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Order of Nosferat – Nachtmusik

Order of Nosferat
Nachtmusik
by Savely Nevzorov at 16 May 2022, 4:20 PM

My first exposure to Finnish black metal happened in the early 2000s. This older guy in my school gave up part of his CD collection when he was moving to another town. That was when I discovered “Drawing Down the Moon” by BEHERIT. I'm not sure if I even heard about the existence of Finland at that time, but BEHERIT corrected that omission. Since then, I have always followed Finnish Heavy Music with sincere interest. The incredible, almost paradoxical level of competition – it is by far the country with the largest number of Metal bands per capita in the world – has made Finland a very unique environment for Metal Music, as it constantly produces new collectives. ORDER OF NOSFERAT is yet another fine example of such production. Their new full-length record “Nachtmusik” released via Purity Through Flame has become their third album in less than two years. Luckily, the creative prolificacy hasn't compromised the quality of musical material presented on “Nachtmusik”. Certainly, this record can please many fans of Finnish Black Metal and beyond.

Nowadays, Black Metal has become so diverse that the term alone usually says very little about the music. Let's dive into the details: ORDER OF NOSFERAT plays atmospheric Black Metal with lo-fi sound, unhurried pace, romantic harmonies, and vampire-themed lyrics. Buzzing guitars are combined with creaking high-pitched screams, accompanied by intricating keyboard. I would like to emphasize how great the keys on this record are. They’re shrill, beautiful, and extremely atmospheric. The disturbing rumble of the keys in “Tunes of Nocturnal Tragedies” gave me almost a SUMMONING-like feel, and the interesting booming melodies in “Bloodlust Nightmares Raging Wild” reminded me of such key-oriented bands as LUSTRE and ELDERWIND. The track “My Final Breath” turned out my personal favorite, with its almost blackgaze-like beginning section and a stunning ending. Despite all the associations, “Nachtmusik” sounds very self-sufficient. Small borrowings do not form the core of ORDER OF NOSFERAT's music, but rather are organically woven into it.

The vampire theme is reflected not only in the artwork and lyrics but also in the music itself, as the album offers a wonderful combination of biting sound and romantic decadent melodies in the main tracks, as well as a series of beautiful synth interludes, ranging from ambient to dungeon synth. The aforementioned "romanticism", however, does not make “Nachtmusik” less heavy or evil. Listen to the closing track called “The Cruel Awakening” and you will immediately understand what I'm talking about. “Nachtmusik” is an excellent Black Metal album and perhaps the best ORDER OF NOSFERAT released to date. The album perfectly conveys the atmosphere of that very decadent vampirism, immortal loneliness, and eternal longing for something full of life. It's a great joy to see that Finland continues to supply us with new interesting metal collectives. Let’s hope for this stream never comes dry.

Songwriting: 9
Musicianship: 8
Memorability: 7
Production: 8

4 Star Rating

Tracklist:
1. Tunes of Nocturnal Tragedies
2. Strains for the Restless Nights
3. Bloodlust Nightmares Raging Wild
4. For Those Who Dwell in Sleepless Despair
5. As the Eternal Night Fell Upon Us
6. Floating on the Sea of Drowned Desires
7. My Final Breath
8. A Song for Lilien
9. The Cruel Awakening
10. …of Mourning and Wintry Melancholy
Lineup:
Anzillu - Drums
Count Revenant - Guitars, Vocals, Bass, Keys
Record Label: Purity Through Fire
     


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Edited 07 July 2022
 

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