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Cathartic Black Rituals

by Nocturnal Departure

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"Hails Winnipeg! You are bringing your subzero icy climes to the rest of the world! NOCTURNAL DEPARTURE are here to crush you beneath the rotting hooves of the apocalypse! Their new release Cathartic Black Rituals has me twitching, it’s so good."

"The album’s ten relatively compact tracks (which include a discombobulating prelude that’s part weird electronica and part monstrous recital), have been produced to deliver hard-hitting, heavyweight rhythmic power, scorching vocal mania, and riffing that itself has heft as well as a distorted fuzziness. The relative clarity and naturalness of the production allows the vibrancy of the bass and the cymbals to surface, and brain-spearing leads to dart and slither through the mauling heaviness of the surrounding sounds.

The band have a talent for dynamic songcraft, frequently changing the tempos and drum rhythms (which aren’t dominated by blasting), as well as the moods, and they’ve cooked up a plethora of head-hooking riffs and moody melodies as well. As you move through the album you’ll encounter music that’s carnal and thrusting, ravaging and rapacious, and gloomy and oppressive. That persistent dynamism, as well as the riveting capabilities of the drummer and the viciousness of the vocals, combine to make this a thrilling trip from beginning to end."
- No Clean Singing

"This is an absolute essential black metal release of this year. Crank it!!!
- Death Comes Lifting - RATING: 5/5


released August 7, 2019

Kryptys - Drums
Illartha - Bass
Funeror - Guitar/vox

Recorded October/December 2018 -Mixed/Mastered February 2019
Dino D’Ottavio - Mixing/Mastering
Ripley Hoogstraten Morden - Recording/Production

Jordan Dorge (Imperium Design) -
Digital Design of Logo/Album Cover
Brad Skibinsky (Eye And Ear Control Records) - Digital Logo Update/Album Cover Update
Evan Hoover (Chimera Photography) All Photo Credits

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