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  • Nocturnus - Ethereal Tomb

    Nocturnus - Ethereal Tomb
    1999 Season of Mist Records


Nocturnus - Ethereal Tomb

1999 Season of Mist Records :: Reviewed by rofreason on 2005-07-08

It's pretty funny to me that so many bands that were deemed "gay" and "stupid" by so many people 10 years ago are now thought of as "revolutionary" albums today. This is absolutely no slight to these bands, many of whom were incredibly cutting edge for the time, but rather one towards the fickle listeners. How many bands this year will be neglected and shelved for a decade? Probably nothing will be done, but with all of the re-releases from bands such as Celtic Frost (Into the Pandemonium), Dead Horse and Anacrusis (Screams and Whispers), maybe we can avoid the same mistakes, as then we can appreciate the artists before their records become out of print and unfindable. Well, at least Nocturnus have managed to reform and provide us with a new album, one that manages to live up to all anticipations (for me) and exist as one of the most listened to albums of the last month for me. That might not sound like a big deal, but I have so much stuff to hear, that it has become somewhat important in my mind when a disc is embedded in my player, sitting comfortably there for days at a stretch. In thinking about why this is, I can't really explain the reason for my liking this Nocturnus so much. Maybe it's just due to it's understated technicality. An oxymoron usually, I know, but as progressive and complicated as this gets, it all flows straight through, weaving all insruments together into a cohesive attack which does sound more like a future/past meeting than anything else. The scifi themes blend well here, and I hear a lot of Rush in the structures, as well as other rock/fusion inputs to the standard metal paradigm, but as I've said before, it works without being too busy. This isn't going to be for all tastes, but if you've found yourself in the past passing over albums which seemed too "experimental" only to hear too late about their greatness, don't ignore Ethereal Tomb, I think you'll regret it.