Limbonic Art - _Ad Noctum - Dynasty of Death_
(Nocturnal Art, 1999)
by: Pedro Azevedo (9 out of 10)
Limbonic Art have delivered a third opus (not counting the demo re-recordings album, _Epitome of Illusions_ [CoC #36]) which is, on one hand, remarkably intense and especially -fast-, but on the other hand lacks some of the symphonic brilliance of its predecessors. I'll have to keep saving their 10 out of 10 for the day when Limbonic Art manage to blend the extraordinary atmosphere of _Moon in the Scorpio_ [CoC #18], the outstanding keyboard work of both _MitS_ and _In Abhorrence Dementia_ [CoC #28] and the kind of aggression and intensity they achieve on _Ad Noctum_. This may come as a surprise to many, but on _Ad Noctum_ the guitar work is actually predominant and the keyboards tend to be low in the mix and seldom take the lead. Limbonic Art are more outstanding keyboard-wise, but they are also able to create some very good riffs; _Ad Noctum_ is certainly not keyboard-less or anything either, and the extra guitar sound and increased drum machine speed give it other interesting characteristics. Things get especially great during the highly intense and supersonic "Pits of the Cold Beyond", but sometimes the guitar work is less remarkable and the relative lack of keyboards becomes much more noticeable. Still, this is another excellent record from Limbonic Art; maybe next time they will achieve the blend I mentioned before.

(article published 15/1/2000)

9/1/2002 C Flaaten 8 Limbonic Art - The Ultimate Death Worship
1/16/1999 P Azevedo 8 Limbonic Art - Epitome of Illusions
3/16/1997 D Schinzel 9 Limbonic Art - Moon in the Scorpio
2/5/1997 D Schinzel 9 Limbonic Art - In Abhorrence Dimentia
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