Review from Mournful Sounds

May 11, 2022
From: Mournful Sounds
Published: May 10, 2022

When it is proposed with mastery and with the right sense of measure, depressive black metal turns into one of the most poignant and, at the same time, satisfying musical forms that you can listen to. In Italy, in particular, we can count several prominent realities among which I would dutifully mention Eyelessight, and this is not done casually because, in this debut album of Notturno, a band born from the inspiration of Molisan musician Vittorio Sabelli, the vocal interpretation is entrusted precisely to Kjiel, the one with whom it is natural to identify that project. One of the two female voices (the other one is Tenebra from Dreariness), that better know how to evoke and return in its entirety the pain of living and the torment of a psyche in decay, is at the service of the compositional sensitivity of Sabelli, able to weave a little less than forty minutes of music with an enormous emotional impact; the three long tracks that make up Obsessions are revealed as equally strokes of authorship in which you go with surprising fluidity from twilight atmospheres to heartbreaking tears of dsbm matrix, while maintaining a firm melodic imprint that is not even scratched in the moments when the interventions of Kjiel go to express a suffering almost paroxysmal. Fear, Darkness and Falling make up a triptych of lacerating beauty, enhanced by sounds tendentially cleaner than the average of the subgenre and a flawless executive work, with all instruments played by Sabelli except the drums entrusted to the French Sven Vinat; Obsessions wounds and leaves scars destined to reopen just when you believe that the pain has been partially soothed: a must for those who prefer listening to dark music, poignant and tormented.
 

Review from Black Metal Cult

May 4, 2022
From: Black Metal Cult
Published: May 1, 2022

Here comes another absorbing project by multi-instrumentalist Vittorio Sabelli (Dawn of a Dark Age), NOTTURNO. Last April 29th, the band released the first full-length, Obsessions, which featured the excellent female singer Kjiel (Eyelessight) and French drummer Sven.

Before giving my opinion about this recent endeavour, it is worth commenting on the beautiful cover art of the album. The artwork and the layout were conceived by Nino R. M...

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Review from Metal.it

May 4, 2022
From: Metal.it
Published: May 1, 2022

Tre lunghi brani colmi di magia.
Un viaggio, disperato e triste, all'interno delle ossessioni e della follia che flagellano la nostra psiche.

"Obsessions", opera di esordio del duo italiano sotto i vessilli della impeccabile Hypnotic Dirge Records, indaga in profondità dentro la parte più oscura di noi, ci svela quello di cui abbiamo paura, mette a nudo le nostre debolezze e, in modo doloroso, emoziona.
Le stupefacenti melodie, frutto di una mis...

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Review from Musipedia of Metal

April 29, 2022
From: Musipedia of Metal
Published: April 29, 2022 

Notturno is a new project from Multi Instrumentalist Vittorio Sabelli, from Dawn Of A Dark Age and Suici.De.Pression. Vittorio is joined in this project by Vocalist Kjiel, who usually provides the vocal chords for Eyeless Sight, and guest drummer Sven. Obsessions is Notturno’s first release. Notturno’s style is broadly black metal, and specifically a mix of atmospheric and depressive black metal, that is melodic, tuneful and t...

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Review from Games, Brrraaains, and a Headbanging Life

April 25, 2022
From: Games, Brrraaains, and a Headbanging Life
Published: April 25, 2022

Three behemoth offerings of dark, chilling and harsh atmospheric black metal. Notturno take the listener on a journey into dark and very deep depths. Where light struggles to reach and the silence is ominous and intimidating.

It’s this sense of foreboding that makes Fear so very palatable as the slow melody and whispered, throaty vocals swirl around the mind. Leading to a sharper and more intense explosion o...

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Review from The Headbanging Moose

April 23, 2022
From: The Headbanging Moose
Published: April 22, 2022

A melancholic trip into the obsessive compulsions that take shape within our lives in the form of first-class Atmospheric and Depressive Black Metal made in Italy.

Developing its atmosphere through lengthy songs with strong dynamics and pacing, keeping the listener lost in a reverie and crafting an immersive experience at once melancholic and infectious, the newborn Italian Atmospheric/Depressive Black Metal project Notturno will...

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Review from Wonderbox Metal

April 15, 2022
From: Wonderbox Metal
Published: April 15, 2022

This is the debut album from Notturno, an Italian black metal band.

Featuring the vocalist of Eyelessight, Notturno play a mix of depressive and atmospheric black metal that also contains elements of doom. There are three epic-length songs on Obsessions, delivering 37 minutes of material in total.

The music is despondent and forlorn. It effortlessly conjures melancholic soundscapes across the span of the songs. A well-rounded dark atmos...

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Review from Black Metal Spirit

April 15, 2022
From: Black Metal Spirit
Published: April 9, 2022

Tres temas conforman el primer álbum de este nuevo proyecto italiano que nos ofrece un sonido black que se nutre de influencias que van desde el doom, al depresivo pasando también por le atmosférico. Los temas son extensos permitiendo unos largos y elaborados desarrollos en donde el oyente se ve sumergido en una suerte de paisaje de ensoñación denso y repleto de melancolía en donde confluyen sonidos limpios con teclados, bajo ...

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 Released: April 29, 2022
Genre: Atmospheric Black Metal

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