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I like the direction this album went for, hopefully on the next album they'll get more mature about what they want to sound like, because at this point they really have no identity as far as genre goes. It's good, it's solid, but nothing spectacular. I'm not that big of a Black Metal fan, but the occasional record that recieves great acclaim in the underground does eventually come to my attention. Nachtmystium are one of these bands.
One could pretty much say that Nachtmystium is the equivalent of Black Metal having slow sex with Pink Floyd. Just listen to "A Seed For Suffering". I enjoy the production on this record. When a Black Metal band overproduces the "raw" sound, or goes for an utterly clean sound, they just completely ruin the atmosphere or just ruin the whole record.
Nachtmystium wins for their production. It is perfectly balanced. Not too clear, somewhat muddy. Onto the review. The guitars are phenomenal. There are absolutely no generic, standard or typical Black Metal riffs here.
These are all pretty much progressive to an extent and are all varied. The lead work and solos are fabulous. The guitarists have really been able to catch the essence of what psychedelic lead work sounds like. The drums are in between slow and mid-paced, with the occasional blastbeat or punk rhythm. They add more of a feel and groove to the music than just constant blasting. Otherwise, if you are a true fan of old-school Black Metal, this might not be the record for you, but if you are open-minded and willing to try something new, with a twist, then I recommend this to you all the way.
While Nachtmystium have certainly been the underdogs of USBM, living in the shadows of larger bands like Krieg and Leviathan, the ground-breaking Instinct:Decay quickly and fiercely breaks the Darkthrone-worshipping motif that made this band in their earlier days. Instinct:Decay is a daring, progressive, and experimental black metal album that shatters old barriers and all the while stays true to the aesthetics and atmosphere of the genre.
Azentrius proves himself as a composer and musician by truly striking into his heart and soul to dig for the music, and the result is nothing short of amazing.
Instinct:Decay is a pure artistic progression without bounds, unlike almost every other black metal album this band's past discography included to emerge from the USBM movement in several manners; not only does it push the envelope on the old-school vibe, but it also seamlessly integrates various forms of experimentation and progressions that transcend black metal.
Wailing, screaming, horrifyingly distorted leads warp in and out of the mix, and there are plenty of solos through the album's course that hold a high degree of melody. I would dare say that the addition of the ebow on this album gives everything a very druggy, psychedelic atmosphere, and the somewhat obscured production only aids in this. The songs here possess a startling earnesty and sincerity that can't be feigned, as if they were written in the very depths of a divine "trip" on LSD or salvia.
The passion conveyed in these songs rivals that of what can be found in Xasthur or Leviathan; Azentrius' passionate screams twist and turn in fits of rage and mania, loosely guided by the swirling, hazy guitars and pounding drums.
Since Azentrius also brought in session members for the recording of the album, everything seems more organic as well. Imperial's throbbing bass powers the mid-paced and somewhat melancholy "Chosen by No One," and Wargoat Obscurum's drumwork stays perfectly within the confines of the music, but the blastbeats only help to add undeniable fury and intensity to the songs.
Each member carefully balances his role with another to give an open show on all fronts. Aside from a degree of progression and daring experimentation that result in a wonderful atmosphere, this album has a few other things that set it apart and make it a gem; the lyrics stray from the usual occult, suicidal, and Satanic ramblings in favor of a more introspective flair that examines the human mind and the self's need to find higher meaning in life; when combined with the music, it almost seems philosophical, and incredibly surprising for a black metal band.
The production, while not unbearably raw, does let you know that you ARE listening to a black metal album; the drums have a deep, somewhat muffled sound; the guitars are a grey haze that weave desolate melodies around the listener, and the slightly muddled vocals only accent the ferocity in the performance. Quite simply, Instinct:Decay is one the best albums to emerge in black metal in the 's. It ranks right up there with the modern classics, and rightfully so: with this much ground broken, it deserves to be such.
You owe it to yourself to give this a listen, with or without heavy drug use. However, on their album Instinct:Decay Nachtmystium reserve the keyboards and melodic guitars for making supremely enjoyable black metal, instead of bland, bombastic extreme metal.
The guitars on this album play catchy, yet fierce riffs that will stay with you very easily. Every song seems to have one or two great riffs that make each song unique and excellent.
The songwriting here is really top notch. The production is middle of the road. Besides the well-crafted riffs, there are a few clean sections thrown. Again normally this would make me recoil in horror, but they are kept at a minimum and done tastefully. The vocals are reminiscent of others in the genre and remind me of a lower pitched Wrest Leviathan.
They are more than passable and suit the music well. The drumming is in the same situation as the vocals. It is good and keeps the music rolling along, and is there when needed, but the drummer never steps beyond his bounds. The keyboards play a mainly background role, and are effective in enhancing the guitar without overpowering it.
Besides the excellent riffs and good drums and vocals, the best thing about this album is the guitar solos. They are not your typical metal leads either. The solos are drenched in wah effects and capture and evoke emotion very powerfully. They add that extra element that makes Insinct:Decay so great. From the earlier, average raw Black Steel Nachtmystium emerged into something more original and individual than the other bands from the scene.
Articles Features Interviews Lists. Streams Videos All Posts. My Profile. Advanced Search. Styles Black Metal Heavy Metal. Recording Date July, - November, Recording Location Track Listing. A Seed For Suffering. I HIGHLY recommend this album, to all black metal fans with a slightly open mind, and anyone interested in just hearing a new and unique take on the black metal style of music.
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