Nocturne are a band from Austria that plays an occult form of black metal and this is a review of their self titled 2016 which will be released by Unlight Productions.
A very dark and heavy sound starts off the album along with some melodies before going into a very fast and raw black metal direction along with some blast beats and grim screams and the songs also bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts and death metal growls and clean singing are also used at times.
When guitar solos and leads are utilized they use a great amount of melody and a great portion of the tracks are very long and epic in length and when spoken word parts are brought into the music they give the songs more of a ritualistic feeling and clean playing along with synths can also be heard at times and all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them and they also bring in an instrumental track while returning back to vocals on later tracks as well as adding in more diversity and they close the album with a cover of De Infernali's "Sign of the Dark".
Nocturne plays a style of occult black metal that is very epic and melodic while also having its raw moments, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover Occultism and Lef Hand Path themes.
In my opinion Nocturne are a very great sounding occult black metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Return To Chaos" "Into The Great Below" "Ama Lilith" and "Sign Of Darkness". 8 out of 10.