Review from Ave Noctum

February 28, 2020
From: Ave Noctum
Published: February 27, 2020

Symphonic Black Metal band Nachtterror…no, hang on, merely using the term “Symphonic Black Metal” does not do Nachtterror justice. OK, as labels go, it’s not a million miles away and yes there are plenty of Symphonic Black Metal elements to their sound, but they’re not firmly positioned between Emperor or Dimmu Borgir here (though Nachtterror have their moments), as there is so much more going on in this bands multi-faceted approach. Of course, I’m stating this as someone who heard the band before he knew anything about them, just a link to a track and an offer to review them. I jumped at it and still reckon I lucked out on this one!

Yes, Nachtterror are a Black Metal band, granted, but on this their first full-length release it feels like when given the room to explore and push musical boundaries this band have totally embraced it. To make any particular comparisons is difficult as the progressive nature of the tracks and the variations therein mean that just one section of a song could remind me of In The Woods, then Age of Silence and maybe Kampfar, with sections of aggressive Symphonic Black Metal scattered between. Additionally, a track could explode into frenzied blast beats, then emerge out of something Arcturus might present, to dive headlong into a passage similar to Ved Buens Ende with maybe a dose of Oceans Of Sadness. If pushed to simplify, maybe this is Symphonic Black Metal with a Pagan/Black Metal approach of early to mid era Borknagar with some Avant-garde Winds-esque moments running through many of the other layers that each track holds…some of the time…

The vocals are shared between low-to-mid range melancholic clean, to gut-wrenching grunts and screaming harsh…plus much in between, depending on what the music demands. And that music is as varied and intricate as you could hope for (the 11 minute title track alone is proof of that!). The way this talented Canadian 6 piece work their way around a song is at times breath-taking, such is their unwillingness to comply to the norm. “Judgement” is an unpredictable and strikingly interesting album that refuses to be put in any particular box. This is not an album to be grasped in a couple of listens, and should appeal to avant-garde minded Black Metal fans everywhere as well as any fan of diverse Extreme Metal. This is an album that asks for time to grow and demands repeat attention, with a wealth of imaginative arrangements that delve into the band’s extensive repertoire – this is indeed an impressive album.

Rating: 8/10
Reviewed by: Andy Barker

Review from V-M Underground

February 4, 2020
From: V-M Underground
Published: February 1, 2020

From Saskatchewan in Canada Nachtterror send us some melodic blackened Death/Doom metal in form of their first full length album “Judgement”. And what an album it is! This is one of those rarities that combines music and visual art as it is presenting a separate piece of painted artwork for each track. The fact that Lord Maelkleth, one of the band members, is the visual artist behind the paintings makes it more rare and special....

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Review from ZWaremetalen

January 15, 2020
From: ZWareMetalen
Published: January 9, 2020

“Goh kijk, nog een achterstallig album uit de tweede helft van vorig jaar.” Ik hoor het u al denken. En laat ik heel eerlijk zijn: ja, deze is even blijven liggen. Dat heeft in dit specifieke geval niets te maken met tijdsgebrek of desinteresse. Nee, het was gewoon heel erg moeilijk om mij een mening te vormen over dit album. Ik hinkte continu op twee gedachten. Vond ik dit nu geweldig verfrissend of net geweldig flauw? Best wel een...

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Review from Angry Metal Guy

January 9, 2020
From: Angry Metal Guy
Published: January 8, 2020

What a year 2019 was for Hypnotic Dirge Records, with stellar releases from NONE, Kval and Maeskyyrn to name just a few. It’s because of that last one, Maeskyyrn, that I came across Judgement, the full-length debut from the disappointingly-not-German Nachtterror. Earlier this year, I channeled all the might that my status as an exalted AMG writer imbues me with and demanded the promo Maeskyyrn’s Interlude from Hypnotic Dirge (rea...

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Review from Metal Temple

November 12, 2019
From: Metal Temple
Published: November 11, 2019

From the capitol of Saskatchewan, Regina, Canada, NACHTTERROR hails with some melodic sounding death metal. Following two EP’s and a Split release, "Judgement" is their first full length album released October 10, 2019. And what an album it is! Called “experimental metal” by some and self labelled as blackened doom metal. I think this album is hard to slap one specific genre label onto it as there is several different styles com...

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Review from Subterraneo Webzine

November 5, 2019
From: Subterraneo Webzine
Published: November 5, 2019

En este vasto mar de bandas en el que navegar y naufragar que está a la orden del día no hay piedad para que el oyente se tome un breve respiro. Siempre habrá bandas que escuchar, por lo que olvidaos del descanso. Ya se descansará cuando uno esté bien muerto y haya pasado su vida luchando por lo que uno quiere, filosofía que siguen cientos de bandas prometedoras que se quieren comer el mundo y que NACHTTERROR, unos luchado...

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Review from Dioses del Metal

November 3, 2019
From: Dioses del Metal
Published: October 28, 2019

Nachtterror, es una banda de Black Metal Sinfónico formada en 2006 en Regina (Saskatchewan, Canadá). Desde su fundación, Nachtterror ha sido una banda enfocada en contar una historia de tragedia y empoderamiento: la tragedia de la vida y el sufrimiento que la acompaña, así como el poder de abrazar su propia negatividad y usarla para evolucionar y crecer. La formación intenta transmitir la aceptación de lo inevitable y la cap...

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Review from Infernal Masquerade Magazine

October 17, 2019
From: Infernal Masquerade Magazine
Published: October 14, 2019

Unleashing one of the most unique and unexpectedly awesome releases of 2019, today we have Canada’s Nachtterror with their debut release “Judgement”. Clocking in at over 60 minutes of music, this release has a bit of everything for everybody, from heavy riffs and fast-paced sections to more atmospheric and melancholic passages. As the band’s first full length release, it shows a unique trajectory path between di...

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Track Premiere / Review of "Sea of Dread" from No Clean Singing

September 24, 2019
Track Premiere / Review of "Sea of Dread" from No Clean Singing
Published: September 2, 2019

Nachtterror‘s new album Judgement is one of those rarities that lavishly combines music and visual art, presenting a separate piece of painted artwork for each track — and it’s even more rare because the visual artist is also one of the band’s two vocalist/guitarists. You can see his album cover above — which we’re presenting for the first time — and after the jump you’ll se...

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 Released:  October 10, 2019
Genre: Symphonic Black Metal