NOKTURNAL MORTUM

Pagan Black Metal / Symphonic Black Metal / Folk Metal / Melodic Black Metal • Ukraine
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Nokturnal Mortum are a Ukrainian black metal band and one of the biggest names of the "pagan black metal" movement. Most of their lyrics are based around Slavic mythology, though they have also portrayed Anti-Christian and antisemitic themes in their lyrics (especially in the album NeChrist). Though their lineup has changed over the years, frontman Knjaz Varggoth has remained the band's leader and main songwriter.

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NOKTURNAL MORTUM Twilightfall album cover 3.75 | 8 ratings
Twilightfall
Melodic Black Metal 1995
NOKTURNAL MORTUM Lunar Poetry album cover 4.33 | 13 ratings
Lunar Poetry
Symphonic Black Metal 1996
NOKTURNAL MORTUM Goat Horns album cover 3.78 | 17 ratings
Goat Horns
Symphonic Black Metal 1997
NOKTURNAL MORTUM To the Gates of Blasphemous Fire album cover 3.50 | 9 ratings
To the Gates of Blasphemous Fire
Pagan Black Metal 1998
NOKTURNAL MORTUM Нехристь album cover 3.17 | 9 ratings
Нехристь
Pagan Black Metal 1999
NOKTURNAL MORTUM Мировоззрение album cover 3.92 | 6 ratings
Мировоззрение
Pagan Black Metal 2005
NOKTURNAL MORTUM Weltanschauung album cover 4.29 | 13 ratings
Weltanschauung
Pagan Black Metal 2005
NOKTURNAL MORTUM Голос Сталі album cover 4.09 | 19 ratings
Голос Сталі
Folk Metal 2009
NOKTURNAL MORTUM Істина album cover 3.88 | 4 ratings
Істина
Folk Metal 2017

NOKTURNAL MORTUM EPs & splits

NOKTURNAL MORTUM Return of the Vampire Lord album cover 3.17 | 2 ratings
Return of the Vampire Lord
Symphonic Black Metal 1997
NOKTURNAL MORTUM Marble Moon album cover 4.00 | 3 ratings
Marble Moon
Symphonic Black Metal 1997
NOKTURNAL MORTUM The Taste of Victory album cover 4.17 | 3 ratings
The Taste of Victory
Pagan Black Metal 2003
NOKTURNAL MORTUM Eastern Hammer album cover 3.75 | 2 ratings
Eastern Hammer
Pagan Black Metal 2007

NOKTURNAL MORTUM live albums

NOKTURNAL MORTUM Live in Katowice album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live in Katowice
Black Metal 2009
NOKTURNAL MORTUM Kolovorot album cover 4.75 | 4 ratings
Kolovorot
Pagan Black Metal 2011

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NOKTURNAL MORTUM Return of the Vampire Lord / Marble Moon album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Return of the Vampire Lord / Marble Moon
Symphonic Black Metal 2003

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5.00 | 1 ratings
Коловорот
Pagan Black Metal 2012

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NOKTURNAL MORTUM Голос Сталі

Album · 2009 · Folk Metal
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Whereas eary Nokturnal Mortem albums looked to Dimmu Borgir for inspiration, many of their newer albums like Голос сталі (Voice of Steel) are clearly more folk oriented black metal with a healthy dose of additional instruments that seem more inspired by early Bathory. The folk influence is evident from the getgo with a good chunk of time devoted to it in the beginning before any actual metal finally kicks in.

This is one of their better later albums. While not being one of the most original bands on the block they do have the knack for borrowing liberally from other musical sources and honing it into something interesting. An experiment that at times works and often doesn't but on this album which has a very epic feel to it, I think it does. The crisp clean production is a plus. The fact that this band is racist and promotes Nazism makes me glad that I don't understand the lyrics but I do enjoy the music.

NOKTURNAL MORTUM Twilightfall

Album · 1995 · Melodic Black Metal
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siLLy puPPy
TWILIGHTFALL is Nokturnal Mortem's debut demo, which at over 50 minutes in length should be considered a full-fledged album given the fairly decent quality of the production.

This is a very different album from the next demo. This is a more straight-forward black metal album with influences from doom, thrash and death metal and interludes of folk instrumentation. Keyboards abound but they are more subdued and don't rise to the forefront like they do on LUNAR POETRY, although they do stand out occasionally. Early Dimmu Borgir is clearly the major inspiration here but they do manage to secure their own sound despite the influences being obvious.

