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grahamy This is absurdly stressful music, and I mean that in the best way possible. I love the whammy bar nightmare effect of the keyboard solos. Incredibly overbearing. 🤘 Favorite track: Paleolithic.
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brynmarqart I love this album from start to finish, Super creative and unique progressive death metal. It is in many ways a sequel to Nocturnus "The Key: album. The music is captivating and always holds my attention. Congradulations Mike on this masterpiece. Favorite track: Precession Of The Equinoxes.
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Metallurgical Fire I listen to a great deal of weird, technical, and dissonant music. This album will actually scare you a little if you play it alone in the dark. It finally clicked for me after I got used to (and started to like) the production. I love the drums, and the keyboards are a fantastic feature. Have to revisit The Key now. Favorite track: Aeon Of The Ancient Ones.
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Now Satan takes his place In The Throne of a Fallen God. Ripping their wings off. Smashing their bones The Blood of God drips below And fills The Lake of Fire Crushing The Angels. Seizing The Throne The tears of your God Drown the Sheep of Earth Ripping their wings off. Smashing their bones Crushing The Angels. Seizing The Throne (Repeat) The feeble have now fallen, begging on their knees The lies they have been fed, The Master is now pleased The Book that they believed in, the words they memorized The hours they spent preying, the deceit is in their eyes Now they have become, what they always craved So for all eternity, they will be Satan’s Slaves!
There is a symbol in history, that was one of Three The others could be used alone, but one must never be shown For if seen with the naked eye, your soul will eternally die. Visions of the Mad Arab, 3 Seals of Masshu, a ritual being performed. Priests of Nar Marratu, Conjuring Great Kutulu, from Sunken Varloorni. The Bandar Sign, The space, between the lines The Bandar Sign, From the Tree behind. Conjuring the Fire God, Lord of The Watchers, Who Dwell in Ancient UR Three symbols on a stone, glowing flaming red, Gate to The Outside CHORUS The Gate Walking Ritual begins, shedding their human skin Dressed in black hooded robes, their faces began to glow Chanting their ancient prayers, these evil soothsayers In a language quite unknown, their silver tongues shown Chanting ancient lines, waving gleaming knives, the stone began to rise Underneath the floating stone, arose a mighty stench, appears a serpents tail As it slithers from the hole, followed by many others, the ground began to tremble The Priests chanting hysterically, as they cut into their chests, as their blood flows to the ground Seeing this in horror, and letting out a scream, now I have been seen Interrupting their ritual, their eyes fell upon me, sealing my Fate. As I ran into the night, I stumbled and fell, and turned to fight As I looked all around, just robes on the ground, no bodies could be found All that remained were piles of slime, no other trace could I find, Was this all in my Mind?
Paleolithic 05:02
Over 2 million years ago, the emergence of primitive man The first human development, of the Old Stone Age. The Pleistocen Epoch, bringing glacial onset, initiating climactic cycle, The Gelasian Stage Rapid changes occurring, ice sheets melting, causing rising sea levels, altered environment worldwide change. Paleolithic era, Quaternary Period, land masses forming Earth evolving, ice age ending, changes occurring New plants growing, life reappearing, emergence of man Cultural stage, human development, using stone made tools. Grouping together, in small societies, ensuring their survival Using stones, making weapons, hunting wild animals Gathering food, creating housing, for their shelter Discovering fire, cooking food, defending off predators. Raw material, core prepared, centripetal reduction Removing flakes, made of stone, achieving desired results New techniques, great advancement, for early man. Building rafts, the need to travel, across the water Moving farther, discovering lands, migrating across the globe. Creating weapons, for survival, based on hierarchy. Animal carvings, cave paintings, forms of magic, ensuring a successful hunt Shamanistic practices, symbolic patterns, depictions of, half human half animal beings. Tribal society, animal cults, sacrificial hunting ceremonies Altered states, of consciousness, through group ritual Religious practice, honoring the dead, first human burial Excarnation, ritual defleshing, preparing for The AfterLife!
Moving westward in the sky, along the ecliptic plane, gravity induced axial change, motion of the equinoxes. Relative to fixed stars, opposite of the Sun, gradual shift in polar motion, changes in the alignment. Wobbling rotation, equatorial bulge, inertial space, planetary precession Gravitational force, diurnal motion, celestial poles, axial tilt Changing of the polar positions, over 26,000 years, it’s The Precession of The Equinoxes. Cycle of the seasons, change over time, the Earth's obliquity, of the orbital plane. Circumpolar stars, celestial poles, stationary points, the zenith angle. Astronomical horizon, vertical directions, force of gravity, opposite of nadir. Precessional eras, of constellations, Kochab and Pherkad, Guardians of The Poles.
Deep within the dismal chamber, hidden beneath the sands of time Dedicated to a single objective, lies the Antechamber. The Sphinx holds the power, underneath of its left paw Down the gloomy staircase, to a chamber below Filled with ancient machinery, by beings from strange aeons I now hold The Key, to the mysteries from beyond. A single source of power, from an ancient culture long ago Telepathic beings from remote galaxies, who lie dormant sleeping below. I must learn the answer, to bring them back again To awaken them from their sleep, to rule throughout the land The stars have now aligned, as they have once before The time is now right, for their power to be restored. The Secret Lies – In The Antechamber (4 x) As I chant, the sacred tones, the machine begins to hum Activation begins, vibrations start, the room begins to glow Formless shapes, in the air, appear and begin to show Awakening from, aeonic slumber, their numbers begin to grow. I call forth, by their names, as they begin to appear Mighty beings, from the beyond, now they begin to come near Taking their place, back once again, their intent begins to come clear Ruling the planet, making human slaves, mankind will begin to live in fear. The Sphinx holds the power, underneath of it’s left paw Down the gloomy staircase, to a chamber below The Antechamber below Filled with ancient machinery, by beings from strange aeons I now hold The Key, to the mysteries from beyond.
The Great Old Ones have now appeared, in The Star Chamber Denizens of The Ancient Ones, from the Black Grimoire Transplutonic entities, from the Outer Gateways Forbidden Wisdom, holds their hidden power Awakened from, their dreaming state, Ophidian current, radiates From the spells, I create, Guardians of, the Hidden Gate Cosmic power reverberates, in the atmosphere Dynamic energy concentrates, forming a portal Transcendental consciousness, has awakened As they begin to permeate, into the chamber Awakened from, their dreaming state, Ophidian current, radiates From the spells, I create, Guardians of, the Hidden Gate The Return of The Lost Key Concealed in the chamber beneath By the spell I decree The power to set them free Now by the Sign of The Key I have the power to change history By the spell I decree Now by the sign of the key I have the power to change history. Die By The Sign of The Key I know I’m the chosen one, emissary to The Gods Prepared by The Secret Chiefs, Adept to their forgotten ways Bringing them forth through the Gate, stellar cult of the ancient race Priest of The Ancient Ones, reclaimed to take their place Manipulating the masses, to do their every bidding Controlling all their senses, mindless slaves I’m guiding Building unknown structures, where they’ll be residing Amassing war machines, to do all their fighting Awakened from their dreaming state Ophidian current radiates From the spells I create Guardians of the Hidden Gate By the spells I decree, The Return of The Lost Key
Apotheosis 06:17
Traveling through time and space, through a portal in the hidden place. I opened The Gate and let them in, for a new Era to begin. But first I will be taken to, the space between our normal view. Breaking through the seals of fate, as they lead me through The Gate. Being taken to a strange land, from my Empire in the Sand. I am now the first to see, alien landscapes in front of me. Unknown shapes I can’t describe, twisted structures come alive. As they take me to a room, I will find the answer soon. Why they brought me here to see, things that should never be. They put me in a strange machine, that showed me things I’ve never seen. They bestowed their knowledge into me, prepared me for what I am to be. It’s the state of my autoglorification. For the act of raising my exaltation. At the apex of my culmination. For the Second Coming of my Deification. Now they bring me back to rule, over all the human fools. Preparing for, the time when, they come to take their place again.
Now it is time, for the cycle to change. What once was, will be again. Now the time has come, It’s the Aeon of The Ancient Ones As foretold in the prophecy, What once was, again will be, Before the Earth, had been named. Nothing existed , but The Sea of Absu Realm of The Ancient Ones, shapeless and unformed. Force without form, pure energy, the Essence of Chaos, The Primal Sea From The Abyss, Sephira of Daath, The 11th Gate,of The Qliphoth Yog Sothoth, is The Gate, Yog Sothoth is The Key Outside the dimensions of time and space, Between the Angles is a hidden place The 8 directions of time and space. The Gateways to The Outer Void Between dimensions, the astral state. As I become The 9th Gate. There are no Signs at The Gate. There are no Symbols at The Gate There are no Locks at The Gate. There are no Keys at The Gate There are no Guards at The Gate. There are no Gods at The gate. At The Gate I AM!
Number 9 04:42


