Oblivion is the second part from the trilogy that started with "Divinity".
It is said to be the hardest, fastest and darkest material from the band to this
The production of Daniel Cardoso (from Anneke Van Giersbergen to darker acts
like Ava Inferi) is right enough helping Noctem's rage and efforts not to
get, precisely, into oblivion.
All the instruments sound crystal clear, which makes it possible to
differenciate each rhythm and melody line; it also gives a wide, pompous picture
of the compos, that mind you, are quite well worked with. The intro is of the
most atmospherical rhythmic instrumental. You know something big is going to
come, you just don't know why; it leaves the perspective completely open.
The break and start of the first track is, unfortunately, in no way an uncommon
turn. It seems a bit like Noctem follow a recipe and don't quite know
what they are after. Maybe the answer lies in the booklet? In the part of the
trilogy that is yet to come?
One detail for the graphics interested: the cover has been created by Marcelo
Vasco (Dimmu Borgir, Dark Funeral, Satyricon, Belphegor, Gorgoroth...)
Another detail of importance: on Saturday August 18th, Noctem will play
at the Motorcultor festival in the county of Bretagne, France, along with
Immortal, Coroner, Deicide, Incantation, Municipal Waste, Dark Tranquility, so
if you're travelling there to see one of them...