Noctem-Oblivion (Metal Blade)
Within the first, cursory spin of Noctem’s sophomore effort Oblivion, it quickly becomes plain to see why this otherwise humble Spanish act were picked up by North American heavy Metal Blade Records, for this eleven track beast is a virtual treasure trove of epic riff arrangements and legitimately BRUTAL song structures which sweep away all chaff…leaving only destructive wreckage in its wake.
Effectively combining a black/death base with a grandiose, semi-symphonic penchant of structure and an ever-so-slight creative nod to the European metalcore scene of Neaera, Caliban and Heaven Shall Burn, Noctem don’t exactly stride an original path of metal malevolence, yet undertake their cause with such vicious precision that it becomes quite easy to excuse this fact, in light of the band’s absolutely infectious energy.
Indeed, Oblivion takes hold right from the barnstorming opening salvo of “The Arrival of False Gods,” not letting up through “Universal Disorder” and beyond, successfully keeping the intensity level-which is on par with likes of Behemoth…seriously!-going right on through to the closing strains of the album’s title track. Melodic yet destructively violent, Oblivion establishes Noctem as true metal contenders with a confident and mature attack, proving that Spain harbors its own threat to Sweden, Norway and Poland when it comes to extreme metal with a rabid bite. Beware: Noctem come out swinging with this one.
Written by MetalGeorge