Defying any and all categorization, Nocturnal Omissions crafts their own signature style with the intense rush of “Tempus Destinatum”. A whole potpourri of genres emerges out of the gleeful din, running the gamut from dubstep to disco, industrial to EDM, all while presenting a rather plush polished production. The details of the work show off a great ear for melody, for they fuse with the gargantuan grooves. Right in the center of the work are those beats that hit with a particular frenzied energy, even hinting a little bit at funk during certain inspired moments. Best of all the album manages to convey an entire narrative all without needing to say a single word.
A thematic journey emerges within the album, one that draws a bit from an updated take on Future Sound of London’s classic “Lifeforms”. The range, the nimbleness to switch up styles, and the overall immersion of the sound further adds to this unique sensibility. With the industrial aesthetic he does Death Grips’ wild and adventurous style justice, for the harder-hitting distorted tracks on this trip are definitely well within that sort of sonic neighborhood. Nocturnal Omissions, despite these influences, and that of the arena jams of the Chemical Brothers, does manage to paint with broad swathes of color.
Dramatic keyboards emerge over the somber opener of “Unfamiliar Places” with an emotional evolution that feels earned. The 80s pop influence is strong over the neon-lit “Frozen Landscape”. Hip-hop influence on “Endless Queues” mixed with the hint of dystopian synthesizer gives the track a diamond in the rough quality. Four to the floor beats make “Entry Scanner” a nice wild adventure going with staccato synthesizer specks that add to the liveliness. On “False Upgrade” arpeggios work double-time in the urbane soundtrack. By far the highlight of the album “Parasitic Infection” takes the bass drop of dubstep and sculpts it even further. Handclaps and tactile bass lines give a low-slung swagger a bit of bite.
A reflective stance makes up the meditative “Safety Demonstration”. The multi-suite approach of “Cabin Pressure” resides with a sense of purpose, one that has a vivid imagery about it. Geometrically designed “Upright and Locked” barrels forward with pure fire. Psychedelic glimmers define the mysterious “Approaching Descent”. Layer upon layer intermingles with the colossal “Rough Landing”. With “Baggage Claim” things wrap up in a reflective sense for Nocturnal Omissions closes things on a dreamy yet hopeful note.
“Tempus Destinatum” proves to be a true joy to behold, with Nocturnal Omissions combining elements of the past and present into a sleek futuristic world.