Incineration of the Nocturnal Mysteries
The sound of crackling flames and slow, somber chords drifts from your speakers… is this the aftermath of destruction? Has the end of the world already occured, and we have somehow missed it? Sadly, no. We are not to be spared this horror, as it is only just beginning…
Venezuelan duo Nox Desperatio are all aspects of the end times. The apocalyptic inferno, the agony… the soundtrack to wandering the ruins and revelling in the destruction of not only earth but of self. The fulfillment of ancient prophecies and arcane knowledge. They aim to open pathways to facilitate the carnage so that the earth can be reborn, so that we can be reborn… a return to primordial power. Formed in 2015, D.V. is the mysterious being behind all music and instrumentation whilst Vel deftly handles vocal intonations and crafts their lyrical themes. Their depressive debut album Anima Veritas Vita Morte was great, sure (we briefly looked at it here late last year) but now the diabolical dyad return with an even more impressive sophomore offering: Incineratio Arcana Nocte.
Still inflicted with a deep melancholia but now with even deeper shades and more vivid textures, it’s a surprisingly affecting and emotive album that doesn’t stay entirely mired in depression and instead takes you on a journey through multiple (albeit mostly negative) moods. The omnipresent lead guitar that rises stark and clear from the darkness is a major catalyst of this, as its plaintively melodious tones alternately tug at your soul or infuse it with an impassioned fire – perfectly matching the emotion roared and rasped by Vel as he tears his throat to pieces. I’ve no idea how he manages the sonorous clean vocals that close out ‘Emanaciones de la Destruccion’, I’m surprised he can even speak, but they’re honest and only add to the raw human element of their sound. And it is perfectly raw and human; everything sits in this wonderful zone where it doesn’t sound like total shit but is still nowhere near a “nice” production. Very little studio polish; you could almost be sitting in the same room as the band while they play, none of this cavernous reverb-drenched rawness (well, maybe a little). It’s refreshing, and easy to connect with as it reaches inside to set your heart alight.
Incineratio Arcana Nocte is an album you really should devote some time to and give it a chance to work its ways upon you, I guarantee it’ll surprise you in numerous exceedingly pleasant and painful ways. To help convince you of this I’ve reached out to the band for a chat about all things Nox Desperatio… read the results below.
Hails Nox Desperatio! Thanks for speaking with us today. For all the people who have not yet heard of you, we’ll start with a little history: how did you two begin playing music together, and what were the motivations that led to the formation of Nox Desperatio?
– Greetings, thanks to you for taking the time to write us.
Well, we came together in 2015 united by similar tastes, music, and the power it had and has in us, so we decided to create a different project that managed to be as emotional as powerful. The balance of both factors was achieved over time until what is today, Nox Desperatio.
After a great debut in Anima Veritas Vita Morte you’re back with your second album, Incineratio Arcana Nocte, which Google tells me translates to “He Return To Dust The Secrets Of The Night”. Is this correct? What is the meaning of this name?
– It can be read it that way, but the main one and to which we refer is “The Incineration of the Nocturnal Mysteries”.
The lyrics are performed entirely in Spanish, but I believe there is a fascinating esoteric theme to the album – could you tell us a little about that theme?
– We decided to keep our native language because we have a certain strength in the pronunciation, vital for the expression of this lyric, and that in the same way the sound must be correct for us. We are not closed to presenting future works in another language, since in the same way the sound transmits what we want to transmit…
Nox Desperatio in this opportunity is manifested lyrically by a journey to the states that, through fire, reveal the hidden mysteries; feminine principle like water always present in different realities. The merger of the shadow of being with the conscious capacity of realization, the evocation of the ancient forces that dwell in each one of us whose source is no more than our own ancestral nature, a deep connection with the essential, is proposed. The Night Kings that possess the throne of the consequences, we against the established high giving the elements their place in the operations of the transformation, beyond all this illuminated by the great flame “the Pyra”, that ignites the spirit from the base to the finite point, from the density to the sidereal sublime. That, granted by the ancestral, the first to offer to man the forbidden knowledge, which guides us on the path of transmutation, freeing all earthly ties, thus of all paradigms established by the cosmic order.
