Formed in 1987 in Tampa, Florida by former Morbid Angel drummer Mike Browning, Nocturnus stood out from the Death Metal crowd for their heavy use keyboards and science fiction themed lyrics (both virtually non-existent in extreme metal at the time).

Following the release of their second full-length album Thresholds, disputes emerged within the band regarding copyright ownership of the name Nocturnus, as well as lyrical direction. Following these altercations, Mike Browning left the group as the remainder of the band began writing their third album with Browning's replacement James Marcinek. Unfortunately shortly after this, Nocturnus were dropped from their label, Earache, and managed to release a two-track, self-titled EP on Moribund Records before splitting up in 1993.

In 1999, the band briefly reunited to release Ethereal Tomb, however by 2002 they had officially disbanded.

In 2013, Mike Browning formed Nocturnus AD as a reformed version (not a reunion) of Nocturnus that will continue on where "The Key" album left off. The band utilizes the same members as After Death but the music will be much more technical and in the vein of "The Key" album originall released by Nocturnus in 1990.


KG - 1291191 Nocturnus - The Key album art Nocturnus The Key (Album) Earache KG - 1291191 Indonesia 1990 Sell This Version
TFCK 88585 Nocturnus - Thresholds album art Nocturnus Thresholds (Album) Earache TFCK 88585 Japan 1992 Sell This Version
Myst 207 Nocturnus - Ethereal Tomb album art Nocturnus Ethereal Tomb (Album) Season Of Mist Myst 207 Poland 1999 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

none Nocturnus - The Science Of Horror album art Nocturnus The Science Of Horror(Cass) Not On Label (Nocturnus Self-released) none US 1988 Sell This Version
DEAD 02EP Nocturnus - Nocturnus album art Nocturnus Nocturnus (EP, Single) Moribund Records DEAD 02EP US 1993 Sell This Version


CANUS0072CD Nocturnus - The Nocturnus Demos album art Nocturnus The Nocturnus Demos (Comp) Karmageddon Media CANUS0072CD US 2004 Sell This Version


CT001 Nocturnus - A Farewell To Planet Earth album art Nocturnus A Farewell To Planet Earth(DVD-V, NTSC) Chaos Theory CT001 US 2004 Sell This Version


none Nocturnus - Nocturnus album art Nocturnus Nocturnus(Cass, S/Sided) Not On Label (Nocturnus Self-released) none US 1987 Sell This Version