"some music was meant to stay underground..."


Formed: 1986
From: Tampa, FL, United States
Last Known Status: Disbanded

Latest Nocturnus News

Below is our complete Nocturnus news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Nocturnus Teaches "The Science Of Horror"

Nuclear War Now! Productions has announced March 13th as the international release date for Nocturnus' "The Science of Horror" collection. The label comments:

"Although he played a pivotal role in the emergence of the early U.S. death metal movement as both a co-founder of Morbid Angel and a member of Incubus in the mid-to-late 1980s, Mike Browning's legacy is most inextricably tied to his involvement in Nocturnus in the late '80s and early '90s.

"In 1990, Nocturnus revolutionized death metal with the release of its first full-length album, The Key, which, for the first time in the history of the subgenre, incorporated keyboards as an essential element of a death metal band's sound. During a critical three-year period prior to the release of this album, Nocturnus developed this unique sound, as documented by two demo recordings, entitled Nocturnus and The Science of Horror, which were disseminated on cassette format in typically limited numbers in 1987 and 1988, respectively.

"The second of these demos, in particular, contains embryonic versions of several songs that would eventually be re-recorded for inclusion on The Key. However, as tends to be the case with demo recordings, these versions represent a significantly more primitive musical vision as compared to the more polished recordings on the ensuing album.

"In celebration and commemoration of the Nocturnus appearance at the NWN! Fest Vol. IV in November of 2014, Nuclear War Now! first offered a reissue of both Nocturnus demos on a single picture LP, limited to 100 copies and only available at the festival. Following closely on the heels of this picture-disc reissue, Nuclear War Now! is proud to once again offer both demos together on a single vinyl release, aptly titled The Science of Horror. More...

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Sunday Old School: Nocturnus

For decades, heavy metal fans have pointed certain things and debated as to whether they are or aren’t, "metal." Haircuts, elements of classical music, or indeed most other forms of music, these are a couple of the targets, but one of the first things to shock some fans of metal music was the use of keyboards. In his book, "Hell Bent for Leather," author Seb Hunter mentions the time when he first heard British legends, UFO and recoiling when he realised they were using keyboards. Metal has certainly evolved since the days of UFO and keyboards have been used on many metal records, especially in the symphonic black metal genre, but one of the first bands to bring the instrument to extreme metal music was a group from Tampa, Florida named Nocturnus.

Nocturnus began life in 1987 after drummer/vocalist, Mike Browning and guitarist, Gino Marino’s previous band, Incbus folded. They recruited Agent Steel bass player, Richard Bateman and a second guitarist named Vincent Crowley, recording and releasing their first demo later that year. This self-titled demo would prove to be their only recording with Crowley, who left soon afterwards to form, Acheron and was replaced by Marino’s eighteen year old cousin, Mike Davis. Bateman would also soon leave the group to join Nasty Savage, whereupon Nocturnus hired a new bassist, Jeff Estes and most famously, a keyboard player named, Louis Panzer, whose inclusion helped to set them apart from the ever growing Florida death metal scene, as it was practically unheard of at the time to utilise keyboards in extreme metal. More...

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Full Length Metal Documentaries Posted Online

A number of documentaries pertaining to specific scenes and genres in heavy metal, most notably grindcore and black metal, have been posted online via YouTube and are now available to watch, uninterupted, from start to finish. "Grindcore - 85 Minutes Of Brutal Heavy Metal," features segments on a number of bands signed to Earache Records during the 1990's, including Napalm Death, Morbid Angel, Godflesh, Carcass and Paradise Lost amongst others and includes live footage, interviews and music videos.

Meanwhile, two different documentaries on black metal have also been posted online, including "Until The Light Takes Us," which examines the black metal scene in Norway during the 1990's and looks at such bands as Burzum and Darkthrone, complete with interviews with Gylve "Fenriz" Nagell and the then incarcerated Varg Vikernes. Alternatively, there is "Murder Music: A History of Black Metal," a British documentary hosted by Contraband Candy host René Ackermann that gives a much broader insight into black metal, tracing the genre's roots from the theatrics of Black Widow to the Christian black metal scene, and everything in between. You can view all of these films below. More...

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Tiwanaku Announce New Drummer

TIWANAKU, the new band featuring ex-NOCTURNUS bassist Emo Mowery and ex-ACHERON/BURNING INSIDE guitarist Mike Estes, have announced the addition of drummer James "Caveman" Deragowsky to the group's ranks. "James caught right on to the material faster than anyone has in a long time and is now working with us on the new material," Mowery said in a statement. "He has earned his spot in the band hands down!! James is a dependable, hard-working, hard-hitting, skin-beating motherfucker and wants everyone to know that he is going to stick with the band through thick and thin!! TIWANAKU is stronger than ever now!!!"

TIWANAKU's current lineup is as follows:

Emo Mowery - Vocals, Guitar/Bass, Keys
Mike Estes - Guitar
James "Caveman" Deragowsky - Drums

Added Mowery: "We are now seeking a bassist or a guitarist. Whichever we find first I will pick up the other. Vocal capabilities are a plus but not a requirement. Either should be experienced, technically capable, and creative. No drama allowed here!! If you are in the Central Florida area that is also a plus!! If you are interested please contact us at redkenyi@yahoo.com."

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