A hypocritical duality where only the trip to the center is the true meaning, the location in space and time, the primary source of desire. The projection of our capacity as a whole to the darkest of our psyche, where all knowledge is stored magic of time.
Evoking the Serpent on the other side of us, primordial of the original world of the forms and of the hidden one it saw carrying the dark fire, it must burn everything imposed and out of the ashes will come the keys that will open the doors for all those who, with fire, decide to enter.
The sound of Incineratio… is rawer and possessed of a more intense melodicism than your debut album, although both are excellent listens. Some of the depressive elements are also no longer as pronounced. Was it a conscious stylistic choice to change in this way? What instigated this evolution?
– This work took a little more time to compose and record. The intention of this work was to tear inside and in the depths of the listener, melancholy sounds, raw and in turn with a touch of hatred and despair… We wanted to create a much more complete and longer-lasting work! I would like to say that Incineratio Arcana Nocte is the direct continuation of the first album Anima Veritas Vita Morte.
The cover art is intriguing. Who was the artist? Can you tell us a little about how it relates to the themes of the album?
– The artist who made the cover was Bryan Maita from BMS Illustration. This artwork was created from suggestions and ideas contributed by us, and Bryan achieved this atmosphere with painting. I believe that the enigma is the focal point, it is the mirror that is not seen, it is very subjective for those who contemplate… it is only the invitation to enter.
Your sound is deeply rooted in the old school traditions of black metal – would you say you take inspiration from any of the past masters in particular?
– We are faithful listeners of the music of the past decades. We can not mention direct influences for this work, I would say rather, that it is the result of certain currents that interest us and based on that, we are just maintaining that classic rawness that we enjoy, especially in the final quality of the recording.
The CD of the album is out now on Unpleasant Records, a relatively new label and champion of the underground who also released your debut album on tape. How have you found working with this label so far?
– It has been very gratifying for us, such an honor, that Unpleasant Records is the one that has been in charge of materializing this and our previous work. We hope to continue working together for future projects…
You are from Venezuela; home to some incredible bands. I briefly interviewed N of Unpleasant Records late last year and he made mention that you have “sacrificed a lot, and still do, even with all the crap situation that my country is currently experiencing”. What sacrifices does he speak of, and what are the obstacles or crap situations you have to deal with?
– All of us who remain in Venezuela are going through great adversities, and only the ones who are here or has left recently knows the situation in detail. We still believe that in the midst of this chaos we can stay firm. It is a very steep slope that makes even simple things difficult like going to rehearse. It has been rough for everyone in different scenarios, and very unfair. As for sacrifices, everyone sacrifices one thing for another … you just have to make it worthwhile.
In your opinion – what is the black metal scene like there at the moment?
– The Black Metal scene in Venezuela nowadays is at a very fragile point. There are still some projects that have arisen doing their best to materialize their works, other new projects have been born but are in a slow process since this requires the necessary equipment to obtain decent quality to record. This point is a little relative from the point of view of each person because it will depend on the monetary resources with which it counts, of course taking into account the economic and political situation in which we find ourselves at the moment, which is no stranger to any of us who still live here…
And finally: have you received much attention from across the seas? Is the spread of your black arts to foreign shores one of your goals?
– Nox Desperatio has had some attention at national and foreign level. The main objective is to achieve the consummation of it, to the extent that allows time and space, we will continue to create and materialize works to achieve this end. If it is heard in other continents, cool. We are not sure if at some point we can take this project to a stage… everything is possible.
Sincerest thanks for your time, Nox Desperatio. Any final words for us all?
– We can only say, thank you for giving us the opportunity to participate in your interview and for your time! Incineratio Arcana Nocte is now available via UNPLEASANT RECORDS and by us in Venezuela.
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