I suppose the main joy of this small effort comes from Noctum's resilience; no changes, either major or minor, have occurred since "Final Sacrifice." With that being said, both tracks here eclipse most of the group's erstwhile works by means of enhanced songwriting represented in the horror-themed atmosphere. The title track is better-rounded than prior Noctum labors, implementing a theatrical chorus next to the King Diamond-esque vocals and a familiar heavy metal blueprint that makes the jump from decent to pretty damn awesome. "In Precious Time" might contend for the crown of Noctum's best song ever, as the driving riff that naturally explodes into a quasi-black metal sequence while juggling the Mercyful Fate-ish temperature without sacrificing Noctum's individuality is superb. Heads have been banged, and necks now hurt.
"Until Then…Until the End" gets down to business in ten minutes. It's imprudent to call a two-track 7'' a band's best release, but this stuff makes the case to topple most of what the group has done thus far. Needless to say, it ain't too shabby.
Noctum - Until Then... Until the End
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