While traditionally a genre of the Scandinavian realms, Black Metal has become a cult movement, pushing across the globe with an unstoppable dark ferocity. Now an enduring staple of the darker corners of New York, the black metal mantel has been taken up by bands like Wolves in the Throne Room, Judas Iscariot, Leviathan and newcomers, Nocturcema.
Brandishing a raw, melodic sound that dives headfirst into anthemic black metal territory, Nocturcema’s music acts an anchor towards bringing acausal entities into our world through the use of occult black magic, creating a dark and imposing sound that defies classification. Originally written in 2010, ‘Azanigin’ was finally released in April of this year, marking the first visceral and unshaking glimpse at the band’s abilities.
A six-track release of thrashing, distorted guitars, raw recording quality, and howling vocals, ‘Azanigin’ breaks into existence with ‘Ave Satanas’, a droning, tonal piece designed to build tension and develop a palpable sense of foreboding. It’s the last semblance of control that the release offers, with the fading tone then launching into ‘The Chosen Path’, a rough-cut cacophony of noise spiked by guttural vocal noise and animalistic snarls. It’s the start of an unrelenting stream of brash, aggressive noise that pauses only momentarily between each track.
Setting a constant tone, the quick-fire tempos and atmospheric reign supreme, creating a solid and unwavering series of tracks that rarely shifts it’s gaze, offering only the most subtle and nuanced changes in form. A raw, unpolished look at the genre, ‘Azanigin’ is a dark gem in an even darker world.