Nocta – Come Out Wherever You Are!

Nocta - Come Out Wherever You Are!
Released 2004 (Nocta)

Track List:
01. Wicked Woman
02. Beam Of Light
03. Sometimes
04. Come Out, Come Out

Stavros J. – vocals
Kostas – guitar
Ares – guitar
Apostolis – bass
Panos – drums

The Olympic Games were just held in Athens, Greece, but Nocta is one band you wouldn’t find onstage during their hometown’s closing ceremonies. Seventies metal sludge likely wouldn’t have gone over well with the 5 billion viewers that wanted to see pretty lights and choreographed dancing – puke! Nocta could have been the band playing under the main stage, to a group of pale head bangers who looked like they just came off the set of the cult classic “The People Under The Stairs.”

  This is some strange, dark and brooding music. From the sounds of this four song demo, these five guys spent the majority of their childhood worshipping Black Sabbath, Jethro Tull and Uriah Heep. “Wicked Woman” and “Sometimes” definitely wander into Sabbath territory, with the latter possessing a doomy riff that would make Tony Iommi proud. “Beam Of Light” doesn’t impress me much, but has a Tull-like flute solo that needs a bit of work.

  Vocally I keep thinking this sounds like the singer from the Offspring, but without the punk overtones or humor. So imagine the Offspring and Trouble hooking up and playing 70s doom classics and you get the idea of what Nocta sounds like. A hit of acid would be a good purchase along with this album, it might make things more “clear”. Strange stuff indeed.

Reviewed by Skid for Sleaze Roxx, October 2004.

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