Nocturnal Symphony - _Monsoon Winds_
by: Pedro Azevedo (4 out of 5)
One of the bands I recently saw live and whose demo I now review (the other being Obscenus), Nocturnal Symphony has created an interesting demo which benefits from a high quality production to achieve a consistent sound which enhances the skilled guitar playing and competent death growls and female vocals. This new band from the Porto, Portugal, area has their best moments during some of the female vocal parts, namely during the fine choruses. As I mentioned before in my concert review [see CoC #26], the similarities to Theatre of Tragedy are many, but Nocturnal Symphony doesn't have a keyboardist; therefore, their sound is guitar-based. Fortunately, the guitar work is very good throughout the demo, something which really doesn't always happen in demo tapes. Nocturnal Symphony still have a lot of work ahead of them, namely in the development of song structures, but this demo does contain some very enjoyable songs.

Contact: Nocturnal Symphony

(article published 1/1/1998)

11/17/1997 P Azevedo Morbid Death / Nocturnal Symphony / In Velvet Clouds / 2 Kill Portuguese Potential Part II
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