Once in a while-and hopefully more often than that-you will come across an album that at its very core is darkness and upon listening you get a sinking feeling in your heart as if your soul is being ripped out of you. One of those such albums is Nocturnal Hymns to the Fallen by Demonic Obedience. Nocturnal Hymns of the Fallen is an album that is played in the vein of blackened death metal and at the very core of this album you will find molten darkness that quickly draws you in and shreds your soul to pieces.
Nocturnal Hymns of the Fallen is played all by one man and that man orchestrates death and deals plagues. There are eight songs in total on this release and each song is blasphemous and utterly sinful as it guides you down the halls of hell only to be stripped of your flesh and drained of your blood. Each of the eight songs is entirely aggressive, poisonous and they wrap themselves around your neck squeezing tighter and tighter until you’re left lifeless.
Each song sounds as morbid-if not even more morbid-than the one that came before it, so there is no shortage of darkness in which you get to dwell and there is no shortage of blasphemy. This one man cranium blasting band does a great job right out of the gate making you feel as though you are submerged in chaos and blackened hell fire. There are brief moments within this record that provide you with a slower not so punishing tempo, but those moments are fleeting before you get pile driven right back into the maelstrom of skin ripping metal.
All eight of the songs that are present here on this record are violent hymns of death and pure demonic madness. Nocturnal Hymns of the Fallen takes you to a place that is poisonous and they submerge you in filthy, raw and soul mashing blackened death metal. Once you begin listening this monster of an album comes after you and there isn’t anywhere that you can hide as it tears you limb from limb and submerges your conscious mind molten darkness and chaos.
Demonic Obedience engulfs you in flames and hell fire with writhing and sinister riffs, bone rattling bass lines, tumultuous drumming and incredibly demonic and possessed vocals that really make you feel as though Satan himself performed them. This is an album that takes you down a path that is dark and mysterious and all at the same time, creatures emerge from the dark only to devour you and steal your innocence. Nocturnal Hymns of the Fallen is a sinister and serpentine album that forces its way into your mind whether you want it to or not.