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Noctem is an extreme metal band hailing from Spain whose latest 11-track affair OBLIVION contains a ferocious mix of black, death, and atmospheric metal keeping listeners engaged in the veteran act’s decisively darkened delivery. From the droning bleakness to slicing death thrash comprising the title cut to the melodic death metal mayhem heard on a majority of the tracks (“Unredemption”, “Universal Disorder”) this quintet showcases the aggression and dexterity necessary to produce a powerful and intense brand of well-executed metallic vehemence. Despite a glaring lack of innovation, fans of the shred of The Black Dahlia Murder, the shriek of Skeletonwitch as well as the wrath of Behemoth are likely to thoroughly enjoy this seasoned troupe’s sophomore effort.
- Mike SOS