Resurrected from the ashes of one of the most influential death metal bands of all time, Nocturnus, NOCTURNUS AD was initiated by Nocturnus founder/mastermind/death metal legend Mike Browning (also co-founder of Morbid Angel) to continue the path that was laid down, 28 years later, by the legendary Florida death metal band’s seminal 1990 album “The Key”. An album recognized as one of the most important death metal albums of all time.

Entitled “Paradox”, the debut NOCTURNUS AD full-length album is the direct and proper follow-up to “The Key”, musically and thematically where the story and themes vocalist/drummer Browning laid out with “The Key” continue with “Paradox” through the lens of the occult. The story follows the journey of Dr. Allen William Magus (aka Dr. Magus), a scientist who got ravaged by a war plague disease and kept what was left of himself alive by creating a bio suit, from the aftermath of the events that went down in “The Key”.

On a musical plane, “Paradox’s” otherworldly, technical dark atmospheric occult death metal blueprint harnesses and carries on the energy of “The Key” and the overall cult death metal vibe of the early ‘90s in the singular forward-thinking way that Nocturnus exhibited. Musically overwhelming and pretty much a sonic attack on the senses from every angle, “Paradox” is sci-fi death metal reclaiming its throne back to its originators. With Browning (technically returning to Nocturnus lore since 1992) commanding the craft alongside a lineup (that also forms his other band, After Death) that continues the Nocturnus legacy through guitarists Demian Heftel and Belial Koblack, bassist Daniel Tucker (ex-Obituary), and keyboardist Josh Holdren. With the blazing and fervent guitar work of Heftel and Koblack and with the carefully orchestrated keyboard sounds being the most developed out of any Nocturnus-related release, this integral component helps solidify the calculated pummeling rhythm section in resurrecting the classic sound of “The Key”. And of course Browning’s distinct vocals spewing the incantations containing the classic Browning vocal traits as reflected on “The Key” and of course Morbid Angel’s classic “Abominations Of Desolation”, with Browning of course being the co-writer of some of those classic and signature Morbid Angel anthems of old.

Overall, “Paradox” will see NOCTURNUS AD reclaim and continue to properly carry the torch of the legacy Nocturnus’ laid down with “The Key”, “Paradox” being the ceremonial illuminating Nocturnus-related release that has finally befallen the mortal coil after 28 years.


released May 24, 2019

Produced by Jarrett Pritchard at New Constellation Studios
Mastered by Chris Common
Artwork by Timbul Cahyono
Design by Chimere Noire

US/Americas Booking: afterdeath666@gmail.com
EU Booking: alan@dragon-productions.com


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