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Nocturnal (Diamond Records)

By: Jeb Branin

This is the second recording by RESURRECTURIS that has graced my mailbox and I'm startled at the development the band has achieved in only two or three years. This album has much more depth and certainly more variety than the previous album, which wasn't too bad in its own right. RESURRECTURIS have a distinct brutality that underlies everything they do. However, they don't limit themselves to only exploring extremes. "Nocturnal" has several tunes that are darker, more ponderous and even rather ethereal. A female vocalist checks in off and on and ATROCITY style post-death is also prevalent for much of the album. The constant change in approaches doesn't really trip the band up at all. They have the dexterity to explore various sounds without sounding forced or awkward. And they have the sense to not become too disjointed in their approach. They drop anchor in the tumultuous waters of death and that tether centers their sound no matter where they stray. The only exception to this being the final tune "Midnight Letter" which is a flowing piano piece with female vox. But even this tune fits in well with the overall sound of the album because it serves as a postscript to the harshness and on an emotional level provides a sense of resolution.
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