The Noctambulant
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The Noctambulant

Jacksonville, Florida, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2012 | INDIE

Jacksonville, Florida, United States | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2012
Band Metal




"Nucleus at The Underground Lounge in Chicago, IL on 05 Feb 2016"

Next came Floridian Black Metal outfit, The Noctambulant. This concert was their last performance their two-week national tour, starting in California. Their set brought all the spikes and hellfire one could hope for as well as plenty of headbanging grooves and haunting solos. Metal enthusiasts should keep an eye out for this group, and their blackened hot sauce for sale at merch, as they continue to travel and grow. - nationalrockreview

"Hubris Nemesis EP"

The Noctambulant is a hard working band from from Jacksonville that just delivered an EP hearkening back to days of old school black metal. Raw and honest, these talented musicians (and all around good people) are an example of how Florida metal keeps rolling like a runaway train. Not only has their fan base grown since the first time I caught them at Black Kvlt Fest, they’ve also picked up a few sweet endorsements.

The Hubris and Nemesis is an homage to the bands that influenced them and it really does a great job at capturing low-fi style that isn’t over burdened with slick production. Sometimes less is more and they really nailed it with this release. Check the dates for an East Coast October tour with another awesome Florida band Promethean Horde so don’t miss a show if it comes near you. - Black Metal Mother

"Duvallum Aterrimus Metallum"

Jacksonville may not be known for its metal scene, but those who are into it are really into it. The last black metal show I attended had a small turnout, but they were hardcore all the way, with merch tables, tattoos of their favorite bands, and enough piss and vinegar to fuel an ultra-violent pit.

The Noctambulant is one of those bands, a black metal quartet whose music harks back to the earlier days of the genre. It’s heavy and fast, yes, but it’s more firmly rooted in the melodic origins than in the progressive, super-fast nature of some of today’s bands. (The Noctambulant actually sprung out of a psychobilly band as a for-fun side project, until the promoters of the local Zombie Walk asked them to perform. They’ve been a band ever since.)

The Noctambulant is preparing to leave – in a pretty nifty custom-painted tour bus – on a month-long tour that takes them from Colorado through Texas, across the Southeast, up the East Coast and over to Michigan.

They perform in Jacksonville at Burro Bar on Monday, June 15. I recently spoke to guitarist Phillip Newton about the state of metal, corpse paint and, of course, Satan.

Folio Weekly: What kind of metal do you consider The Noctambulant?

Phillip Newton: If I had to be picky, I’d call it Melodic American Black Metal. Though usually when promoting the band, we drop the “Melodic American” moniker.

What is your approach to writing?

[Drummer] Darin Fitzpatrick and I do the majority of the songwriting, and it’s a fairly collaborative process. While we have both written full songs for the band, what I find most successful is when we can build a song off each other’s ideas. Incorporating his punk/thrash roots and my classical and more traditional metal roots.

Give me your assessment of the Jacksonville metal scene.

You can look at it almost like there are two. You have the “metal” scene that goes to the big festival shows, says they listen to metal and quote some deathcore band as the most “brootal” thing ever. That is not who we play for.

The real Jacksonville metal scene is the guys like Kevin Jackson and Metal Steve. They are part of a small but dedicated group that will go to a metal show for the actual show. They want to meet the players, hear what’s going on, what’s new, where people are going. They’ll stay for the last band because they appreciate the time, dedication and art that go into making music.

You’re also in a Germanesque polka band. What the hell is up with that?

Yes, the One Step Ahead of the Law Brass Band. The band started as a pick-up gig with my dad, who plays trumpet, an accordion player, tuba player and myself. It turned into us being the only full-time Oktoberfest Oompah band in the city, with a steady gig at the German Schnitzel Haus on Atlantic, and Oompah-ing our weasley black guts out during the months of September and October.

You’ve been known to wear an inverted crucifix. It’s in your logo as well. Why?

Because like the lyrics I write, I do not agree with organized religion. I feel that people should think for themselves, look inward for their own answers, and be held accountable for their fuck-ups. To quote Richard Dawkins, “Faith is the great cop-out, the great excuse to evade the need to think and evaluate evidence. Faith is belief in spite of, even perhaps because of, the lack of evidence.”

You don’t need religion to be a good person. You don’t need religion to tell you how to act. You need to know what’s right from wrong and be a human enough to make your own decisions.

Is Satan a fan of your band?

If he were more than a mythic construct of an outdated religion, hell, yes, he would be.


But no. He isn’t.

In your opinion, what was the very first metal band? Sabbath? Zeppelin? Or someone else?

You can argue with your family and lose friends over this question. Sabbath, Zeppelin and Deep Purple are always the ones that come to mind. Personally, I was introduced to Zep before the other two, so in my opinion, I’d say Zeppelin.

How important is image to your music and metal in general? The makeup, the studs and spiked wristbands, etc.

To our music, I’d say not that important. There is a fine line between putting on a show, and actually drinking your own Kool-Aid. When we do the corpse paint, spikes, leather, it’s all in giving the audience more of a show, because that’s what they’re paying to see. When we play one of the Black Metal festivals in Miami, where it’s wall-to-wall packed with metalheads, we give ’em what they want: corpse paint, blood, fog, doom and Satan. That’s what they paid for.

Where can people listen to/purchase your music?

We’re on iTunes and Spotify. The upcoming album will be available through a wide variety of online locations. Follow up with our social media outlets for updates. - The Folio


2013 Dreams of Rotten Silence EP
2014 The Fear Leader EP
2015 Hubris Nemesis EP

2016 Advocatus Diaboli. D.G. Records



  The Noctambulant is the creation of two veterans of the Florida music scene: E. Helvete (vocals/guitar), and D. Franseth (drums). While playing in other bands, these two friends discovered a mutual lure to forge their own path into the Black Metal genre… and The Noctambulant was born. Playing as a 3 piece band with additional musician Lars Goerschafft (bass), The Noctambulant played various local shows and crafted more original songs to record. The band added a second guitarist, John Hoarfrost  to the line up. After a few months, the new songs eventually became the first EP, Dreams of Rotten Silence, released on Halloween day (10/31), 2013. The EP received a good response from reviewers and peers in the scene, which lead the band to a short tour in January, 2014 consisting of shows all around the state of Florida. During the Holidays in 2013, The Noctambulant went back into the studio to record the second EP release named The Fear Leader. This EP was also well received and lead to some bigger and better events.

  In February of 2014 John Hoarfrost left the band and local guitarist Chris B-hoff joined the band to bring together the solid foundation which allows for the full blend and unique sound of The Noctambulant. This unique sound also attracted interest from D.G. Records, The owner of which stated he was interested in working with The Noctambulant and said, “What drew me to you guys was your originality along with your influences showed me quickly that this was something special rather than just another band.”

  In March of 2014 The Noctambulant signed with DGR to release a full length album in the near future. The Noctambulant has played various shows and festivals throughout 2015 , including Death to Miami III, Deland Metal Festival, Black Kvlt Fest 2 and providing support for Moonspell, SkeletonWitch, Turisas, and Thy Antichrist. During the last half of the year, The Noctambulant went into the studio to record their first full length LP, Advocatus Diaboli. 

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