Nokturnal Mortum
Weltanschauung


4.0
excellent

Review

by Kyle Ward STAFF
February 15th, 2008 | 33 replies


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist


The word Weltanschauung is defined as “A comprehensive conception or apprehension of the world, especially from a specific standpoint.” After one single listen to Ukrainian black metal band Nokturnal Mortum’s latest album Weltanschauung, the world and standpoint in which Nokturnal Mortum were viewing becomes completely clear, and will help explain a lot about what exactly they were going for with this rather intricate and complex album. I’ll let the listener decide what to believe and what standpoint you think this is coming from, but it truly requires the full and undivided attention of the listener to understand what is being told here.

The album is a daunting 1.2 hours, something which may appear difficult to swallow to some, but to others it may be like an epic poem telling the story of a war of both attrition and glory, a two faced battle in which only the conscious may declare the victor. Out of the 14 tracks, 8 are instrumentals. I’ve heard from many different reviews how unnecessary the instrumentals are, but quite frankly I think these reviews are missing the point of the album. This wasn’t meant to be just another mindless black metal release, this was created to mean something not just be another album which goes in one ear and out the other. The actual songs present here are extremely long, each one being over seven and a half minutes, with the longest clocking in at 12:24. Between each track, the instrumental fills in the listener on what is happening between one song and the next. These connections make the entire album make sense as a whole, something I really would like to see more of.

The actual music here is something to marvel at. I’ve never really heard a band quite like Nokturnal Mortum in the sense of their heavy use of folk elements in their black metal. The use of keyboards is a staple of this band, and is certainly present here during nearly ever track. In terms of folk instruments, there is a small arsenal of instruments which make an appearance, including bagpipes, ocarinas, flutes, and other, more interesting instruments such as the drymba, telynka, kobza, or the zitra. It is indeed a daunting number of instruments to have in one black metal album, but each is used to its fullest potential in creating the sound which makes Nokturnal Mortum so unique within the genre. This isn’t to say that normal, more traditional metal instruments aren’t present. The guitars are sometimes at the forefront of the songs, setting the tone before the other instruments take things away, like at the beginning of “The Knots Upon The Thread Of Fate”. However, there are also riffs in which the guitars take a complete back seat, creating moments of both confusion and admiration (the passage at about 1:16 into the title track “Weltanschauung” caught me completely off guard) which make the songs both varied and original.

As always, Nokturnal Mortum brings along a great outfit of vocals to their music, which simply puts the icing on the cake. The use of both clean and screamed vocals to the music here adds a tremendous amount of variance, and also continues to separate Nokturnal Mortum from any other black metal act out there right now. The clean vocals aren’t really sung in the traditional sense, it is more like a variation best described as a combination of singing and talking. It suits the music very well and compliments the screamed vocals, which are raspy and distant, the production serving it well in terms of having that far-off effect but all the while the listener is still able to clearly hear them. It’s these elements of variance, along with the folk instruments, transitioning between acoustic and electric guitar, and spot on drumming which makes this album so well thought out and so well executed.

The album really gets it’s atmosphere from the overwhelming emphasis on war, spanning from Medieval battlegrounds to the bloody beaches of World War II, the sounds of war are here. The instrumental track “Harvesting The Seeds Of Death” brings in a very suiting and quite brooding bagpipe to play what appears to be a war song, before giving way to the sounds of bullets, heavy explosions, and screams taken from none other than Steven Spielberg’s Saving Private Ryan. While I would have liked to hear more original World War II ambiance than this, it suits the instrumental, and the following tracks “The Taste Of Victory” and “The Way Of Glory” very well, and bring you right to the center of battle where your friends are being torn apart by machine gun fire. You are just sort of transported back to June 6, 1944, as the first verses of the powerful “The Taste Of Victory” roaring in the background, as you just watch the horror unfold. It is the pinnacle of the album, no doubt, and it is the perfect way to close things out.

Once all is said and done, you can look back upon Weltanschauung and simply marvel. This is easily the best Nokturnal Mortum album since Goat Horns, and also a damn good concept executed just as well. What exactly Nokturnal Mortum was viewing is, in my opinion, a view of World War II from the eyes of a Nazi soldier. It is not the band’s experience, no, what happens here is the life of a wartime soldier. The sights, the sounds, the madness of war all come alive here. This is the story which is being told, this is Nokturnal Mortum’s Weltanschauung



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Crysis
Staff Reviewer
February 15th 2008


16478 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Disclaimer- The reviewer is in no way, shape, or form associated with any National Socialist party and does not support their views of certain issues.



