The Noctambulant is a melodic black metal ensemble from Jacksonville, FL. Specializing in a dark, atmospheric sound that invokes the blackest of northern tenets while never ignoring titan hooks that keep listeners coming back; The Noctambulant literally means night walker, a fitting title for a musical collective risen from the darkest catacombs of metal.
The first Single in the new era of The Noctambulant is Hellrazor. A visual treat shot on location in the decrepit shacks and swamps of north Florida. Using the expertise of Thomas Crane from Kill Devil Films, the high production value and slick look provide a counterpoint to the rustic and antiquated aesthetic.
«For me, personally this rebrand and music video was very personal. The video was shot on our family property, of which I’m the 4th generation to live here. I spent so many years trying to fit into the Scandinavian/European motif that it started to feel disingenuous. So after our last album, The Cold And Formless Deep, the band and I decided to look at what makes us unique in the Black Metal landscape, and that is our origin. From the swamps and bayou of the south, we found a love of extreme metal tempered with our own brand and influences».
Change is inevitable, and in the case of The Noctambulant, that change is nigh. After thoroughly exploring the musical landscapes of melodic black metal, this outfit from Jacksonville have opted to subtly adopt an aesthetic more authentic to their southern Floridian roots. Regardless of specific genre labels, however, The Noctambulant are primed and ready to raise a little hell on Hellrazor, their forthcoming EP.
This latest offering maintains a trademark dark approach, but, in a deliberate effort to reflect their surrounding environment, this crew have replaced Scandanavian snow covered peaks, pine forests, and wintry woods with the hot and oppressive swamps of their Floridian home. Being steeped in the traditions of blues, rockabilly, goth rock and American country, The Noctambulant have found inspiration in the Southern Gothic motif that they were raised around–all while keeping their signature blackened sound. As such, Hellrazor is four-tracks-and-an-intro of hook-laden blackened metal that consistently toes the boundaries of genre expectation.
Over the better part of the past decade, The Noctambulant have released a string of EPs, as well as their well-received first full length album, Advocatus Diaboli, in 2016. In those glorious days of yore, when performing live was a possibility, The Noctambulant’s unique sound terrorized and enthralled fans at Death to Miami III, Deland Metal Festival, and Black Kvlt Fest II. They have provided support for bands across the extreme metal spectrum, ranging from Moonspell, to Thy Antichrist, to Skeletonwitch, to Turisas.
The Noctambulant literally means night walker–a fitting title for a musical collective risen from the darkest catacombs of metal. Needless to say, if you’re in the mood for something that delivers aggression and an ominous atmosphere in equal measure, you should certainly consider a midnight stroll with Hellrazor.
The Noctambulant is:
E. Helvete – guitar/ vocals
D. Franseth – Drums
3. Blackened Swords of Satan (Feat. Mr.Damage of Chrome Division)
5. Troll Crusher