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Nox Aurea : Ascending In Triumph

Nox Aurea play Gothic Doom the old way.

Released in 2009, the debut album of the Swedish made me the impression of being just another Draconian’s clone. Less good, but with a certain kind of ‘philosophy’ in its core that made it a rather enjoyable listen. They changed of label and as quickly, they come and make the news with another full-length.

The risk was big to get an album of the same kind, to have to bear the same unpersonal draft, but, this is not the case. Gothic Doom is still what Nox Aurea is about, but this time, they looked back into the past and deliver their Doom in a mid-90s typical style. You have a song like 'Mother Aletheia Chapter II', with its heavy and morbid riffs, the alternation between inhuman male grunts and female ethereal vocals, that directly refers to the first albums of Orphanage or The Gathering. The atmosphere in 'Ascending In Triumph' is even darker, more tortured and ultimately more mature. The theme of the album it-self is quite different from what one might find in the genre (no tears, no fussy poems).

It's some kind of a metamorphosis for the band, which can’t be seen as a Draconian copycat anymore, but almost arises as a serious contender. Without any doubt the best Gothic Doom album that has been released so far this year.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Ascending In Triumph
2. The Loss And Endeavour Of Divinity
3. The Shadowless Plains
4. Mother Aletheia Chapter II
5. The Delight Of Autumn Passion
6. My Voyage Through Galactic Aeons
7. To The Grave I Belong
8. Emendare

Duration : Approx. 62 minutes

Visit the Nox Aurea bandpage.

Reviewed on 2010-11-03 by Laurent Lignon
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