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Noctuary- When Fires Breed Blood - 95%

Marksveld, May 25th, 2004

This is where black metal is at these days! Noctuary are a prime example of quality US Black Metal. This is their latest release, and it deserves as much praise as it can get. The first song "Clouds Donning the Black Sky" opens up with a very driving riff, and eventually leads into an acoustic passage with a mandolin-type sounding instrument. From the beginning of the album to the end, you will find blackened maiden-esque riffs and acoustic beauty. The drumming (done by Rob Alaniz) is very tight and well produced. As for production, it is a thick sound that conveys the guitars and bass very well. For someone looking to get into US Black Metal, Noctuary is probably one of the best bands to start with!