Nocturnal are a duo from Australia that plays a very atmospheric and depressive form of black metal and this is a review of their 2019 album "The great Emptiness" which will be released in October by Seance Records.
A very dark and heavy sound starts off the album along with some atmospheric sounding synths a few seconds later. Elements of doom metal can be heard in the slower sections of the music while the vocals are mostly grim yet depressive black metal screams and all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them.
The riffs also add in a decent amount of melody while spoken word parts can also be heard in certain sections of the recording. When the music speeds up a decent amount of tremolo picking and blast beats can be heard which also gives the songs more of a raw feeling and the riffs also add in a decent amount of melody.
Throughout the recording you can also hear a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts along with the solos and leads being done in a very melodic style as well a s the music also having a great amount of 90's influences. The production sounds very dark and heavy while the lyrics cover philosophical, darkness, death and depressive themes.
In my opinion Nocturnal are a very great sounding atmospheric and depressive black metal duo and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "My Temple" and "Shadows In Euclidean Spaces". 8 out of 10.