Don't let the over-the-top cover art fool you- Nyktalgia is actually a very good black metal record, replete with quality guitar work and containing a compelling atmosphere. The vocal work is also excellent- very Burzum-esque. "Lamento Larmoyant" is probably my favourite track, but all four are good, and most impressively, the album never gets boring despite the heavy repetition. 4.3
Although Nyktalgia are just another in a long line of Burzum worshippers, their self-titled release is a fine piece of 'depressive black metal' that doesn't rely on the faux-sorrow trappings of their contemporaries. Both "Misere Nobis" and "Lamento Larmoyant" are fantastic, containing varying tempos and song structures. Combined with Varg style vocals, these attributes make for a very cathartic and interesting listen. Save this one for an overcast day.