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Must I mention 1st off that the only other BM band with a woman on vocals that I knew until very recently is Tuman, from Hungary. Not to say that they are bad nor anything but this album by DNS is by far superior to Transilvanian Dreams and plenty of other useless BM records released in the last 10 years. THIS IS NOT SUPPOSED TO MEAN I THINK TUMAN IS A BAD BAND BY ANY MEANS, TRANSILVANIAN DREAMS REMAINS A GREAT ALBUM IN MY BOOK.
This album is top notch, tight, creative and varied BM of the highest order. Not that they are prog fags, they’re just excellent musicians. All the songs are totally different yet they all blend together, the same with all the riffs in every song. Most are totally different yet they blend and mix with each other perfectly without sacrificing ANY of the perfectly crafted atmospheres in the record. Some are standard BM riffs, some have that edge of melody typical of European BM, some are mellow per say and they are all aggressive and pissed. Whoever writes the riffs in the band is an excellent song writer, not to mention that their drummer is totally insane, a genius with his instrument, he even makes backwards drumming riffs with the kick drums in several sections throughout the album, not to mention the fills and the perfect tone and volume on the drum kit in the mix, even the reverb effect in the tombs aids to the epic atmosphere. The bass is very audiable, unlike in most BM records. The vocals are banshee-like (on steroids) reverb and eco ridden wailing rasps provided by Onielar, a woman who looks more like a possessed corpse than a singer of a rock band of any type, great vocal work, matter of fact I wish I could wail like she does.
The whole album is filled with a aura of youth ridden angst, “longing /yearning for” like when in a catatonic/cathartic state when you stop reasoning and become an animal acting on instinct to find what you crave (comparable to a junkie looking for his drug of choice when the dealer is dry).
By far the best melody in the album is the 1st riff to “The Dead Hate the Living”, it’s mesmerizing, spellbinding. Too bad it only lasts for 6 cycles, I think this should be the main riff in the song. It appears again for another 6 cycles towards the end of the song, with the intention, I would think, of re-starting the song as if from the beginning but in a shortened way.
The title track is the album closer. It’s as emotive as the rest of the album, varied riffs that in some cases only appear once in the song. The chorus section is composed of war-like drums with soft wailing string instruments and Onielar chanting “Nocturnal March” more or less every 6 cycles, this section is long, just to return to a short varied riff section only to return again to the chorus section but this time with a sample of a host of marching boots within which the instruments and vocals fade slowly, after they fade completely the host of boots start fading tool, as if the army of hell was sent out to our earthly plane to retrieve the horde of lunatics that managed to escape from hell’s insane asylum.
I recommend this record to anyone passionately into passionate dynamic BM. This band is actually becoming one of my favorite German bands along with Nargaroth and Katharsis. Very cool stuff. You won’t regret it.
When you first put this album on, it sounds like a typical raw black metal band. Quasi-kvlt haunting keyboard intro, ending abruptly with blastbeats and rapidly strummed gloom chords. After the effects of the very beginning of the song wear off, the listener is able to listen more clearly. At this point, it should be obvious that this is hardly a darkthrone clone. The music is very progressive, each song consisting of a multitude of parts, many of which never repeat more than once. The singing is passionate, hateful, and bleak. The drumming is relentless (in fact, if you turn up the volume while in an enclosed space, it will sound as if a tremelo effect has been placed on the whole album due to the constant blast beats). The whole album is loaded with pretty melodies, none of which were played with a keyboard. And, best of all, you can tell the difference between songs! Each song is almost completely different, meaning there is a wide range of moods from song to song. Some are melancholic, some are fast and brutal, others are war songs. This album is a testament to how powerful black metal can be while still remaining true.