Released: 2013, Metal Blade
Reviewer: Helias Papadopoulos
Could anyone think of a band that can create a perfect soundtrack for Halloween’s celebration except for Mercyful Fate?
The answer is yes: Noctum and their second album, FINAL SACRIFICE. This is the new dark, ambient horror, heavy metal album in the bans of Mercyful Fate and early Black Sabbath and in parts early Iron Maiden. When I first put this album in my stereo, I was scared shitless. This is an album that would scare everyone at nights. Hank Shermann guitarring is of course the guide for this album and King Diamond’s vocals are the homework that David Indelöf has had to do. FINAL SACRIFICE is the auditory version of Lovecraft’s tales. The Swedish quartet dared to make an old school horror concept album in the vintage progressive metal tradition that the legendary Mercyful Fate did.
From the first second to the last one, the songs are catchy (not in a mainstream way and radio-friendly one), grabbing and drenched in a 70’s occult atmosphere. No, Noctum is NOT another sludge-doom-heavy band that belongs in the modern revival of that subgenre. Without any excess and exaggeration, not only there are not any fillers here, but also all the tracks are exemplary songs and perfectly built music compositions that constitute a tapestry of 80’s heavy metal music that is so missed.
FINAL SACRIFICE is an album that every fan of the 80’s metal must have. The galloping guitar riffs, the special and King Diamond-like vocals and the rhythm section that is as tight as Butler’s and Ward’s one. This was an unexpectedly and surprisingly Heavy Metal diamond that amazed us with its harmonies and leads that bring to mind anything and everything from early Iron Maiden, Thin Lizzy, Judas Priest, Sabbath and of course , for one more time, Mercyful Fate.