Nocturnal Omissions’ “Divine Atrocities” is a Blast from the Past

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.

“Funambulism” – Personal favorite!

“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.

The Artist has been in the dark for too long. Time to embrace the spotlight. Hear more of Nocturnal Omissions on Bandcamp, YouTube, Spotify and his website.

zenxienz – Album Review

Hong Kong-born musician, producer, and songwriter, Cameron Williamson, aka zenxienz, has released his second full-length album for 2017 titled “Brainforest” on August 4. Listen to the album on Bandcamp here:

 

The opening track “Insignia” is a full burst instrumental rife with colorful sounds that mix both electronic and tribal-sounding drums, enchanting piano and an immense amount of creativity that sets the table as to what’s to come. The Middle Eastern vibe is traditional with a strong dosage of modern influences. “Undercurrents” continues the electronic sound but with a more intense EDM and dance vibe that pulsates at every turn. It’s the perfect song for those hot nights at a glow in the dark festival where you just want to lose your mind, body, and soul in the music. The album is the audio translation of a painting full of vivid colors and strange shapes all colliding into each other to produce a unique visual image. The beats throughout the album are fast yet the melodic keyboards that accompany them are slow, majestic and space-like to the point where being surprised becomes the expectation.

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“Pico” has vocal sound samples mix with heavy bass and disjointed drums all put into a synthesizer blender that melts away all conventions about what music is supposed to sound like. The drum style changes pace, style and tempo all in a matter of seconds making it a stand-out track that is destined to be blasted against a backdrop of strobe lights and beer cups held in the air. The sound of the album is heavily electronic, constantly changing through different methods of expression in both planning and execution. Soaring synthesizers add layers of discover that make for repeated listens, as this is not an album that could be fully understood in just one spin. The amount of rave and hardcore dance injected in each track will be enough to last for a very long time.

Some tracks like “Coiled” are a bit darker in tone with vocal tracks making small appearances to keep you on your toes of what to expect. Though most of the songs border on being dubstep, they do not stray into the territory of being loud and abrasive for the sake of it. The psychedelic drums and bass have deeper intentions with many breakdowns that give you a breather from dancing and trancing about. The breaks allow for recuperation, reflection on introspection, and allows you to take in the moment with someone new as you’ll most likely be listening to this new age, off-the-rails record at a blistering venue. The sounds, although chaotic, are therapeutic even for those swaying alone to the rhythmic madness alone in a room.

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There’s no doubt that the sounds from zenxienz will continue to impress for many years to come. For now, let’s all enjoy what this masterful electronic musician has created: an inspiring connection with others through sounds, mental images and creativity. To stay up to date with all things zenxienz, be sure to follow him on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Bandcamp, Spotify, Soundcloud, and his official site.

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