Sci-fi death metal masters Nocturnus may have changed the game on their sci-fi themed debut The Key in 1990, but the spirit of the album is alive and well with Nocturnus AD. Led by Nocturnus (and Morbid Angel) founder Mike Browning, Nocturnus AD will release their debut album, Paradox, via Profound Lore on May 24. Picking up where The Key left off, the band explains that Paradox will continue to build on the same story and themes present on the 1990 release.
The lineup is rounded out by guitarists Demian Heftel and Belial Koblak, bassist Daniel Tucker (ex-Obituary) and keyboardist Josh Holdren, who also play with Browning in his band After Death. They’ve unleashed first single “Precession of the Equinoxes” for streaming.
“I think Paradox is a great successor to The Key,” Browning says. “I didn’t want to try and compete with what I did on that record or try and recreate it. I wanted to continue with the ideas and themes I never got to do back then. ‘Precession Of The Equinoxes’ is a brand new song that talks about the shifting of the magnetic poles of Earth. And in fact right now the magnetic poles are shifting faster than ever; it has been in the news just in the last couple of months. It happens in 26,000 year cycles, so we humans have never experienced a pole shift to where its effects were recorded. It could be a huge, disastrous occurrence when they shift completely.”
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