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NOCTURNUS AD’s Leader MIKE BROWNING Reflects About New Album: “I Write Music Based on the Drums Rhythms and the Lyrics Instead of the Melody”

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Resurrected from the ashes of one of the most influential death metal bands of all time, NOCTURNUS AD was initiated by founding mastermind/death metal legend Mike Browning (also co-founder of Morbid Angel). His intention? To continue the path laid down twenty-eight years earlier, by the legendary Florida death metal band (named Nocturnus at the time) and their seminal 1990 full-length The Key, an album recognized as one of the most important death metal albums of all time.

NOCTURNUS AD’s new record Paradox is the direct and proper follow-up to The Key, both musically and thematically where the story and themes vocalist/drummer Browning initially laid out continue through the lens of the occult. Paradox’s story follows the journey of Dr. Allen William Magus (aka Dr. Magus), a scientist ravaged by a war plague disease and kept alive by creating a bio suit; the aftermath of the events revealed on The Key.

On a musical plane, Paradox’s atmospheric, technical, and dark occult death metal blueprint harnesses the energy of The Key and the overall death metal vibe of the early ‘90s in the same forward-thinking way that Nocturnus exhibited. With Browning commanding the craft alongside guitarists Demian Heftel and Belial Koblak, bassist Daniel Tucker (ex-Obituary), and keyboardist Josh Holdren — a lineup that also forms Browning’s other band, After Death — the Nocturnus legacy marches on.

Fervent follower of the Floridian death metal scene and expert interviewer, our contributor Michael Francisco sat down with Browning to talk at large about Paradox as a successor to The Key and many other details, from the recording sessions to the reception to the album thus far. Listen to their chat, or subscribe to our Podcast in several platforms to listen and be notified about new interviews and contents we publish on a daily basis.

Slideshow photographs courtesy of Martin Mayer, Marika Hyldmar and John Scharpen.

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