With a soothing beat and a clean-mixed sound, BAMMERS enters the music scene with a fresh take on the techno dance scene. Check out his song “SAMMER” from his upcoming album “DENBEATS” on Soundcloud:
Upon first listen, the song evokes imagery of a tropical dance party on the beach. The vibe is cool, chill, optimistic, and easily able to make it onto any electronic music playlist. But the song becomes much more when focusing on the details. There are lots of elements to unravel as the track progresses. Clearly, a lot of attention was put into the mix to get an array of layers to coexist peacefully.
The song offers a synth wave with a minimalistic beat and a heavy bass, as hi hats drop in to add to the momentum. Breakdowns throughout the song offer a moment of reflection to fully appreciate the environment presented in this track. There are many percussion elements used from arpeggiate keyboard melodies to splattering distorted effects. It’s these interesting intertwining production techniques that make this track stand out from the rest. The rhythm section is the main attraction and truly makes you nod your head to as you roll the top down on a long, sunny road trip. This is a recommended track for anyone looking to have a good start to their day or wind down for a relaxing night.
This is a promising start and the potential in BAMMERS to produce more quality music is high and we look forward to hearing more when “DENBEATS” drops. Stay up to date with this rising artist on his BAMMERS Instagram.
After having recently re-released his entire discography with the remastered treatment, one last gem from Nocturnal Omissions’ past remains to be explored by Enter the Venture. “Aggravated Damage” is a collection of tracks originally released in 2008 from side projects or cut from Myspace releases that will be set for free release this month. Check out the album below:
As a combination of demos from Nocturnal Omissions’ early days, “Aggravated Damage” is naturally gives off the impression that the album will have a mixtape feel, as the songs come from different projects and time periods. Going in, the expectation is to listen to how these early demos built a foundation that helped shape the later albums.
“Ghostline” starts things off as a spooky digital wonderland consisting of mysterious imagery. It is certainly intriguing and makes you wonder what type of music we’re in for. “Doctrine of Lies” is an underground synth labyrinth of textures, overlays, and mixing constructs, while “Private Torment of Brundlefly” is a post-industrial collection of static guitars, synth bass, and a distorted vocal loop to add to the already haunting environment. It’s an unnerving experience that is edgy, unexpected, yet still under control. “Itchy Tasty” is what happens if a party were to happen at the Spencer Mansion in the Resident Evil franchise. It’s very futuristic sounding as flashing strobe lights and fog machines galore come to mind. The electronic melody carries you into a swaying movement with its hypnotic beat. The distorted closer increases the intensity of it all.
“Awakening” is a hopeful tune with an optimistic synth melody that drives over the tribal drums. It paints the picture of a Buddhist Sangha drum circle that it’s based on. As an early 2002 demo, it already showed the capabilities of what Nocturnal Omissions would soon blossom into. The following song “Freedom” is also an upbeat song. Arpeggio melodies syncopate with a clean sounding, captivating piano/synth line that juxtaposes with distortion to present a full, balanced sound.
The next three songs are the trifecta of madness. “Anger Management” is an intensified battering on the ears. The industrial drums combined with heavy distortion is chaotic, relentless, and aggressive. “Necromancer Sugar Daddy” is also a fun distorted affair with a cool drumbeat and some metal riffs thrown in, and “Kabijjian Magnificence” is a fast-paced rocker that will leave you headbanging. The closing “Space Critters” is a cryptic, hidden track that nicely bookends the experimental experience that is this album.
Overall, “Aggravated Damage” is concentrated on using a multitude of sounds that cascade over the underlying electronic loops. The album would be perfect in a movie soundtrack about someone spiraling out of control into a mental breakdown. The opening tracks start off in a familiar territory, leading into the optimistic middle of the album before nose diving into the craziness and full-on distortion. Although the songs were not originally intended to be sequenced in this track listing, these demos still have a nice flow from one song to the next. As a collection of oddities, it still ranks as a noteworthy listen to the Nocturnal Omissions discography. This album is for anyone looking to satiate their electro-noise appetite.
