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Nightbringer: Apocalypse Sun
Black Metal
The Ajna Offensive, Avantgarde Music
May 11th, 2010
Release length: 1:06:13
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Apocalypse Sun is a very strong follow-up full-length album by the Black Metal act Nightbringer. If you have heard the band’s past material, then you already know what to expect from this intense act. However, if you haven’t had the opportunity to listen to this band, then prepare yourself for this somewhat unusual Black Metal release that plays into what everyone expects from an album of this style today, but dips in the more occultist, ritualistic approach for their music to create a rather different feeling to this album.

Nightbringer have put together a nice, solid, stand out album here with Apocalypse Sun, though you wouldn’t really know just how much on either category by the opening track “I Am I”, which plays out more as a traditional fast paced Black Metal song that could easily give the listener whiplash with it’s intense pace and technical guitar riffs laid against blistering double bass kicks and well placed cymbols and snares that come at you so fast you won’t even know you’re near the end until it’s too late. Actually, you won’t really notice anything too distancing with this band from many traditional acts until around the third song, “Serpent of the Midnight Sun”, which is where the fun really begins on this work, presenting music that ties into the more occult themes by giving off the feeling as if you are present during an actual ritual of some kind thanks to the music and the expectation to hear people chanting along with it soon before it dives into the Metal.

There are plenty of other great songs on here, since not every track has that odd ritualistic feel to it. “Goblet of Sulfur and Poison” is another track that is well worth your time, being a track that is similar to the opening song “I Am I”, but not as fast paced. It still incorporates some great blast beat usage without going overboard with it, as well as features some great musical construction and depth. But, even though this release has it’s positive sides, there are a few tracks here and there that will lose you. “Supplication Before the Throne of Tehom” is a good track, but winds up just being a bit too drawn out after a while, with a slower section that hits a little more than half way through the song that becomes a little repetative after a while. “The Utterance of Kasb’el” is another track that really isn’t too bad, moving at a very slow pace. This would be fine, but the song really seems to lack any real kick to it, and the only feeling you get from the song is a little bit of a haunting element when the music stops and the guitar plays a very simple chord. Clearly this track could have been passed up on the final pressing.

But even with those two tracks holding the album back a bit, with only “The Utterance of Kasb’el” really being the only song of the two you’ll wind up skipping over, there is still plenty of material on here that makes this a release you should check out. Nightbringer manage to create an aural assault with Apocalypse Sun, with the heavy and faster tracks that make up much of the album really standing out, and the few tracks that feature the bit of occult influence to them only pushes this release along on a high note. With the varied levels of chaos that are presented on this release, there’s ample material here to keep coming back to and discovering more about it through future spins.

01. I Am I – 6:18
02. Supplication Before the Throne of Tehom – 7:05
03. Serpent of the Midnight Sun – 8:56
04. Upturning the Seventh Chalice – 7:01
05. Excitium: Litany of the Devouring Earth – 5:09
06. Goblet of Sulfur and Poison – 5:52
07. The Coils of Sevekh – 4:16
08. Nephal: The Seat of Pan-Daimonium – 6:29
09. The Utterance of Kasab’el – 4:40
10. Fount of the Nighted God-head – 10:27
Overall Score: 8/10

Digital review copy of this release provided by The Ajna Offensive.