NOCTURNA – Lucidity EP (CD)
Norwich, UK’s progressive metal group Nocturna play a solid mixture of melodic, atmospheric progressive rock with slight hints of symphonic metal thrown in for good measure.
“Lucidity” is a stellar six track EP with tons of potential to be in the running with such contenders as Symphony X, Dream Theater and Fates Warning. Nocturna is very proficient within their songwriting skills and further display a whole of attitude in their power driven prog metal.
Their songwriting approach is very unique in a way, as they start off their songs with some interesting atmospherics yet keeping their solid musicianship at the forefront of the songs here.
I was most impressed with the fact that these guys have incorporated quite a bit of catchy and interesting musical and vocal arrangements within the span of 30 minutes – wow!
I hope Nocturna hurry up with a new full-length album soon, as this is simply not enough for me. These guys are just too damn good, and do it convincingly more than anything else.
Also, for those of you looking for some real heavy shit here, but in the progressive vein, check out their angst driven antics of “Cast Assured”, with some influences from the heavy edged group Periphery. You’ll definitely be able to bang your head hard to this one. This track features a superbly thought out mixture of the more melodic clean vocals found on this EP as well as the more heavy aggression type of vocals as well. Nocturna is highly worthy of your time, as they’re onto something very big and unique here. [Self-Released] Sarjoo Devani