Nocturnal Omissions’ latest album was recorded in isolation during the pandemic with songs fueled by depression. It’s his most endearing and truest display of expression and closest to realizing his artistic vision yet. With talented compositions and production, this is truly the high point of his musical career. Check out “Tempus Destinatum” below:
“Unfamiliar Places” is a fitting opening song title, as the listener does not know which direction Nocturnal Omissions will be taking us on his music this time around. The delicate piano and ripe drums lay the red carpet forward, allowing for the thumping kick drum to move the listener into this unknown house of music and intrigue. The Eastern style solos soar gracefully over the rhythmic beats, allowing us to prepare for what’s to come. In “Frozen Landscape,” we’re introduced to the chill-wave energy and it feels as though we’re exploring a newly discovered snow planet. You can nod yourself into a dream world with this delectable treat.
“Endless Queues” has a super smooth Hip-Hop beat drive the song forward accompanied by a lingering synth that swathes over the ears to entrap you in a pulsing sway. “Entry Scanner” picks up the pace with a varied range of instrumental combinations to form a lasting impression of positivity and promise. “False Upgrade” is what’d you hear in a Neo Tokyo future where robots cater to your every whim. The driving synth will prevent you from sitting still and you will be electromagnetically connected to move to where the beat takes you. As usual, the production is clear and defined, as to be expected from any Nocturnal Omissions album.
“Parasitic Infection” has all the drum and bass you’ll need for a month. The rolls, claps, kicks and hi hats are impressively strewn together and then the dubstep influence comes crashing in with the signature wobble sounds you’d expect from the top performers of the genre back in the golden era. This sound and feel represents what’s new on “Tempus Destinatum.” There’s a more focused intention on the sound being created and the result is euphoric.
“Putting Away” is a slower track featuring a slapping bass sound that brings out the funk, while “Safety Demonstration” is a dance-inspired song that is unique, daring, yet accessible. “Cabin Pressure” is the high point of the album as all the instruments converge to provide a landscape that mixes acoustic sounding instruments with electronic percussion, underlined with a moving piano arrangement that adds a layer of complexity, resulting in a daunting and daring experience. Imposing melodies and compositions align to form one of the best Nocturnal Omissions tracks. Everything you’ve enjoyed by his music happens in this track.
“Upright and Locked” has us stepping into the world of Tron. There are neon lights everywhere and they’re all leading to the dance floor. The guitar mixed with that oozing synth mix class and sass in a relishing way. “Rough Landing” is dark, epic, haunting and penetrating. A wavering synth midway is intimidating and creates a whole atmosphere that is just delightfully frightening. Last but not least is “Baggage Claim” to mark the end of this journey. Calm and inspiring, it sends us off into he sunset on a good note, allowing us to reflect on our lives as well as what we just heard.
For all the ups and downs that Nocturnal Omissions has experienced in his personal life, the music he has created to this point is enough to stand back and marvel at. Although a harsh critic of his own music, there is a lot to be a proud of not only on this album but in his discography as a whole. We look forward to hearing what’s next up for our listening pleasure. We salute you!
Nocturnal Omissions has shown the world his ability to create engaging, moving instrumental tracks in several albums leading up “Transientalism.” See how it fits into his overall discography by checking out the album below:
Originally recorded in 2018, mixed in 2019, and remastered for rerelease in 2020, “Transientalism” is an amalgamation of recordings and ideas from various countries, digital workstations, dreams, and possibly nightmares. Dealing with the personal trauma of work, relationships, a constant travel schedule, and overall mental health unraveling into a downward spiral, the album served as an obsession to keep Nocturnal Omissions’ brainchild Vallen Daniels going when everything seemed lost. Although the album was marred by overt challenges and obstacles to overcome, they were perhaps necessary in order to keep the man behind the music alive.
This doesn’t mean the music itself is a hodgepodge of inconsistent muses. Far from it. The traction of the album flows from one interesting groove to another, continuing the rocking instrumentals mixed with electronic elements found in previous albums such as “Ascendant Sea.” The songs here explore music at its pure core, from melodious compositions to appealing arrangements. Nothing is too over the top or out of place for shock value, nor is anything bland or uninspired. “Transientalism” is about being dependable and offering what we came here looking for.
