Released: 2013, Peaceville
Reviewer: Metal-Rules.com UK Team
Having praised it verbally for years and having recently praised it greatly with Darkthrone’s last release, Nocturno Culto’s love for good old-fashioned heavy metal is as obvious as can be. Taking a variety of influences, although it’s highly doubt that any are modern at all, the Norwegian black metal legend has turned out 4 tracks here of a tradition metal pilgrimage; but given the nature of Darkthrone’s THE UNDERGROUND RESISTANCE album, one has to if there’s actually much of a point to this project?
With just over twenty minutes to impress on this EP, affairs kick off with “Enlightning Strikes” which offers little more than some mid-paced NWOBHM sounding riffs, combined with moody vocals that fail to express much emotion or characteristic, and certainly fail to demonstrate any talent or well-learned skill. However, black metal taints each song in a way that I haven’t heard work so smoothly in a long time, the odd eerie chord and the heap of Fenriz style drum fills are certainty exciting, and give this EP a much more genuine feel of darkness.
A Black Sabbath influenced headbanger comes in the form of “Looking For An Answer” which certainly perks up my interest. With its quality main riff, punk style vocal lines in the verse and Lemmy-style barks in the chorus, it is a sure stand out track, which is bound to encourage sing-a-longs eve during the very first listen.
To the sound of birds croaking, the final track “Last Solstice” opens up with some early 80s style melodic riffing, but with a sinister black metal edge. The chorus has some of the worst and most cliché lyrics to be found, but as this dies away and the guitars tear into a tremendous doom riff, I think I can quite callously say I don’t really give a shit. This record is DIY and full of imperfections, but this only adds to its charm and novelty, which what Nocturno Culto surely intended, I have no doubts about that.
Review by J. Lawley