Where this album does seem like a demo is in that it is unfocused and is a random collection of songs that are presented to show off the diverse influences of the band. Despite this, I find I actually like this album a lot more than I thought I would. Whenever I feel like listening to Nokturnal Mortem I usually skip the later works and go back to the first two demos.

NOKTURNAL MORTUM Goat Horns

Album · 1997 · Symphonic Black Metal
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Nokturnal Mortem is really a hit and miss band with me. I guess i'm in the minority when I say that I really dislike this album in comparison to LUNAR POETRY, the previous one. Everything that made the last album perfect has been messed with leaving this album seem unbalanced and overstretched.

The first thing I find overweening is the WAY too long intro, if you wanna call it an intro. What made the previous album work so well was how NM started each song with a beautiful folk melody and built upon it slowly until it was full on symphonic metal fury with no part overstaying its welcome. With this album they obviously thought more of everything was better. Well, I think it collapses under the weight of all the loftiness piled onto too little of an anchoring support. Several songs like this and then the outro goes into some strange musical journey that is totally incongruous with the album!

I can't say I hate this album. I do find parts of it are enjoyable, but listening to it makes me wonder why the repetitiveness warranted such lengthiness and it only makes me wanna go back and listen to LUNAR POETRY again, because on that album the ideas they present here actually worked. I must say though that I do give a thumbs up to the band for experimenting and not stagnating on the success of any particular sound.

NOKTURNAL MORTUM Lunar Poetry

Album · 1996 · Symphonic Black Metal
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Many bands have demos that suck and only mature once they release albums. With Nokturnal Mortem I actually like the two demos better than most of the albums. This one is my favorite of any release by the band so far.

Although they are basically building on the style invented by Dimmu Borgir on FOR ALL TID, I think they managed to take this sound and perfect it. What works for me with this album is that by using simple Slovak folk melodies on the keyboards, they build through variations to a satisfying black metal fury. Unlike the songs that are on the follow-up and first official full album, GOAT HORNS, these songs seem like the right length never outstaying their welcome. The mix works for me as well as it is different than most black metal. It is eerie and actually fits quite well with the concept and artwork. Even the strange guitarless synth-and-drum interlude “The Grief Of Oriana” seems to fit in.

If you are put off by many of the later NM releases, which for me are very hit and miss, then give this demo (at almost an hour long it could be considered a proper album release) a try. You might find that you do enjoy an NM release from beginning to end. Originally I was gonna give this 4.5 stars but after listening to it again a couple more times, I think this is a perfect album.

NOKTURNAL MORTUM Goat Horns

Album · 1997 · Symphonic Black Metal
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I'm honestly surprised that Nokturnal Mortum's Goat Horns gets the praise it does, because whilst at points its symphonic black metal approach can be pretty exciting, there's also some severe flaws with the album.

First off, you have nearly 9 minutes of the album's running time being eaten up by Black Moon Overture and Eternal Circle, the classical keyboard pieces which bookend it. Now, I'm not necessarily averse to black metal albums setting aside a large amount of their running time for electronic experiments - I love Burzum's Filosofem, for instance - but this cheesy nonsense just isn't of the level of quality necessary to win me over. Black Moon Overture is positively infuriating because it's presented as an intro piece but it's nearly 5 minutes long, which is about five times too much intro for me - I just want to yell at the album "Get to the point!"

As for the songs themselves, well, essentially Nokturnal Mortum take the early Dimmi Borgir compositional approach - complete with occasional use of acoustic instruments and plentiful keyboards. I guess the best thing I can say about this album is that it at least doesn't resort to the sort of overt Jew-baiting material the band would bring in from NeChrist onwards, and that there's points where the mashup of black metal and keyboards get genuinely interesting. However, it's too weighed down by lazy cliche and imitation of its betters to really convince me, and for most of the running time the keyboards are just in the way.

This is most evident on the mix of the title track, in which the keyboards - despite playing more or less constantly during the track - are more or less drowned out by the conventional metal instrumentation. And Goat Horns is the best song on the album (despite being overlong and labouring too many of its points) as a consequence of this; the fact is that the keyboard lines are the most cheesy and cliched aspects of the album, whilst the guitar work is the best. When you can take out a whole instrument from the mix and improve your album considerably, you know that something is deeply wrong.

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IMPF2112 wrote:
more than 2 years ago
I totally agree. So far, NM are the only band to which I've given every single one of their full-length albums a 4.5 or higher.
Wilytank wrote:
more than 2 years ago
I'm quite confident that this band can do no wrong.

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