The opening track is “A Calling” and features lush and lively instruments as if a full band was in the recording booth. Nice vocal overlays add to the majesty of the track as noteworthy guitar stylings and symphonic backdrops add a classic feel to the overall chill vibe. “Fashion Week in Paris” sounds like dance music made for a dazzling runway show. The beat will have you nodding your head but there’s still a dash of mystery to the synth. The mid-song breakdown makes you feel like the spotlight is on you and it’s time to move to the sensual beat. The first half is more open and optimistic, while the second half is more intimate and vivacious. The song keeps transforming, leading into the rollicking jungle beat to close things off.
“Cross Checking” is epic and will have you raising your flag, ready to barge straight into enemy lines. A very passionate blend of pounding drums, stirring strings, and oriental-inspired imagery. It’s a standout track due to how different it is.
Songs like “Takeoff” and “Outreach” are light, expressive and all about fun. Synth leads take a hold of the reins as standout basslines get you off your feet to dance. There are many textures that fill the space between the notes in these groovy numbers. “In the Air” experiments with off-key electronics to provide an ethereal soundscape to get lost in. The song conjures up feels of getting stuck inside a hallucination filled with synthesizers, scratchy guitars, and endless possibilities.
The latter half of the album is filled with solid undertakings that complement each other neatly. “Waiting” is a hip, modern banger doused in synth-wave waters. “International Lounge” includes rolling drums accompanied by funky guitars. “Gate Closing” is the soundtrack to a midnight freeway getaway scene. It transitions into a breakdown with a room-filling big bass presence and nature-inspired percussion. These songs all have their own identity yet sound better when played in sequence.
Overall, it’s hard-hitting to imagine these uplifting songs came from a creator pondering whether his life was soon to be over at the time. The album is a testament that through resiliency, hard work, and deep diving into the creative crevices of the mind, a work of art can be ironed out and fully imagined. Whenever you’re feeling down, play “Transientalism” to get lifted back up.
As more people become familiar with Nocturnal Omissions’ music, they’ll soon learn that each release has its own identity and artistic agenda. The 2019 release of “Ascendant Sea” is an interesting album, as each song had a geographic place that influenced it. Check out the album below:
Hearing this album directly after Nocturnal Omissions’ 2006 album “Divine Atrocities” is a bit jarring as they sound from two completely different artists. Where the former was the music to a late-night rave, the latter is the dawn of crisp, Spring day, just as the Eastern horizon fills with sunlight. Every song thereafter represents the backdrop between destinations on a road trip of audio delight.
“Aural Turbulence” is a rocking intro and lets us know we’re in for something new. The sinister tone is dark and edgy with lots of flavor in the drum mix. Midway through, electronica elements are thrown into the fray reminiscent of dubstep that is sure to ramp up the crowd at a festival. The track is somewhat of an anomaly, as the rest of the album is less reliant on pronounced synth leads.
“International Dateline” has a killer groove and nicely layered guitars provide a robust driving force. It’s the perfect song to roll down the window to and let the breeze flow through your hair. Nocturnal Omissions demonstrates he is talented at writing music with all kinds of instruments, such as the piano undertones that add sophistication to this tune. “Alpine Train” presents a mid-tempo, synth-laden ambiance to relax to with an atmosphere that is other worldly and a perfect vibe for a cocktail on the beach. The groove continues hard here due to the catchy percussion. This song could work well as background music for a travel documentary–and that’s what “Ascendant Sea” is as its core. The theme of traveling is strong and the focus isn’t on where we’re going, but the journey itself.
“Cascading Mountains” sounds 80s retro with its razor edge synth bass. The song has a fast tempo to keep you jovial yet the chord progressions give off mystifying-induced feelings. The guitar strums add a nice touch to this delightful ear treat.
One of the standout tracks is “Casa De Cielo,” as it’s another example of well-done mixing and mastering to make all the instruments sound clear and have their moment to shine. The string arrangement is a pleasant touch and takes the song to the next level. And we can’t forget about “Cruising Altitude,” which features funky guitar lines—the best on the album.
Overall, the tracks work well in sequence, offering very rhythmic beats, multi-layered guitars, and head-bobbing baselines. With inspiration coming from artists such as Tycho, TigerMilk (from Mainline Entertainment), Fleetwood Mac and No More Nations, the songs themselves are upbeat, though they can be subdued at times with piano and keyboard leads that offer a more contemplative approach. Each song provides distinct sounds on this unique trip and when it’s all done, you’ll remember every stop along the way. Next time you’re going cruising, listen to “Ascendant Sea” on your way to freedom.