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Nocturnal Convocation - Mors Omnia Solvit

Nocturnal Convocation
Mors Omnia Solvit
by Justin "Witty City' Wittenmeier at 23 December 2019, 4:20 AM

According to Cursed Monk Records, the name and number of the members involved in NOCTURNAL CONVOCATION was agreed to be kept a mystery, as were the lyrics to “Mors Omnia Solvit,” the project’s second release overall and first full length. That idea might seem corny and a bit over the top to some but, at the same time, there is much to be said for musicians who only want the music to be the focus, to let it be their voice instead of having a face attached to it.

This approach works well enough for this release, as the music is definitely mysterious.  This year I have reviewed and listened to some truly dark Doom Metal.  ATARAXIE, NAGA, ESOTERIC, KRYPTS,  and DROWN have all released albums that are frighteningly dark.  But NOCTURNAL CONVOCATION take the proverbial cake.   The difference is, however, “Mors Omnia Solvit,” seems to be less focused on song writing and more on just atmosphere that is bathed in impenetrably darkness.

The riffs are simple but very tonal in their electric charge that, unfortunately, also sound like they are permanently surrounded by fuzz that comes out more like the static on a TV that can’t reach a signal.  Much of this can be attributed to the terrible production job.  I assume it was done this way on purpose but, as I always say about bad sounding albums, just because it makes sense for the artist (s) involved doesn’t mean it works the same for the listener.

The album itself is one song done in six movements—it is a neat idea but all the songs sound basically the same.  If you put this on as background noise, the changing of tracks would probably never be noticed.  As such, this is an album that really demands your attention to fully absorb it.  Even more so than the aforementioned bands, several of which have songs well over 20 minutes in length, this isn’t an album you can listen to just anywhere.  At home with headphones on in a dark room is the best way to experience this.  After a while, the static and the noise begins to clear somewhat and real songs begin to form although they never quite take shape.  I love artists who don’t follow conventional tropes and structures but sometimes a line is crossed.

This is a decent enough album, but I’m torn on how I feel about it.  I appreciate how against the grain the band is, and their ability to play such truly desolate music is impressive but, I can’t help but feel that it goes out of its way to be dark for the sake of it.  There just aren’t enough moments of clarity among the crushing depths for my tastes.  However, there is clear passion here because, quite simply, no one makes music like this to get rich or famous.  This album was written because the he/she/they really felt something within.

Songwriting: 6
Musicianship: 6
Memorability: 6
Production: 6

3 Star Rating

1. Capitulum I
2. Capitulum II
3. Capitulum III
4. Capitulum IV
5. Capitulum V
6. Capitulum VI
Record Label: Cursed Monk Records


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