Like I said though, it's the band's first ever release, so it's excusable. That would just be nitpicking something that's wrong with the demo and to be honest, it doesn't drag it down whatsoever because his vocals are still pretty damn good.
Overall, this was a fantastic start for a band that has only gotten better with each and every album they've put out. Nokturnal Mortum is without a doubt up there with bands like Primordial when it comes to the top quality bands that blend both black metal and folk music from their native countries.
Even on the first material they ever put out, this band proves why they are considered to be in the upper tier of black metal acts in the modern scene and they don't seem to be slowing down any time soon.
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Instead of symphonic black metal with heavy influences of Slavic folk music, this is much more a melodic death metal recording with heavy influences of the aforementioned folk music.
Black metal, for the most part, alludes this demo. There are certainly some influences within the atmosphere and some of the dark guitar sections, but this is certainly closer to a death metal recording than a black metal one.
We usually are treated to heavily Swedish-influenced death metal riffing and at times, we can pick up on influences of doom metal, such as the sinister sounding "Glass Coffin". This really is a unique demo and it really cannot be described with a single genre. These songs all contain highly melodic breaks that, while they definitely sound good, they make the music sound inconsistent at times and some may find this awkward. There really isn't a set musical idea going on here; it's really a mash-up of different sounds and influences.
Guitar soloing is also very prevalent on this demo which all sound very melodic and even technical, definitely nodding to the overall death metal atmosphere of this demo.
The vocals are also highly death metal influenced. They are more akin to growling and I guess you could say chanting rather than high-pitched black metal rasps. There are even moments of clean singing, for example, on the acoustic "Where Rivers Flow into the Seas", which ends with a very cool implementation of the mouth harp. The vocals do in fact fit quite well with the sound Nokturnal Mortum was going for on this demo so I really can't complain about them.
They do sound very different than what Varggoth would do on the following albums, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Production wise, this is nowhere near "demo status". The sound is very clean and all the instruments are mixed in very well with each other.
Everything is audible, including the usually-excluded bass. The drums do seem a little too loud and overbearing at times, and this is also another example of the death metal sound this record produces. This works more like a full-length album than a demo, although I have been referring to it as a demo.
In all honesty, I was quite shocked upon hearing this for the first time as it really doesn't sound like a demo. It is much like the following release "Lunar Poetry" in terms of production, as everything clear, except it is also different, as it is very bass heavy unlike "Lunar Poetry".
If you have yet to hear it, this is definitely a good listen, if only a bit inconsistent. It is definitely worthwhile for those interested in hearing Nokturnal Mortum's death metal roots.
While I was looking through their discography, I noticed they had another demo released around the same time as Lunar Poetry, called Twilightfall. Thinking it was going to be similar to Goat Horns and Lunar Poetry, I decided to check it out; after all, the cover art was similar. I think the only song I heard was "Dark Flower of Temptation" and not even more than a minute into it, I stopped listening and dismissed the entire album as crappy and boring thrash metal.
I sure was an idiot, though, because a few years later I came across different songs and found that this was some pretty awesome metal I missed out on! Now for the past couple of years, Twilightfall has been one of my usual listens because it really is an exceptional piece of work. So what does Twilightfall actually sound like? For starters, everything here sounds nothing like the rest of Nokturnal Mortum's discography.
If I had to point out a genre, I'd fail miserably because there seems to be a big blend of heavy metal, black metal, thrash metal, and folk metal. Keyboards are still used, but there's a much bigger emphasis on the riffs. There are a ton of guitar solos scattered throughout each song and they never get old. Wotherax does an awesome job at leads and it's too bad he has only appeared on a few more releases.
Production is solid, but incredibly light. You can hear all the instruments well - the bass is very audible on "Glass Coffin. The vocals are interesting. Varggoth is known for sounding silly sometimes, but here he's incredibly consistent. Most of his vocals are growls not deep enough to be considered death metal vocals, but still quite low. On songs like "Autumn Opposition" you can hear him do kind of a singing growl.
I haven't really heard this effect anywhere else, so I thought it was pretty cool that it happened on Twilightfall. I don't recall any shrieks like that on the NeChrist album.
There are some female vocals scattered around, but they are supplements to the whole song. It includes Varggoth vocals, guitar , Karpath guitar and Munruthel drums. This demo record is not released officially too: the band negotiates with View Beyond Records without any result. The demo contains raw and fierce death metal perfectly fitting in underground scene of those years.
The album is released on tape through Belgian Shiver Records. Varggoth leaves the vocal duties and becomes the guitarist only. The history of the band starts in Kharkiv metal underground. Ukrainians are presented here with three tracks instrumental intro and two songs made in experimental style: many listeners were surprised with absence of native instruments in arrangements.
Also the poem of modern Ukrainian poet Dmytro Savchenko was used for it as lyrics. New version of "Hailed Be the Heroes! This is mutual decision, present and former members of the band stay on good terms. The band returns to concert activity and works on new material. The year ends with Kolovorot XII fest. This show is filmed and recorded for DVD and live album.
This new version already has been played at many gigs and still is concert staple of the band. In July Xaarquath leaves the band and Vrolok takes the bass player duties. In December Munruthel leaves the band for good.It’s compilation dedicated to the 11th anniversary of NOKTURNAL MORTUM’s activity (incl. proto-NOKTURNAL MORTUM bands such as SUPPORATION and CRYSTALLINE DARKNESS) “The Taste of Victory” MC & CD, “Return of the Vampire Lord” CD and “Twilightfall.