Noctule's Serena Cherry: “The leads on this album are a window into my personality – they're euphoric, but also heavy”

Serena Cherry of Noctule
(Image credit: Tim Birkbeck)

Though Svalbard guitarist Serena Cherry often incorporates black metal-inspired tremolo picking into her technique, the dramatic swings of the Bristol, UK unit’s latest LP, When I Die, Will I Get Better?, also branch off into blunt force hardcore chugging and melodious post-rock texturalism. 

When it comes to Wretched Abyss, the upcoming debut from Cherry’s new Noctule project, the English guitarist/programmer streamlines her love for delay-decayed trills in a decidedly more traditional – and brutal – black-metal fashion. 

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Gregory Adams

Gregory Adams is a Vancouver-based arts reporter. From metal legends to emerging pop icons to the best of the basement circuit, he’s interviewed musicians across countless genres for nearly two decades, most recently with Guitar World, Bass Player, Revolver, and more – as well as through his independent newsletter, Gut Feeling. This all still blows his mind. He’s a guitar player, generally bouncing hardcore riffs off his ’52 Tele reissue and a dinged-up SG.