riffs and blast beats.
"Skalholtsbrenna" starts off clean until the drums and primitive black metal riffs kick in setting up the pace for the blast beats and screams before going into a more mid paced and melodic direction while also switching back and forth to fast and mid paced for awhile until around the 3 minute mark the music is all guitar amplifier reverb and distortion along with some percussion work which leads to the song going into a more heavy and slow direction when the guitar riffing returns along with some deeper black metal vocals which leads up to some mid paced and melodic riffs coming in and then the drums start speeding up and the song closing in a more dark and old school black metal direction.
Lyrics on the ep are written in their native tongue and cover Norse Paganism and Icelandic black magick rituals, while the production has a very dark, raw and primitive sound while you can hear all of the musical instruments that are present on the recording with a couple of the songs being very long and epic in length.
In my opinion Carpe Noctem are a very great sounding straight forward black/viking metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this ep. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Vargsfaeding" and "Metamorphoses Maleficarum". RECOMMENDED BUY.