"The Key" was the debut full-length album by Florida death metal band Nocturnus. The album was one of the very first death metal albums to incorporate keyboards into the music. "The Key" 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. The album was produced by Tom Morris at Morrisound Studios.
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