||When I first heard Noctuary
I was thinking to myself that the CD could have used a little more
production. But even though the production seems a little raw, it
fits pretty good with their music. After a few listens I got into
the CD. Noctuary is a black metal band and many black metal bands
from Scandinavia have used raw production for atmosphere in their
music. These guys are from California, and they have used it to their
advantage well. Picture a cross of Emperor and Mayhem, with a little
Dimmu Borgir and Marduk. Its pretty cool stuff. The whole CD last
nearly thirty-eight minutes, and with eight tracks, the songs are
of perfect length. These guys seem pretty talented in their music
writting, I love the little side riffing they do throughout the CD.
Their solo's seem to have a lot of feeling to them, and sounds just
amazing. All their songs have their highlights in them, but the few
that stood out for me as a whole were "Legions March Unto Earthly
Realms" and "A Tear's Descent From Heaven." "A
Tears..." is my favorite track on this CD, it is a great song.
"At Journey's End" and "Vengeance Before Valor"
are pretty good to, some really cool riffs and solos. The band has
played at the Milwaukee Metalfest a couple times, so they can definitely
play live. Look for a possible tour for them with Pessimist, Averse
Sefira, and Darkmoon.