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Suicidal Thoughts, the first demo from French black metal outlet "Nocturnal Depression". Everything about this demo shows you how Nocturnal Depression would do things on their later full length release. Guitars, drums, vocals, lyrics (even though I can't understand them, I'm sure they follow the same themes), production, etc.
The whole atmosphere of depression and suicide is present hear (I'd go as far as saying this release has the most atmosphere compared to the other releases). This release is also a good bit shorter in playing time compared most of the other releases. The production is pretty damn good for a demo compared to lots of other demos from black metal bands. Good production is always a plus. The instruments are top notch, everything is performed amazingly and emotionally. The vocals sound really tortured and scared. It makes them fit perfectly with the instruments, lyrics, and atmosphere.
The songs follow the standard Nocturnal Depression style. They're long, depressing, slow, dark, and filled with repetition. This repetition drives onto the point where you would think you're going to get extremely bored, but they manage to change just before then. It really makes Nocturnal Depression one out of a few bands that can manage to do this. Well, of the four songs on here two of them are an intro/outro. The intro song, "A Ghostly Face Into The Night", is sort of an atmospheric ambient track that sets the mood for the release. The outro song, "...And The Forest Answer To My Call", is a droning song that basically spirals you into a depressing atmosphere. The other two songs are your typical Nocturnal Depression lengthy black metal songs. "When Darkness Covers My Soul" being a 20:00 depressing black metal song. It's filled with your depressing atmosphere and tortured vocals. The other song, "As Some Blades Penetrating My Flesh", contains a good amount of tremolo picked riffs making it less low and less depressing. This is sort of the 'happy' song here even though it still adds the depressing nature.
Overall this is a really good demo/release. It's perfect for any fan of depressive black metal. I'd highly recommend it to anyone who can find it.