Incorporating elements from Shining, this South Korean band is thick with depression, like a puddle of blood pooling below slicing razors. Within a few moments of opener, “My Little Dark Paradise,” I am immediately hooked. This eight-minute beauty showcases everything from emotion-laden BM chords, classic raspiness, some V-Halmstad-era Shining sorrow, and even hooky Muse-like vocals. On top of the overall atmosphere of the song, you’ll also find a mellow Shining-meets-Opeth piano section at 4:27 and an addictively gothy power metal chorus. Somehow Nacht delivers all of these harsh-to-soft transitions seamlessly without being overly “progressive.”
And even though “Blood, Cum, and Shit” appears to reek of Nattefrost’s piss and feces, it turns out to be one of the most beautiful songs on the album. Structurally it utilizes Cobalt-meets-Shining melody/emotion with a nice mix of gruff and power in the vocal department. The opening vocals are some of the best on the album and dig deep into your skin. Other elements include the introduction of operatic female vocals, calming piano interludes, and some jazzy drum patterns (you can find more of the latter in “The Lily and the Rose”). From here, the album continues its ascent and really begins to grow. One of the stand out songs on the album, “A Gaunt Tree” expands on all previous elements with some acoustic and orchestral passages, giving it that epic seal of approval. Kyuho also delivers some Sigh-esque vocals that finish off the song in a massive way.
Price: 8.00 €