Nox Formulae – The Hidden Paths to Black Ecstasy (Review)

Nox FormulaeNox Formulae are a Greek black metal band and this is their debut album.

This is ritualistic/occult black metal that combines a raw delivery with elements of the avant-garde and atmospheric.

The band take the second-wave black metal template and mutate it into something a bit more atypical. Synths and dark melodies add extra levels to the bleak assault, and there’s an overwhelming feeling of negativity emanating from the music in waves of despondency.

The music is relatively diverse, spending its time between slow, mid and fast paces with ease and good transitions. This makes for an album that doesn’t feel one-dimensional and is an easy listen all of the way through, (well, easy if you like this kind of thing, that is…).

This is not melodic black metal by any means, but that doesn’t mean that the band don’t recognise the importance of a good melody here and there though. I also like that the band play both the aggressively fast and the more atmospheric black metal strains equally well.

Vocally, the main delivery is high-pitched, blackened screams, but like the music there’s variety on offer here too, with chants, spoken word, shouts, semi-cleans, etc. all used at various points.

For a decent underground black metal album that’s a little different and yet still retains an aggressive delivery, this is a really good listen. Check it out.

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