Review by Adam M on March 11, 2011.
A Symphonic Black Metal barrage of sounds is created by Atrium Noctis. Their sound is at once sweeping, emotional and abrasive. It recalls the atmospheres created by the band Emperor on albums like "Anthems To The Welkin At Dusk," however with a more restrained and melodic nature. The vocals shift to meet the musical tapestries as effectively as possible. There’s a combination of higher and lower pitched vocals to be found. It leads to a sound that is constantly changing to meet the needs of the outfit.
Overall the musicianship is tasteful and well performed, particularly in the guitar work. However, the drumming is a low-point as it sounds hollow and buried in the mix. Songs are peppered with a heavy amount of keyboard usage to add part of the melodic aspect the outfit tries to attain. The music is moving when it’s on, which is very frequently. There are times when it loses some momentum and drags slightly. However, for the most part, Atrium Noctis kept my attention. The bombastic elements of the disc are combined nicely with the more somber moments to make for a complete album. Right from the opener 'In Memoriam Moriendi' the tone is set for an atmospheric release that will have a variety of moods. In fact, the opening song is definitely a standout.
Atrium Noctis may not have the visceral impact of some Black Metal bands, but they enough atmosphere created to make up for it, easily. The album has some peaks and low-points, but it is nonetheless an entertaining listen for those that have the patience. Those that are able to sit through the fairly long running length of the disc will find many emotional moments to become attached to. "Home" is a very good Melodic and Symphonic Black Metal effort.
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Rating: 7.7 out of 10