Nocturnal Omissions is a one-man solo electronic project whose music has been largely unknown for too long. Originally releasing albums as Soundcloud exclusives, a deal was inked to re-release their internet-only albums to be available on all streaming services. One of those albums, “Divine Atrocities,” released in 2006, has been remastered and is now available as a pandemic re-release. Feast your ears on “Divine Atrocities” below:
The album begins with “Gloomy,” a demo that shrouds itself in a relaxing vibe layered with sweet synths and melodic keys pulsating in an upbeat tempo. The spacey ambiance sets the tone of the album and for what’s to come. “Mitigate” picks up the heat and rhythms with a stringy, spider web of a synth that would fit right at home at a neon-sprayed rave. The production is clean with vibrant beats bouncing off the ears as each instrument has its own space to shine. The song makes you want to get lost in the hypnotic sensation of body-moving beats.
Clearly at this point in the album, Nocturnal Omissions has been laser focused on presenting high-definition sound with top notch mastering. The 2006 days of iPods and mp3s are long gone. Audiophiles want their pristine sounds and with “Divine Atrocities,” they’re getting them.
“Puerile” is ready to be the backdrop of an intense Matrix battle scene as it burns through all expectations. Strong, moving, engaging and ultimately a hazard when played at full volume, this track will take your sensory perception of reality and smash it into pieces. Everything you knew before is no longer real and you’re left feeling exhausted by the end–but ready for more. “Copasetic” is so far the catchiest track of the album, with an invigorating hook that doesn’t let go. A crowd pleaser for a packed party house, this song will have you clapping hard and performing moves on the dance floor you never knew you had. Give in to the groove and learn more about yourself than you ever have before with this song.
It’s at this point in the album we realize that Nocturnal Omissions can continue to keep his songs interesting and evolving. The tracks are dynamic, from keeping the beat going to building up tension, ultimately giving you what you want even if you didn’t know you wanted it.
“Distemper” is dark, mysterious, and so far, the wildest of the tracks. Along with moving your body, your head will bob with attitude as you strut your way down this futuristic runway. Strike a pose and feel yourself become connected to this body-clenching beat. The breakdown perks the ears up and keeps you on your toes, and soon those toes will return to slamming the dance floor in moments. “Febrile” is an outer space song brought to us by aliens from their progressive trance planet. They have used this song to abduct listeners to joining their mesmeric army. A unique, albeit short experience, the track deviates just enough to separate it from the rest of the bunch.
The album is a snapshot of the good ol’ days of MySpace and what is was capable of possessing. There’s no posing here. It’s all about solid writing, recording, and producing sound waves to make the listener feel alive. A whole new generation will be able to experience Nocturnal Omissions trance world, with good timing too, as clubs continue to open. Let’s get these tracks added onto your favorite DJ’s playlist. Here’s to the final stretch of the album. Hold on tight.
“Captious” comes blasting in on full throttle, destroying all buildings in its path. The song is in your face and won’t leave until it leaves it fully electrified. You will be left sweating, out of breath, and out of words after this electro body number hits the speakers. Heavy synths layered with melodic undertones make for a truly sublime experience. “Funambulism” is bizarre and enchanting all at once. You’ll feel underground and in space simultaneously. Your body won’t know which way to move. Your mind won’t know what’s going–it also doesn’t want to know. Let loose. The rhythm will take over and there’s nothing you can do to stop it.
“Anointed Sea of Misery” presents a mid-tempo rocking beat accompanied with synth arpeggios roaming in the wild. This is one of the more introspective songs on the albums. It’ll leave you wondering if you are who you really say you are. Lively and strangely comfortable, this song is a nice change of pace from the previous head bangers. “Uninspired” is an epilogue to close out this journey of highs and hardly any lows. A nice way to let your heart rate return to normal.
Overall, “Divine Atrocities” is an impressive feat that was almost lost in time. As more artists look to expand forward, it’s important to look back to see what pioneers in the independent landscape did in their heyday. This album is cohesive in nature yet delves down many different creative paths, touching upon all the key cornerstones of the EDM genre and stretching them into new dimensions.