Nocturnal Degrade are a 1 man band from Italy that plays an ambient form of depressive black metal and this is a review of his 2014 album "The Deep Tragic Condition" which will be release d on cassette by Bylec-Tum.
A very fast and raw black metal sound starts off the album along with some blast beats and high pitched depressive screams and the guitars use a great amount of tremolo picking and after a few minutes dark ambient style synths are added into the music along with some acoustic guitars being added into certain sections of the recording.
The ambient parts are also mixed in with the heavier sound giving the album an atmospheric feeling and the songs also bring in a good mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts along with some of the tracks being very long and epic in length and the faster parts bring in a very old school 90's sound at times and one of the tracks also brings in a brief use of spoken word parts and the album closes with a dark ambient piece.
Nocturnal Degrade plays a style of depressive black metal that is a lot more raw, fast and old school sounding than most of his counterparts while also still having some elements of dark ambient, th e production sounds very dark, raw and old school while the lyrics cover Suicide, Life, Death, Apathy, Decay and Anti Human themes.
In my opinion Nocturnal Degrade are a very great sounding raw and depressive ambient/black metal project and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this cassette. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Above The Bitter Depths" and "Era of Nothingness". 8 out of 10.