Genre/Influences: Dark-cinematographic, dark-ambient, ritual.
Background/Info: Nocte is hailing from Scotland. I didn’t really find relevant information about this band, but it all looks like “Circumeuntes” released on the Bulgarian label Corvus Records is the project’s debut album.
Content: “Circumeuntes” is mixing different influences. There clearly is a strong cinematographic and dark-ambient input, which has been merged with other elements like ritual music and a more epic/orchestral touch. The tracks don’t have real titles, but are numbered accentuating the mystery around this band and their work.
+ + + : The cinematographic aspect of the work is pretty fascinating and especially when joined by some kind of sacred chants and other spooky, fragmented vocals. “XI.I” is a noticeable track illustrating this dark approach. I also have to mention the more epic-sounding “XI.XXXI”. It’s not a ‘pure’ cinematographic release and I especially like its diversity.
– – – : Some tracks are a little bit hesitant, like a band in search of their proper sound. The songs are easily listening pieces, but without a truly climax.
Conclusion: The best from this work comes at the end so you have to be a little bit patient to get an idea about Nocte’s potential.
Best songs: “XI.I”, “XI.XXXI”, “I.XXIX”
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