Noctilucant
Oblivion To You All


4.0
excellent

Review

by BurntSynapse USER (20 Reviews)
July 28th, 2016 | 22 replies


Release Date: 2016 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Absolute despair.

Dark ambient can be a difficult genre to describe. Characterized by ominous drones and field recordings transmuted into alien sounds, records can usually be equated to shapeless fluffs of noise. They rely on atmosphere often comprised of foreign soundscapes that dredge feelings from your subconscious. In a phrase, the music sounds timeless. To feel immersed in these abstract compositions, patience and repeated listens are needed. This is of utmost importance when listening to cinematic dark ambient. Gravid with stories beautiful, horrifying, or even not of this world, albums require your full attention. In his sixth release Oblivion To You All (OTYA), Noctilucant crafts an arresting post-apocalyptic tale. He explores a civilization lost to nuclear fallout and traverses its stygian streets.

Seldom does OTYA inspire hope. Water supplies are contaminated and city streets have mutated into an arctic tundra. Along these roads walk writhing corpses. What used to fill their eyes with life are now stained with pale sunspots of disease. Most of these details are provided in the harrowing monologue of OTYA’s opening track, “Introspective Dissolution”. “This Day Brings Forth Our Destiny” spins up as an old movie projector. Nostalgic, hot air wafts from the fan’s vent. Serene ambience washes over soundless frames of times past, pondering the new world lying ahead. It instills wonder. “Those Peaceful Days of our Past?” harkens to a pre-apocalyptic life. A raven’s caw or a birds chirping atop sun-drenched trees create organic textures. These memories bring solace and offer glimpses of peaceful atmosphere. When you open your eyes though, only a plane of frozen earth and rotten limbs lie beneath your feet. Other than these tracks, nothing exudes warmth.

OTYA follows some unknown peripatetic. Above his footsteps in the snow, a drone glistens overhead like the northern lights. It’s saturated with mystery. It looms in his zenith and radiates for OTYA’s duration, changing sound and shape with the time of day. “Devouring Night” is hostile. The bellowing drone merely serves as a dim guiding light, outlining features of the snow covered architecture. But on “The First Light of Morning”, a chilling beam of sun protrudes from the skyline. It arouses fleeting hope.

“Back into the Hole where I was Born” finds the arctic nomad turning the pages of a photo album. Hoarse, he murmurs about the life he once lived. The monologue starts as horrendous, but twists into an epitaph and chisels the wrinkled visage of a man who loved his family. Within seconds, a gunshot rings. Despite his suicide, OTYA continues its trek. It stumbles a bit on its title track when it continually croaks “oblivion… to… you… all!” with various vocal inflections. Besides this, OTYA is absolute despair. The demise of the man is nothing but a trivial passing in this wretched world. Concluded with flies feasting upon his corpse, Noctilucant reminds us that life means nothing in times of ruin.



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iloveyouall
July 28th 2016


6312 Comments


bruh, simmer down with the thesaurus

BurntSynapse
July 28th 2016


132 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Doesn't look like the artwork got fixed for this record, but the appropriate url is:

https://noctilucant.bandcamp.com/album/oblivion-to-you-all



I always appreciate constructive criticism. This is a great cinematic dark ambient release, let me know what you think :]



You can listen/purchase/download here at the same web address linked above.

BurntSynapse
July 28th 2016


132 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Hah! What words really struck you as "using a thesaurus"?



In the amount of time it took me to post this, I seriously doubt you even read it.

iloveyouall
July 28th 2016


6312 Comments


transmuted (not because of the word so much as its use), gravid, stygian, peripatetic, etc.

iloveyouall
July 28th 2016


6312 Comments


bruh, i'm a level-6 speed reading motherfucker the likes of which you've never seen.
suck my dick.

BurntSynapse
July 28th 2016


132 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

No need to be so be so harsh. Here are definitions for you:



Gravid: pregnant;

Stygian: extremely dark;

Peripatetic: one who travels from place to place

iloveyouall
July 28th 2016


6312 Comments


not even being harsh fam.
just feels like you could've used much less ~erudite~ lexical arrangements to convey and prove your suppositions in an equally effective manner.

BurntSynapse
July 28th 2016


132 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

That's fair, I appreciate it. I just don't like being told to choke on someone's knob when all I did is write four paragraphs about a record.

iloveyouall
July 28th 2016


6312 Comments


choke on my knob.

iloveyouall
July 28th 2016


6312 Comments


pos.

BurntSynapse
July 28th 2016


132 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I am so confused. What is going on.

iloveyouall
July 28th 2016


6312 Comments


you're welcome

BurntSynapse
July 28th 2016


132 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

You actually got me riled up for a second.



I really do appreciate your feedback. I seldom get feedback on my dark ambient reviews. They tend to get a bit heavy on language and description, so thank you for calling me out on it.

iloveyouall
July 28th 2016


6312 Comments


i was a bit heavy-handed in my crit, but yeah. sometimes just have to remember that the people reading it might not have the same grasp of the english language you do.
that aside, you describe this album well, albeit at the same time doing little to distinguish it from the countless dark ambient albums of the same ilk (atrium carceri and all the ~cinematic~ stuff on his label), but you've still piqued my interest.
i'll probably peep it.

BurntSynapse
July 28th 2016


132 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

No, not heavy handed at all. I really do appreciate any constructive criticism you can throw at me.



That is also a very good point, distinguishing this record from other dark ambient records. I've never been good at making comparisons between records (probably because I have never actually tried). At the same time, I fear that if I make these sorts of comparisons (between Noctulicant and Atrium Carceri), I would lead the audience even further astray.

iloveyouall
July 28th 2016


6312 Comments


you don't need to make comparisons per se, but emphasise the aspects of the album that set it apart... otherwise, as is kinda the case with this review, it comes across as sounding run-of-the-mill (which is hard for dambient, and especially this kind of dambient, seeing as the whole cinematic schtick is really popular atm).

just experiment with your writing a bit and see what you can come up with.

BurntSynapse
July 28th 2016


132 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I understand, thank you. I'll give it another shot on my next dambient review.

iloveyouall
July 28th 2016


6312 Comments


np fam, anytime!!! : ) ) ) )

smaugman
July 28th 2016


5422 Comments


wow this guy uses walking dead posters as album covers :D

AsleepInTheBack
Staff Reviewer
July 28th 2016


9752 Comments


Stunning review man. The vocabulary here does come across a tad overblown when compared to the average sput review. That being said it fits a dark ambient review perfectly and helps describe a genre that its pretty tough to describe.



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