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Lecherous Nocturne - Behold Almighty Doctrine Award winner

Lecherous Nocturne
Behold Almighty Doctrine
by Salvador Aguinaga II at 14 March 2013, 3:51 PM

I first heard about LECHEROUS NOCTURNE vicariously through an interview I watched with Karl Sanders (NILE) mentioning this band as a talented act. His credibility of recommendations was proven with the third release via Unique Leader Records, “Behold Almighty Doctrine”. I don’t think anyone is quite ready for the brain implosion that is about to amount when you first pop in this album. I literally had to stop half-way through and come back to it later because I couldn’t digest it in a logical way. My amygdala was overwhelmed at the instrumentation. I mentally kept saying to myself, “This is good, this is good” that it affected my procession of the magnificence before me. Thankfully, my hiatus allowed me some rehabilitation and chemotherapy to undertake the album a second time. I was fortunate to sustain and comprehend until “Caustic Vertigo” before feeling the instability again. This isn’t to scare you away, it’s a depiction you are in for when you venture on with this (dare I say) masterpiece of an album.

LECHEROUS NOCTURNE decide to begin and end to album with a steady instrumental as a means to solemnly build up your capacity to withstand a montage of elaborate singeing divinity and to cool down your post-comprehension of  a musical paragon. As “Ouroboros Chains” begin to excite your cochlea it becomes apparent these guys use Technical Death Metal, Blackened Death Metal, and slight mixes of Avant-garde elements to justify the compositions in between. Think DESECRAVITY, BANE, and, GORGUTS, especially GORGUTS. I’m only referencing the guitar work and style, as for the drums Alex Lancia is a man of his own. I strongly feel I should mention IMMOLATION. I highly enjoy the drumming in the latter and Lancia leaves me in the same elated sensation as the IMMOLATION drummers do. It’s a shame Lancia isn’t well-known but that’s understandable since he hasn’t been playing for very long in metal acts. I hope once this release hits the world people will know who he is; he’s a very creative and talented individual. Primarily responsible as to why this album caused internal pseudo-irreversible brain damage.

Apparently I’m giving Lancia too much credit and you would be correct in that assumption. What use is calling something a masterpiece if only one member is responsible? Besides the drumming, there is one other aspect that supersedes it. It’s teamwork. I haven’t heard an album with this much symbiosis since OBSCURA’s “Omnivium”. Every member is crucial, they dependent well on each other and that brings the work forward into a supreme composition that surpasses many. If you want to dive into a song that reflects this really well, try out “Archeopteryx”. Listen real carefully, if not, it’s easy to miss, make every millisecond vital and you’ll hear and comprehend the pure mastery of teamwork these guys have.

As we move along we run into “Prelude #2”. It serves as a bridge for the halfway point of the album. There is a dark foreboding piano piece as a means to signify an increase of amplitude of the next quality driven songs. Beginning with “Judgments and Curses” and onward toward “Creation Continuum” the quintet are empowered as they escalate complexity and intensity reigns supreme.

As I explained before my brain began to deteriorate amidst “Caustic Vertigo”. I scrimmaged my way through these last couple of songs before the onset of the “Outro”. There my brain began to reform itself and comforted by the familiarity the outro shared with the intro. My everyday stability had returned and “Behold Almighty Doctrine” became a vivid memory. Not only is this album a set candidate for my top 10 albums of 2013 but also a top album of all time. I’ll definitely revisit this album many times to come and build a habituation without physiologically harming my brain.

5 Star Rating

Tracklist:
1. Intro
2. Ouroboros Chains
3. Bring the Void
4. Archeopteryx
5. Those Having Been Hidden Away
6. Prelude #2
7. Judgments and Curses
8. Lesions from Vicious Plague
9. Caustic Vertigo
10. Creation Continuum
11. Outro
Lineup:
James O’Neal - Bass
Chris Lollis - Vocals
Ethan Lane - Guitars
Alex Lancia - Drums
Kreishloff - Guitars
Record Label: Unique Leader Records
     


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