Crimson
February 15th 2008


1935 Comments


Woah, you posted this literally a few seconds after I posted my review. Seeing as neither of us post that many reviews I would consider that somewhat odd!
Really interesting review too, I've heard the term NSBM thrown around yet never actually known what it was, thanks for describing it in so much detail. As for the band, I really need to check them out, they sound like something I would like.

I’ve never really heard a band quite like Nokturnal Mortum in the sense of their heavy use of folk elements in their black metal
Try Wyrd :D

BallsToTheWall
February 15th 2008


44805 Comments


Good review bro. L.P slayed I should get this.

Digging: Pink Turns Blue - If Two Worlds Kiss

beans
February 15th 2008


2332 Comments


sounds good, ill check it out
great review

Eliminator
February 15th 2008


2067 Comments


lets talk about nsbm for five pages

and then varg vikernes!

Zoo
February 15th 2008


3759 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Another weird thing, in addition to the simultaneous submission time, is that I literally just finished downloading this album 20 minutes ago.

Tyler
Emeritus
February 15th 2008


7926 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah the nsbm intro was long and unnecessary, they dont put it into this band at all, the use side projects for that.

also, you kinda imply they typically use heavy folk influences, and i disagree. this is the only album of theirs where it's really, really apparent. the keyboards also play a much smaller role.

I may pos' this if you get rid of all the extra garbage at the beginning. There's almost 5 paragraphs that server absolutely no purpose and are completely irrelevant to the review. The lyrics pasted in between are really unnecessary as well.

I was planning on doing this next week but i won't now, I'll do Gates of blablabla instead.This Message Edited On 02.15.08

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
February 15th 2008


16478 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks all, this was one of my more favorite reviews to write.

Try Wyrd

Trust me, this isn't anything like Wyrd.This Message Edited On 02.15.08

Eliminator
February 15th 2008


2067 Comments


yeah the intro almost sounds like it's copy/pasted. also the use of lyrics to break up paragraphs is kind of redundant

better than your other reviews though

Tyler
Emeritus
February 15th 2008


7926 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Wyrd is pretty mediocre so it definitely is nothing like them.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
February 15th 2008


16478 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Cocaine, thanks for the feedback, I knew you would say something about the whole description of NSBM The fact is, though, that many people don't know exactly what it means and use the term in the wrong context and with the wrong bands (Darkthrone is NOT NSBM people!!) so I felt I had to explain it. The first few paragraphs may or may not go in the future.

yeah the intro almost sounds like it's copy/pasted.

I can assure you it is not.This Message Edited On 02.15.08

Crimson
February 15th 2008


1935 Comments


Wyrd are one of my favourite bands, screw you*

Which album would be the best to start with for this band? This or that Goat Horns one?

*not meant to be taken seriously in any wayThis Message Edited On 02.15.08

Tyler
Emeritus
February 15th 2008


7926 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Start with Goat Horns, this one is too long. And Crysis, regardless of people not know what it is, you went so far into it for no reason whatsoever. This album has absolutely nothing to do with NSBM. They only really put it into there music with NeChrist.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
February 15th 2008


16478 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I see what you're saying, I did go a bit overboard. I'll cut it down a bit later, but for now I want to keep it.

Tyler
Emeritus
February 15th 2008


7926 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I dont know why you want to keep it, it's completely irrelevant to the music and honestly only worth a brief mention regarding the band. Unless you're reviewing Aryan Terrorism it really doesn't need to be expanded upon. It makes this review twice as long as it should be.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
February 15th 2008


16478 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

And a cut cut here and a cut cut there.... :D

Zoo
February 15th 2008


3759 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

In regards to the intro, I've always felt national socialism was more closely associated with communism and social Darwinism than Nazism. The fact that national socialism is ultimately, and incorrectly, associated with Nazism was a result of the influence that Otto and Gregor Strasser had on the Nazi Party. Although, it is plausible to find a link between social Darwinism and Nazism (as Nazism is social Darwinism's most extreme form) but, then again, social Darwinism influenced many ideologies.

Solid review, though. I'll vote.This Message Edited On 02.15.08

masscows
February 15th 2008


2236 Comments


In regards to the intro, I've always felt national socialism was more closely associated with communism and social Darwinism than Nazism
National socialism is anti-communism.

Good review, voted.

Willie
Moderator
February 15th 2008


16149 Comments


I don't see any issues with the intro (although I know nothing of the band so I don't know if the intro is relevant or not... which seems to be the main disagreement)... mainly just here to make your 5of5 rating a 6of6 rating...

Digging: Mors Principium Est - Dawn Of The 5th Era

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
February 16th 2008


16478 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I cut out about two paragraphs from the intro Willie



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