Nocrul takes primitive black metal and adds some sinister melodies as well as a fair amount of atmosphere to create a wholly blistering, dark, twisted and unique sound. There are seven original songs on their newest release titled Khorne and one cover and out of the seven original songs you get purely damning and soul tearing black metal without any reprieve. Once you press play you are stuck in their dark and slithering world of black metal until the final song has concluded. Nocrul does a great job of mixing skin scorching tempos with slower and mid tempos to create some atmosphere for you so that you aren’t just getting hit over the head completely with nothing but disgustingly fast torment.
Khorne begins with a sinister and skin crawling intro before they head right into the twisting and blasphemous music. After that intro is over Nocrul provides you with seven damning songs that you just can’t seem to shake no matter how hard you try. As mentioned before, these songs on this release aren’t your typical barbaric black metal as they are pumped full with melody and atmosphere, and each song has plenty of both. Throughout this release you get dark and twisting melodies and just as dark and twisting atmospheres to compliment that.
Each of the seven songs that are present in this release provide you with a dark, sinister and cold atmosphere that wraps you up nearly immediately and it follows you all throughout. Nocrul add some keyboard elements in to each song to give you a darker and more biting listen. Not only that, but when the wall of black metal calms down a bit the keyboards get a chance to shine and display their full capabilities of providing you wondrous, melancholic and blasphemous atmospheres. The keyboard elements tie in very well with everything never overshadowing or taking a backseat to anything and they help propel each song to new darkened heights.
The atmosphere is one thing about this record that makes it a great listen, but the slashing riffs, solid drum work and wraith like vocals are the other elements that make this record a great listen. From song to song you get pummeled by a wall of blackened noise that is filled with pure darkness and evil so much so that you may be lucky to escape with your soul in tact after listening. Each aspect of this album from the keyboards, to the drumming, to the riffs and vocals is executed very well and sewn together nicely to create a cohesive and raw listen.
Khorne is a unique listen that provides you with much more than just straight up and down black metal, and that is what makes this a great listen.
Khorne will be out February 28, 2017 through Neverheard Distro.