90 / 100
"'Aeterni' is presented with a simple but impressive artwork, and with a very nice booklet ... and the contained music is of equal thickness. The album, composed of seven tracks, of medium-long duration, opens with 'Datura Noir', and immediately you can see a great taste for the symphony and the decadent melodies."
(Insane Voices Labirynth)
90 / 100
"… a very well thoughtful disc … made to sound differently to others … talent and originality are indisputable … if you like Black Metal with a touch of rarity then this release of ATRIUM NOCTIS is going to interest."
9 / 10
"Comparisons to Graveworm, Stormlord or even Dimmu Borgir are certainly not to be dismissed out of hand, but the Cologne have long since created their own style, so nothing should get in the way of a big leap forward."
8,5 / 10
"ATRIUM NOCTIS succeeds here in the symbiosis of Gothic suspense, discreet symphonics, variable vocals, rattling grooves and courageous attacks in a harmonious manner ... this nocturnal trip conveys in its detailed, pathetic, then again heroic striding or thoughtfully restrained manner a comprehensive listening pleasure with depth."
77 / 100
"… symphonic Black Metal in which the atmosphere of the nineties is prominently present … the album sometimes has a pompous sound, with some theatrical elements … ATRIUM NOCTIS sticks to the values of the nineties and that certainly gives them a certain charm."
(Lords Of Metal)
7 / 10
"There are discs that more than others are born to recall the past, 'Aeterni' is one of these … manages to show what is right and what should always be done when one firmly believes in something."
7 / 10
"… a lot of heart and soul was invested here and created a world of its own."
"If there are any real new discoveries in Dark Metal, ATRIUM NOCTIS undoubtedly count to that ... should attract some attention with this album in the autumn. No flat Metal attitude, but carefully composed pieces which are both textually and musically demanding, are presented on 'Aeterni'."
"Among my several auditions to 'Aeterni' I’ve also listened to the previous 'Home' and that made me have a notion of the band’s evolution regarding composition. It’s perceivable the presence of classical music in their musical roots that they can easily combine with other sonorities without them losing their essences. The band took 7 years to release a new album but has used well that long period to refine the final result; glad they’ve returned and with such quality."
(Metal Em Portugal)
"'Aeterni' is a Metal album with basic keyboard parts that creates bombastic atmosphere at some points but mostly, it is element that surrounds music with deep, dark aura and sort of melancholy."
"'Aeterni' captivates with beautiful melodies from the first minute ... there is no boredom due to the many rhythmic changes and themes in the songs. In the opener 'Datura Noir', for example, ATRIUM NOCTIS create something that many of their genre representatives do not succeed on an album: a wonderfully dark and gripping atmosphere with a driving rhythm ... Pagan Black Metal fans who do not want always hear the usual flute should definitely risk an ear here, it's worth it!"
"… ATRIUM NOCTIS are broadly based on the popular in the 90s, symphonic Black Metal, which seems almost extinct these days."
"A group that moves into the so-called black symphony, is made up of musicians who have clearly been exposed to classical music education in their country, which from the beginning removes them from style faults and structural errors. They sing in their mother tongue, become interesting in their imposing and lively moments."
(Flight Of Pegasus)
Cologne • Germany
Symphonic Dark/Black Metal
After a long and profound work, Cologne-based Dark Metallers ATRIUM NOCTIS have completed their studio work on the album successor to the 2010 "Home".
For the current album "Aeterni" the personnel-reinforced formation around Hydra Gorgonia went partly new as well as extended artistic ways. The compositions are often reminiscent of the music of Dimmu Borgir.
In the actual core, therefore, still devoted to the symphonic BLACK METAL, also sometimes bearing elements from the field Pagan Metal were included.
In particular, influences from Classical music give the new output "Aeterni" a distinctive autonomy. The fresh songs, with a thick dash of hardness, are characterized by massive dark atmosphere.
There are also melancholic, sometimes hymnic and soulful passages. Epic and colorful nuances enrich the whole thing in addition.
ATRIUM NOCTIS love great soundscapes and have largely broken away from the genre boundaries of Black Metal to create tracks like "Datura Noir" and "Die Nacht des Falken".
Several singers are involved, what together with German lyrics is a guarantee for wide vocal variety. Completely dedicated to the melody, the collaboration of the band is based on two guitarists.
The band members have different musical backgrounds: in this troupe are people who have played Metal all their life, but enjoy a lot of other genres. Likewise a deep black soul from Black Metal, a singer with classical education and two studied musicians, who are open for everything. You hear and feel: They all lost their hearts to the music of ATRIUM NOCTIS.
The new songs were mastered by the well-known Martin Buchwalter, who already worked as a producer for established bands like Accu§er, Destruction, Suidakra, Tankard, Architects Of Chaoz and Perzonal War.
The front cover and CD booklet have been made by a painter according to the band's exact ideas.
With "Aeterni", the Cologne are increasingly striving for authenticity and their own roots.
Likewise, they do not emulate any band. ATRIUM NOCTIS can not be dictated or run after any trends.
They just make their own and completely individual music.
Official release date for "Aeterni" was September 9, 2017.
September 9th, 2017
1. Datura Noir 08:20
2. Zerberons Erwachen 08:32
3. AD 03:36
4. Leviathan 09:30
5. AD II 02:53
6. Die Nacht des Falken 09:37
7. ADE 01:25
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