Power of Metal.dk Review

Style: Black Metal
Release date: 13 June, 2011
Playing time: 54:09

Noctem's 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 day.

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...

01. Popol Vuh
02. The arrival of the False Gods
03. Universal Disorder
04. Abnegation and Brutality
05. Invictus
06. Sons of Hun-vucub
07. Seeking the Ruin of Souls
08. Unredemption
09. Q'uma'rka'aa'j
10. A Borning Winged Snake
11. Oblivion
Label: Rising Records
Distribution: Cargo
Reviewed by: LyM
Date: 8 July, 2012
Website: www.noctemofficial.com