Nocturnus was an American progressive death metal band formed in Tampa, Florida in 1987 by drummer/vocalist Mike Browning (formerly
ofMorbid Angel). They were known for being unique in the Florida death metal scene because of their science-fiction-themed lyrics
(althoughoften combined with typical death metal anti-Christian sentiments), and use of keyboards, both of which were virtually unknown in
extrememetal at the time of their formation.