NOCTURNO CULTO’S GIFT OF GODS – Receive

Nocturno Culto's Gift of the Gods - ReceiveIf you’ve heard DARKTHRONE‘s latest album, The Underground Resistance, then you’ll have a good idea of what NOCTURNO CULTO’S GIFT OF GODS project sounds like.

Nocturnal Culto goes it alone on this project laying down all the instruments and recording duties.  GIFT OF GODS is heavy metal that celebrates the decadence and bombastic elements without being mucked in heavy metal cheesiness.  Naturally, there is underlying thread of black metal and old school doom that helps to keep things on a darker, serious tone.  Expect long songs with dynamic changes providing some excellent song progressions.  The EP has long instrumental sections that take off on their own.  Tasty riffs and guitar leads are all over the place on Receive.  He utilizes his full range of vocal stylings from clean, traditional metal vocals to the harsh, distorted ones he uses in DARKTHRONE.

Judging by the results, Nocturno Culto is more than qualified to operate as a one-man project.  GIFT OF GODSReceive is a good starting point for what could evolve into very strong LPs.  (Peaceville Records)

TRIPTYKON – Shatter EP

Not knowing what to expect after Tom G. Warrior laid CELTIC FROST to rest, TRIPTYKON was born and released their ultra heavy, brutal, and doomy debut, Eparistera Daimones. Armed with a few tasty leftovers from the Eparistera recording session and adding a few live cuts equates to the well delivered Shatter EP.

Shatter starts off slow and doomy, the way you would expect this EP to be. The basic, but heavy drum beats with the sludgy bass of Vanja Slajh results in a depressing opening track, fused with the blessings of longtime friend, Simone Vollenweider, and her angelic voice. The heaviness is amplified in “I am the Twilight,” with CELTIC FROST inspired simplistic riffs, but achieving maximum brutality without the need for thrashy riffs or blast beats. These sludgy tunes would have fit very well with the entire feel of the Eparistera album, and “Crucifixus” is a somber and moody instrumental that fills the gap to segue into the live tracks. As “Circle of the Tyrants” is one of the most covered songs in metal history, this track, along with “Dethroned Emperor” is a must. Lending out his talents on the live version of “Dethroned Emperor,” is none other than the grim, frostbitten one, Nocturno Culto (DARKTHRONE), and he nails the vocals perfectly.

EP releases are usually teasers, and Shatter is just that. The next TRIPTYKON album will be highly anticipated, but this release should whet the appetite for now. There is no denying that TRIPTYKON is continuing where CELTIC FROST should have gone, and the music needs to be listened to at maximum volume to be fully enjoyed. (Century Media)

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