Nox Formulae are a band from Greece that plays a very ritualistic form of occult black metal and this is a review of their 2016 album "The Hidden Paths To Black Ecstasy" which will be released in September by Dark Descent Records.
A very dark and avant garde sound starts off the album along with some tribal beats that also gives the music more of a ritualistic feeling and after the intro the black metla goes a very fast and raw black metal direction along with a great amount of tremolo picking and blast beats which also gives the music a very raw feeling.
Synths can be heard in the background at times while the vocals are mostly grim black metal screams and you can also hear a great amount of melody in both of the riffs and guitar solos and all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them and after awhile the songs also start bringing in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts
At times the music can be very atmospheric along with ritualistic chants also being added into certain sections of the recording and some of the tracks are also very long and epic in length and some songs also bring in spoken word parts and the music also brings in a great amount of old school black metal elements while also sounding very modern at the same time and one of the later tracks also brings in a brief use of clean guitars.
Nox Formulae plays a style of occult black metal that is very heavy, raw, aggression and modern while also having its melodic, atmospheric and ritualistic moments, the production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover Luciferian, Left Hand Path, Voudon, Yezidic, Atlantean, Drakonian and Typhonian Dark Magick themes.
In my opinion Nox Formulae are a very great sounding ritualistic, occult black metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this recording. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "The Shadow Smoke" "The Dark Brother" and "Yezidic NOX Formula". 8/5 out of 10.