Nocturnus
Ethereal Tomb


3.0
good

Review

by Geadom USER (9 Reviews)
July 8th, 2013 | 16 replies | 1,100 views


Release Date: 2000 | Tracklist

Review Summary: An average trip to the Death Metal cyberspace – even with some decent sightings on the road.

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

And here we are, eight years have passed since Nocturnus, one of Death Metal pioneers into tech territory released their last album Thresholds. After ensuring rights to the band, firing founder member Mike Browning (such luck, after getting fired of other pioneering death metal band, Morbid Angel , who he also co-founded), and disbanding due to being dropped off Earache catalog, Sean McNenney (guitars) and Louis Panzer decided to resurrect the band, with a far more spacey theme than before. But is this trip really necessary?

Ethereal Tomb main flaw it’s apparent from the very beginning: it’s the tameness and lack of progression/aggression that a band of this caliber, with so much potential, display. The bass as always (delivered by Emo Mowery, who also does vocals) is really low profile on the mix. Even on the guitar solos, it doesn’t do a single thing to distinguish itself from the main instrumentation– a shame, due to the rhythm section being so solid otherwise. Louis Panzer keyboard parts are not as frenzied as before (where it FIDDLED around the guitars, and didn’t hesitate to be heard upfront on the production), but give even on the background, the perfect extraterrestrial ambience to the music (The Killing and intro to Search for the Trident), and are by far the best part of the album . Drums, courtesy of Rick Bizarro, are solid and diverse, with a lot of good fills (Orbital Decay) and double bass, but have such a LACK of aggression, and feel so docile, that even with a great riff upfront, they just kill what could be a sighting of a nova on this space adventure ( Paranormal State being the prime example of this).

Riffs and solos (by the duo of McNenney and Mike Davis) are more than fitting and manage to take the ship out of the atmosphere, but long are gone the dual guitar parts and the random (but exquisite and well placed) solos of the past. As with the rest of the album, they feel so PREDICTABLE on their placing ( Apostle of Evil ) and execution; but not all hope is lost in the deeps of the galaxy: Riffs are for the most part catchy and more than decent ( especially on the closing instrumental, Outland, that without doubt is one of the best tracks), but the landscapes on the way to outer space remains for the most way average.

The band themes still revolve around sci-fi horror, with some (you guess it) average lyrics, and even more common vocals: Mowery retains a mid-ranged growl that while doesn’t upright annoys, doesn’t deliver anything new to the table. With a tad more aggression, the vocals could have been the fuel that could have blasted the album to the infinite, but alas, even being appealing on their execution (Apostle of Evil, Orbital Decay), and some cool effects / distortions on some parts, that defining moment, that turbulence that brings excitement, never arrives.

With a mostly mid tempo approach and accommodated performance, Ethereal Tomb kills right away all the impact that this cyberspace trip could have delivered. While a breath of fresh air of all the metal produced on its timeframe, this feels like something that a new band would have done, and not the odyssey expected from one of Death Metal once most original bands. Only recommended to those who are beginning their journeys into Death Metal landscapes.

Recommended tracks:
Orbital Decay
Apostle of Evil
Outland



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Geadom
July 8th 2013



2810 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Artwork SUUUUCKS big time, thats for sure.

Any critics, input or typos/error pointing its always appreciated.

Wanted to review this since a long time, a guilty pleasure o mine, i jam this from time to time, even while sucking a bit.

Geadom
July 8th 2013



2810 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s4zz-joF_Qo

Orbital Decay

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zCJQaBZL6ik

Edge of Darkness

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H6S3RU_ZGpY

Apostle of Evil

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k0ICFOTexeo

Outland

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
July 8th 2013



6942 Comments


8 years hav

eight*

(such a luck, after get

such as*

fired of other pioneering DM band

from* death metal*

All of this in the first few sentences. Try reading your thoughts out loud

Geadom
July 8th 2013



2810 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Thanks, fixed ´em. English is not my native language, but that´s no excuse, my grammar sucks, but im fiercely trying to improve it.

Psobesri
July 8th 2013



291 Comments


But it’s this trip really necessary?


is not it's

sweet review

FrozenVain
July 8th 2013



2373 Comments


"Artwork SUUUUCKS big time, thats for sure."

Yeh you can say that again.

I dig The Key hard but I haven't checked this one out yet and I probably never will. Solid review, man! Pos'd.

TrueBlood
July 8th 2013



1388 Comments


like omg dude

JasonCarne
July 8th 2013



241 Comments


I still wonder why they even released this album, it's nowhere near as good as their first two records. Also, The Key may have what I consider the absolute best metal album art of all time, and Thresholds' rules too - this just feels like a slap in the face to their visual history and Dan Seagrave.

bloc
July 8th 2013



34679 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Totally forgot about this. Better refresh my memory on it.

Digging: Anberlin - Lowborn

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
July 8th 2013



19497 Comments


cool review never heard this band. There are a couple spelling errors but I think most of them were already pointed out

Digging: The Who - Tommy

Geadom
July 8th 2013



2810 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I blame microsoft, Word corrector is not what it used to be, lol.

Gonna check the grammar in a while, thanks guys

facupm
July 11th 2013



7109 Comments


neg'd


Digging: Marillion - Misplaced Childhood

facupm
July 12th 2013



7109 Comments


lol just kiddin pos'd

Geadom
July 12th 2013



2810 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

mas te vale, lol

facupm
July 12th 2013



7109 Comments


definitivamente

facupm
July 12th 2013



7109 Comments


:D



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