Nocturno Culto - _The Misanthrope_
(Peaceville, 2007)
by: Pedro Azevedo (no rating)
Going into a CD or DVD with no clue what it's about can just as easily be a blessing as a curse. In this case, maybe if I did know the contents of the DVD in advance it wouldn't have been quite so bad. Nearly one hour of footage, the vast majority of which featuring contents and production standards the likes of which you expect to find as extras on a music DVD: unfortunately that's the most accurate way to describe this release in a few words, the way I see it.

Despite its interesting cover art and ambiguous title, _The Misanthrope_ by Darkthrone's Nocturno Culto turns out to be little more than a collection of homemade clips that form a rather disjointed whole. Things start off with footage of Nocturno Culto icefishing with Enslaved, followed by a video clip of sorts of the song "Rust". Then you get rehearsal footage, Aura Noir signing their contract with Tyrant Syndicate, a visit to Tokyo that includes an exposition of black metal photography and some live Gallhammer, then more Tyrant Syndicate arsing around and some brief and very mediocre footage of Aura Noir live. Connecting all this you find essentially two elements: black and white footage of woods and snow, which is quite pretty but otherwise not much use; and several appearances by an old man called Knut, who apparently used to be a fakir at a circus. Hardly anything that he says is ever translated from Norwegian.

A companion audio CD is also included, featuring ambient tracks with some electric guitar thrown in. While I am no great connoisseur of this particular musical spectrum, the CD did nothing for me and in no way helped enhance the DVD.

It's not inconceivable that someone obsessed by Darkthrone might find interest in _The Misanthrope_, and even some less dedicated fans may be curious enough to watch this once. It still amazes me how this was deemed worthy of release though.


(article published 23/6/2007)

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