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Nox Intempesta - Die Lieder von Tod und Ewigkeit
Review: One of the few bands capable of reviving some mystique from the formative years of black metal, this gothic-tinged black metal act make classically-inspired verses within simple but uniquely structured songs that carry the listener through a series of atmospheric changes as mood before resolving into a final unsettling ambience in the style of older black metal. The alternation of emphasis on points of tone within which themes articulate an evolution of method of accessing root note and thus, creating ascendant structure across a bounding and distinctive rhythm as means of influencing the piece toward a conclusion in that patterning. Like most metal it is understandable only in context of melody, where its sense of space allows creation of vaulted harmonic depth in which the permutations of fantasy or cruel daydream play.
Deliberately invoking some of the terrifyingly Germanic aesthetic Darkthrone and other bands have employed, this short EP detours through a lengthy interlude of classical music and ambient intro of hateful chanting, but in its three songs provides a basis for understanding this view of style. Distinguishable by its particularly alienated mode of conceiving grandeur, this metal wrenches misanthropic rage from melodic structures of power chords and the carefully paced, almost visual dynamicism of atmosphere finely smeared through rushing organic sound. Citations of Emperor can be heard in the charging buildups which create a darkness sliced by transverse harmonies riding a wave of racing cymbal and drumblast, while hoarse vocals accompany as a tormentor of exact pacing emphasized through speechlike articulations in counterpoint, accumulating a resonance of motif which self-dissects later through decomposition into the elements of its creation.
Harsh and yet recognizably beautiful, the music of Nox Intempesta outlines a black metal context of aspiration and length in the connection of elements required for coherence to become absolute, at which point it is immersive and like works of ancient time, gains significance in spirit through journey.