Album Name: “Final Sacrifice” Release date: October 29, 2013
Reviewed by: Dash: Broken Neck Radio
Dash here! It’s an honor to hear the all that is new in metal as it comes our way here at Broken Neck Radio. I love to get into the “metal immersion mindset”.
Noctum hails from Uppsala, Sweden. Their members are Tobias Rosen on bass, David Indelof on vocals and guitars, Daniel Johansson on guitar and Fredrik Jansson on drums. This has been a bit of a quick rise for the band: Formed in 2009 with the name Séance, they recorded a 2 song demo, and by the end of the year, changed their name to Noctum. They signed with Metal Blade in August of 2011.
Now to the music…
In my research on Noctum, I found from their bio that Final Sacrifice is written like a horror movie, with each song acting as a “scene” of the movie. I found this to work quite well, and I’ll delve in to a bit later,
In reviewing Final Sacrifice, I have to give a little background of my own metal journey: A friend gave me an AC/DC cassette when I was about 12 and I was hooked. From there, I got really into Iron Maiden and Metallica. Early Judas Priest got me really excited-but when I first listened to Black Sabbath, that…was…it. I enjoy mostly all metal-thrash, death, hardcore-but I have to admit that my sweet spot lies with what I would call “the origins of metal”, The New Wave of British Heavy Metal, and bands with that sound. Dark, evil, slow, grinding-heavy Satanic and occult overtones…yes, that gets me. OK, I’m getting too excited here. Enough about me.
Noctum’s Final Sacrifice, for me, is all that and then some. This album reminds me of early Sabbath and Priest, but definitely with the Swedish “dark” vibe. From the opening chords of “Conflagration”, I feel like I’m about to be taken on a ride (in a 1978 Trans Am). It’s slow, not in your face-welcoming you into the world of the dead. Daniel’s guitar on this track is killer.
“Liberty in Death” is a classic metal montage, taking all the right elements of bands that have come before them. It’s an anthem of sorts, a battle cry. The rhythm is complex, meaty, without being overcomplicated.
“Resurrected in Evil”, dare I say is early Preist-esque in sound, but this is a good thing in my book. This is a different sounding song than the first two-climbing higher, telling a story.
“Deadly Connection” has a bluesy beginning, and then the powerful riffs come in. I am imagining this to be the “chase scene” of their horror movie. It’s a heavy jam and shows of their musicianship. Very “Rat Salad”, but again. A good thing!
The last song on the album “Azoth”, isn’t just the last song, it’s the end of the movie. A very convincing and accurate culmination of the Final Sacrifice experience,
I could go on and on. If you like your metal with a 70’s vibe, when leather and spikes still ruled, occultism was cool and metal was metal, no bells and whistles-then Final Sacrifice is for you. I thoroughly enjoyed this album.
Thank you very much as always for checking out this review. Until next time!
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