Nocte Obducta
Nektar: Teil 1 - Zwölf Monde, Eine Hand voll Träum


4.5
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by Rationalist USER (50 Reviews)
January 11th, 2010 | 19 replies | 4,780 views


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A rather excellent, somber album I should say.

1 of 1 thought this review was well written

It seems nowadays that musicians are trying to be "innovative" by juxtaposing genres to such an extent that it is really unclear what it the main focus of the band. Sure, some outfits like Kayo Dot explore more so with claustrophobic textures and musical density than genre, but somehow, they still transcend genres. Some vanguard outfits like Naked City have taken this in stride, and used it to their advantage. Incoherent discord was their game, and they proved that not only were the one of the most innovative groups around, but they were also one of the best. But others have decided that this is not to be their destiny. Nocte Obducta is one of these groups.

Never placing their originality as the utmost priority, this band is obviously influenced by vanguard material. However, they do not make it so evident that the music falters in subsequent event. They use every bit of innovation they have acquired throughout their musical growth and expanded upon it tremendously. And using such acquisition to put forth a somber auditory onslaught is clearly advantageous to their album, Nektar: Teil 1 - Zwölf Monde, Eine Hand voll Träum.

Tracks like the stunning “Winter: Dezembermond” are rather bleak soundscapes that showcase the band’s talent for composing exquisite somber delicacies whilst retaining the intensity that could easily be assuaged by the more serene sects of the song. These serene moments are found mostly at the end of the track, and only reflect their German lyrics which are extremely funereal in nature.

For example, the closing track boasts lyrics which roughly translate to, “I walk through the valleys/I take control of my lonely step/It’s gentle sound makes me tremble/and makes the dead cower behind walls/with dwindling embers/those of low blood walk through the snowy valleys.” Rather than express abstract concepts, or making evident use of allusions, Nocte Obducta take a rather timid approach with their bleak lyrical content.

Passages like, “As tears of a forgotten God fall/in the dream of a dead queen/the mist carries the black tulip Requiem/via lilacs and the black lullaby”* express the aforementioned macabre take on subject matter, and exemplify it with a more poetic approach. Although this genre is not based off lulling, distant melodies, the poeticism crawls to the forefront of the music.

Although there are several capable musicians in the band who show their skill at crafting dark, intense, technical masterpieces (sweeps, quaint time signatures, and an excess of tremolo plucks are incorporated into the music), melodic passages are found I know not how oft on this record, taking the reigns of this aural assault exquisitely. This is expected from a genre like this though, unlike the tribal beats that are used phenomenally in tracks like, “Frühling: Des Schwarzen Flieders Wiegenlied." Rather than taking these tribal rhythms and focusing an entire song on them, Nocte Obducta take the route of incorporating these sections of creativity where apt, as not to detract from the music’s brilliance. Jazzy bits are thrown in where apt as well for the same reason, and folk bits are made use of properly and therefore do not assuage the album’s impact, nor do they make the overall product of the album of lesser quality. While everything seems fine and good, there are some minor faults that make their way into the music.

Firstly, the black metal aspects of the album do occasionally seem reminiscent of previous songs on this album. On a cursory listen, this does not interfere much with the quality of the album, but with more delving, this layer of similarity is revealed. Secondly, the vanguard elements should be prolonged, as these quirks improve the quality of the songs by a great deal. Do not take this out of context, though! The band’s take on black metal is not tedious; it’s just plagued with the fact that it has been done before with a few dissimilarities here and there. Had the aforementioned tribal beats been a focal point of the music for a while longer, or had there been a segue to the black metal piece that was to ensue, the track would have a larger potential. And lastly, the production is a bit gritty, even if that is expected from the genre. But with these flaws, this album is an excellent work of somber brilliancy. Complete with portentous doom, discordance, musical technicality, and a great deal of innovation, Nocte Obducta’s album, Nektar: Teil 1 - Zwölf Monde, Eine Hand voll Träum is not something to miss.

FINAL RATING: 4.3/5-A rather excellent, somber album I should say.

*Rough translation



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Rationalist
January 11th 2010



880 Comments


First "black metal" review.... critique to your heart's content.

Essence
January 11th 2010



3559 Comments


typos abound once again, sentences are choppy, second paragraph has some pretty words but doesn't really say anything besides "look at me"

Athom
Staff Reviewer
January 11th 2010



17118 Comments


wow, you guys are biting on this hard. someone posts a 5 review for an album that has a little bit of personality (for better or worse) and the jizz-train pulls into the station.

Digging: Sad Lovers and Giants - Feeding the Flame

Essence
January 11th 2010



3559 Comments


also once agian you reviewed some obscure thing someone else already did and offered basically the exact same opinion

Athom
Staff Reviewer
January 11th 2010



17118 Comments


according to RYM this is not obscure.

Essence
January 11th 2010



3559 Comments


RYM is weird, adam, you know that

TheSpirit
January 11th 2010



16662 Comments


This has more than " a little" personality

Digging: Sexdrome - Grown Younger

bungy
January 11th 2010



8843 Comments


There's nothing wrong with riding the jizz-train.

According to Adam RYM has the last word on music disputes.

Rationalist
January 12th 2010



880 Comments


I wrote another review!
/irreverence

Rationalist
January 12th 2010



880 Comments


I've never been on rym. Is it any good? Review wise/similar opinions to myself?

kitsch
January 12th 2010



5105 Comments


first paragraph is stupid and self defeating. splicing genres is not creative; thats why ska punk sucks.

kayo dot doesn't splice genres, they fuse them and have created an aggregate entirely new.

you dont have to reinvent the wheel to be creative or expressive.

Athom
Staff Reviewer
January 12th 2010



17118 Comments


according to MA this is not obscure.

TheSpirit
January 12th 2010



16662 Comments


so?

Rationalist
January 14th 2010



880 Comments


so... MA means everything to everyone and anybody who doesn't know that should be forced to read MA until MA's opinions sink into their thick skulls and that is why MA is good and because they said this was not obscure they are right and redskyformiles is amazing and we should change our opinions because of some random review site and that is my report on MA not to be confused with NA

bungy
January 14th 2010



8843 Comments


That wasn't a rational comment. ;)

I'm so fucking cool.

Rationalist
January 14th 2010



880 Comments


I've said it before and I will say it again and again. My name is not in any way, shape, or form a method to publicize my rationality. I am an irrational, pretentious, moderately liberal joke. My name is not any of the aforementioned; it is actually rooted in music. It is a complicated Say Anything reference. I dislike not only S.A.'s music, but their frontman, Max Bemis. Anyone who owns a Say Anything album knows that he has made claims that he is a humanist I know not how oft. However, he has done very little for the human race (very much like a holier-than-thou liberal who claims that poverty and homelessness is the worst plague to strike America, yet does nothing to help provide a solution) and I am therefore contrived to believe that this statement is as ironic as The Scarlet Fucking Letter and as irrational as the Hurricane Katrina clean-up strategy. Therfore I made a name out of the latter of these two descriptions and gave myself the misnomer, "Rationalist."

bungy
January 14th 2010



8843 Comments


Haha awesome

Rationalist
January 15th 2010



880 Comments


Holy shit, you understood that.

KILL
April 24th 2012



67082 Comments


this is gd



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