Marduk
Opus Nocturne


3.5
great

Review

by Nate B. USER (13 Reviews)
May 6th, 2009 | 16 replies


Release Date: 1994 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Marduk finds beauty and order in chaos.

Marduk is a band often criticized for being generic to the point of being tedious and sometimes even painful to listen to. If you’ve heard Panzer Division Marduk, you probably know exactly what I’m talking about: jackhammer blastbeats played for the entire duration of each song, annoyingly same-y vocal arrangements, and repetitive power chord-oriented riffing with melodies thrown in once in a while that are simply too short to savor. Because of this, Marduk is often dismissed by many as lacking in quality and artistic credibility, understandably so. However, their 1994 release Opus Nocturne stands firmly as being by far Marduk’s best album and as a noteworthy release in the black metal genre at large.

After the brief and eerie organ introduction is through, “Sulphur Souls” opens with a shriek and a patented Norsecore hyperblast with fast melodic riffing over it. So far, so generic; however, Marduk shows that they actually (!) do know how to slow it down with this one; the riffs begin to plod in a manner reminiscent of Under the Sign of the Black Mark-era Bathory, then an overlay of beautiful melody takes the spotlight before the song picks back up again and sweeps the listener away with its raw fury. More Bathory influence is put on display with “Materialized in Stone”, which opens with a riff that wouldn’t be out of place on Blood Fire Death (Manowar beat and all) and works its way into enchanting, well thought-out melodies that show what Marduk can really be capable of when they actually try.

A different side of Marduk is seen here than on their other albums. In general, they put much more emphasis on trudging mid-paced sections and longer, more elaborate melodies than on their other works (especially Panzer Division Marduk). The drums are still fairly straightforward and don’t break any of the rules. Generic beats are used to accompany the riffs in order to set them into motion appropriately, and in that sense they serve their purpose well. The bass carries the low end well, and even has a chance to carry a melody of its own in “Deme Quaden Thyrane”; a welcome deviation from what typifies black metal bass playing.

The album isn’t perfect by a longshot however. Marduk still falls occasionally into cycles of Norsecore genericisms with the somewhat frequent dirty power chord riff/hyperblast combination. It doesn’t get nearly as tiresome as on their other albums as there is plenty going on in each song to balance it out, but if they had taken the approach that seemed so successful in “Materialized in Stone” on more of the album, it could have proven much more interesting. The production is fine but not necessarily ideal. The drums are very organic sounding and don’t use triggers, but are still very loud in the mix and sometimes the cymbals can drown out the guitar work a bit (though usually when that happens the guitars aren’t doing anything interesting anyway so it’s not too much of a loss). After all, this is a black metal album from 1994, so you should know what you're getting into production-wise anyway.

Any black metal fan looking for something to listen to on a rainy day should look no further; there is plenty here to keep you engaged. All in all, Opus Nocturne is in my humble opinion Marduk’s best album and would make for a worthy addition to the collection of black metal fans everywhere.



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plutosatanclubhouse
May 6th 2009


142 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

satan

poweroftheweez
May 6th 2009


1290 Comments


great review, pos'd.

satan.

KYZAR
May 6th 2009


513 Comments


satanrific!

Zippermouth
May 6th 2009


1305 Comments


Fuck satan. I spit on this band.

Wizard
May 6th 2009


19402 Comments


Really, really like your review writing good sir. Props!

patented Norsecore hyperblast

I nearly shit my pants with laughter but then realized you might have started a retarded labeling trend around these forums hahaha.

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plutosatanclubhouse
May 6th 2009


142 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

lol thanks dude =]

KILL
May 6th 2009


71793 Comments


satan.

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Hawks
May 6th 2009


35824 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good review once again. Album/band rules.

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IGotShotInTheFace
May 1st 2010


444 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

ImmmEnSE album. Good review.

EnCrypt.
May 27th 2010


882 Comments


Does this album have really bad production typical black metal?

Meatplow
August 26th 2010


5524 Comments


why does this rule so hard

KILL
August 26th 2010


71793 Comments


because satan

Hawks
August 26th 2010


35824 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah it's probably because of Satan.

DestroyHim
February 9th 2011


173 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this album is so fvcking good!

ThrashK
February 23rd 2012


60 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Rules

conesmoke
November 18th 2013


5212 Comments


hail satan.



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