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Review: The Noumenon – Apocrypha

January 13, 2012

We’ve all been told as some point, haven’t we, not to judge a book by its cover? As common as that advice is and as clichéd as it has become, it’s still easy to forget. and I’m sorry to say I forgot that pearl of wisdom when I sat down to review Apocrpha, a four-track EP from The Noumenon.

When I first looked over Apocrypha, with its cover art proudly displaying a… cloud dragon(?) and kicked off the first track, which instantly begins blaring strong metal beats and treating us to the usual growls, I figured I had a pretty standard experience ahead of me. I expected some good, strong, energetic metal with the usual fast guitar work and rasping vocals and that’s exactly what I was getting from Ulterior Predation, the album’s first song. However, from the beginning of the second track, Journey in the Absolute, it became obvious I’d allowed myself to be lulled into a false sense of familiarity. The Noumenon completely turned my experience on its head and began exploring new and interesting styles. Journey in the Absolute takes things down a couple of notches, provides clear, focused vocals and has a much smoother, varied air than the leading track. This trend continues into the third song, A Lengthened Shadow of Ignorance, which is both a beautifully performed and, dare I say, playful track. The band appears to be willing to change styles from one verse to another, to fade out and then come back to tickle the ears once again. The guitar work here is particularly good and, when the forth and final track ended, I found myself very much wishing the album were longer.

Listening to Aprocrypha I feel like I’ve fallen for the old bait & switch routine, but in a good way. What started as fairly standard (though powerfully energetic) material suddenly gave way to a series of diamonds — music which was not only well executed, but also interesting. Not just well written, but experimental. My only complaint is that Aprocrypha is too short and I want to have The Noumenon back for an encore.

You can check out the EP for yourself here.

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2 Responses to Review: The Noumenon – Apocrypha

  1. Dave Adams on January 14, 2012 at 9:07 am

    I felt the same way, killer band! I already own the CD. I await the full length!

  2. Surdus on January 14, 2012 at 10:53 am

    Maybe if we keep cheering them on they will put out a full length album. I definitely want to see them come back with more material.

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