The Key (Nocturnus album)

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The Key
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Studio album by Nocturnus
Released October 1, 1990
Recorded Morrisound Studio,
Florida, USA
Genre Progressive Death Metal
Length 42:37
Label Combat/Earache
Producer Tom Morris
Nocturnus chronology
The Key
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars [1]

The Key was the first full-length studio album from Florida progressive death metal band, Nocturnus. It was released on Earache Records in October 1990 and was followed by Thresholds two years later.

The album, Nocturnus's debut, is a concept album centered on an occult (the influence of drummer/vocalist Mike Browning) meets sci-fi (influenced by guitarist Mike Davis) theme. The story follows a cyborg who goes back in time to the year 0 B.C. which eventually leads to the destruction of Christianity (highlighted by the controversial track "Destroying the Manger") and the creation of a modern empire.

In addition to their unusual lyrical content, the band employed the use of keyboards which was virtually unheard of at the time in the broader genre of death metal. The keyboards were generally used for song intros and more atmospheric purposes, however, and most of the album was based upon a more conventional guitar and drums approach, with Kam Lee of Massacre providing backing vocals.

Browning has claimed that he has not seen any royalties from either this album or its follow up since he was kicked out of the band, blaming both former band members and Earache Records.

Track listing[edit]

1."Lake of Fire"4:51
2."Standing in Blood"4:13
3."Visions from beyond the Grave"4:00
5."Undead Journey"4:16
6."B.C./A.D. (Before Christ/After Death)"4:48
7."Andromeda Strain"3:36
8."Droid Sector"4:16
9."Destroying the Manger"5:59
10."Empire of the Sands"6:17


External links[edit]


  1. ^ The Key at AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-06-21.