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Nocte Obducta - Nektar–Teil 2: Seen, Flüsse, Tagebücher (9,5/10) - Germany - 2005

Genre: Avantgarde Metal / Black Metal
Label: Supreme Chaos Records
Playing time: 53:16
Band homepage: Nocte Obducta

Tracklist:

  1. Anis (Desîhras Tagebuch - Kapitel I)
  2. Und Pan Spielt Die Flöte (Desîhras Tagebuch - Kapitel II) >mp3
  3. Im Siebten Mond (Desîhras Tagebuch - Kapitel III) >mp3
  4. Es Fließe Blut
  5. Nektar
  6. Atme
Nocte Obducta - Nektar–Teil 2: Seen, Flüsse, Tagebücher

To me NOCTE OBDUCTA are one of the most impressive bands, if not the most impressive one. In 1999 they released their debut “Lethe – Gottverreckte Finsternis” (“Lethe – Goddamn Darkness”), and in 2004, only five years later they already recorded their fifth and sixth album in “Nektar I + II” (although you could in fact count the more than 30-minute EP “Stille – Das Nagende Schweigen” [“Silence – The Nagging Silence”, can’t find two different words for “Stille” and “Schweigen”, the latter describes the act of not speaking] among the albums as well), even though the latter was released only now. Very industrious, but it’s all the more stunning that in interviews Marcel Va. Traumschänder, the only (!) song-writer and lyricist, is already stating that he wants to play songs live soon that are supposed to be on the seventh and eighth album. So this man’s productivity is really incredible, especially as the NOCTE-albums are no black-metallically short, about half an hour albums, but lengthy, complex works with highly challenging and poetic lyrics.

 

Stylistically this part of the “Nektar“ series has turned out even more varied than the first one, the band mixes all imaginable styles of extreme and less extreme Metal. The trilogy “Desîhras Tagebuch” (“Desîrah’s Diary”), whose climax is the second chapter to my mind, is similar to the pieces on “Nektar I”, but it contains more progressive elements. On the following “Es Fließe Blut” (“Blood May Flow”) the band once again shows where their roots are and puts on an absolutely rapid and extremely sharp piece of Black Metal which clearly shortens the average playing time of the songs with its 2:48 minutes. To be honest I wouldn’t have believed the band capable of such a track anymore, as you rather thought they would limit themselves to long, intricate compositions after the epics on “Nektar I” and also the almost 16-minute “Und Pan Spielt Die Flöte” (“And Pan Is Playing The Flute”). This only underlines the fact that NOCTE OBDUCTA are by no means predictable or monotonous and it proves the class of the guys from Mainz, Germany once more. In general the two last tracks, “Nektar” (“Nectar”) and “Atme” (“Breathe”) are rather calm, time and time again the Black Metal shines through, though, with “Atme” turning into a pretty progressive-technical piece towards the end.

 

In fact I don’t want to go into the single songs in more detailed way, you simply must have listened to them to get an idea of the diversity of this band that presents a mixture between Black, Death, Dark, Progressive and other Metal styles here that always stays comprehensive. Lyrically they act, or band leader Marcel acts on a very high level again and leaves all German speaking Black Metal bands that I know behind with his works. If you take a look at the overall effort of this guy, you can’t help but get the impression that he is quite close to what is commonly called an artistic genius…

 

So make sure you check this unique out if you don’t know them yet. This album would be a good introduction. (Online May 8, 2005)

Dennis



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