NOCTURNUS - The Key

The Key FORMAT: CD
REALEASE DATE: 01.08.1990
RECORD COMPANY: Earache Records
 
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8.6
USERS RATING: 25 votes

Top 1990: #57
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LINE UP:
Mike Davis - chitara
Sean McNeanny - chitara
Jeff Estes - bas
Mike Browning - baterie, voce
Louis Panzer - clape
TRACKLIST:

01.Lake of Fire 02.Standing in Blood03.Visions from Beyond the Grave 04.Neolithic05.Undead Journey06.BC/AD07.Andromeda Strain08.Droid Sector09.Destroying the Manger10.Empire of the Sands

Coming from Florida, the death metal paradise, Nocturnus are set apart significantly from other bands in this genre due to their avant-garde sound. Their debut release was in 1991, when they released The Key under Earache. This is a milestone album, because Nocturnus was the first band in the history of death metal to use keyboards as a main instrument. Another distinctive element lies in the lyrics, with sci-fi and horror themes.

The album is a conceptual one, describing over 10 songs the story of a cyborg as Christianity is destroyed and a modern empire rises to power. Musically the record is rather complex, with countless guitar riffs, staggering guitar riffs, bordering on the schizophrenic, death metal drumming and spacey keyboards. As for vocals, drummer Mike Browning does not excel, but is not annoying either, even though a more polished voice would have been an advantage in places. Complexity can sometimes give the impression of chaos, but this is a purposefully created chaos. The strong points are Lake Of Fire, Undead Journey and Andromeda Strain. The Americans’ technical abilities are remarkable, and the production is a plus for the album.

Overall, The Key is an avant-garde album that has created a sensation in the early 90s in the monotonous landscape of brutal death metal. Unfortunately, soon after the release of their second album, Threshold, Nocturnus ceased to exist for years, and their potential and innovations could not reach their full potential.


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Posted at 21:59 |  22 Ianuarie 2006  | 1 Comments  | 7015 Views

Comment on: The Key

  • foarte futurist albumul pentru perioada in care a fost lansat. o foarte frumoasa surpriza. de abia acum cateva zile l-am descoperit si ascultat.

    1. Posted by val ceau | 22 Iunie 2011 13:14
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