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Nocturnal Breed - We Only Came For Violence Award winner

Nocturnal Breed
We Only Came For Violence
by Craig Rider at 08 August 2019, 1:23 PM

Metal maniacs, rejoice! I am proud to present to you: NOCTURNAL BREED; signed via Folter Records, hailing from Norwegian grounds - performing Thrash/Black Metal, on their 6th album entitled: "We Only Came For Violence" (released June 28th, 2019).

Since formation in 1996; the quartet in question have 6 albums in their discography so far, I'm introduced to their 6th album entitled: "We Only Came For Violence". 13 tracks ranging at around 49:06; NOCTURNAL BREED arrange an intricately designed formula of heavy-hitting Thrash/Black Metal amalgamations. The cryptic; cinematic introduction "Iron Winter" begins the record, until the speedy menace of "Choke On Blood" unleashes mandatory hostility. Hardened hymns fueled into a blistering barrage of amplified adrenaline, boistrously bouncy crunchiness & atmospheric deadliness all compile a concretely gnarly flair of flamboyantly fierce firepower that will make you rage with relentlessly thrashing velocity. Demonstrating extreme aggression; versatile vehemence, while showcasing unique utilizations of savagely sinister subjugation.

Consisting of S.A. Destroyer on bass/vocals; the frontman injects an audible dose of infectiously thumping melodies that manifest into a groovy execution, energized with gritty harmonies & seamlessly sonic rituals of organically solid substances – while screaming with vengeful shreiks, raspy pipes & lungs of high-pitched quintessentials. "Nekrohagel" distributes electrifying domination from duo guitarists Axeman I. Maztor & V. Fineideath who supply rapidly swift nimbleness, & momentously virtuosic tempos of thunderously primitive technicalities. The titular track & "Frozen To The Cross" viciously provide frantically harmonic distinction; forging a distinguished blend of complexly creative dexterity, diligent dynamics & demonic chaos converge chugging gallops & blast beating finesse.

Tex Terror on the battering drums hammers his set with steely precision; slamming with immensely intense pummelling, pounding perseverence & subtly rambunctious rhythms that meticulously portray razor-sharp snappiness with quirky quakes that swerve like a bulldozing speedhorn. "Desecrator" embellishes on experimental lacerations; ripping with roaring shreds, menacing stampedes & maliciously hasty grinds in which promtly persists with frolicking exuberance & volatile variety. "Cannibalized By Fear" is another short slab of an intro; overarched with more obscure ramifications, until transistioning onto the meaty "Sharks Of The Wehrmacht" – juxtaposed with jumpy weight, and a fluidly polished sound production make for an arse-kicking time. Up to this point; I hear an abundant influence from TOXIC HOLOCAUST mastermind: Joel Grind, which is awesome.

"Limbs Of Gehenna" crafts catchy hooks; grunty growls, and a trailblazing tradition of punchy riffs and spearheading solos salubriously thrash with pursuits of blackened blasphemy with monstrously yet wildly rushing mayhem. "War-Metal Machine" rivets with more songwriting memorability; radically manifesting profusely robust momentum, tenaciously venomous spits of rowdy yells that pulse with rawly rough screeches while pumping out pandemonium & terrifying stability. "Can't Hold Back The Night" exercises consistently efficient potency; vibrantly implementing inventive harmonies, and an embodiment of hell-raising enrichments in which revolves around a bombarding blitz of ferociously hellish instrumentation & malevolent musicianship. It's a helluva long record; yet seemed replayable quite easily.

"Bless The Whore" is your typically titled Blackened Thrash Metal track; with a thick, nasty and filthy formulaic - NOCTURNAL BREED are a spreading plague of wrathful oppression. "We Only Came Here For Violence" continues to keep me captivated; engaged, and enlighteningly fulfilled with ruthlessly motivating madness. Overall concluding the record with the finale song: "A Million Miles Of Trench"; I am compelled to say that this is a remarkably splendid record, and is most certainly a black-thrash maniac's wet dream - definitely worth the time - with a few filler songs, they have a knack for contrast & refreshingly talented potential. Good shit!

Songwriting: 9
Memorability: 9
Originality: 9
Production: 9

4 Star Rating

1. Iron Winter (Intro)
2. Choke on Blood
3. Nekrohagel
4. We Only Came for the Violence
5. Frozen to the Cross
6. Desecrator
7. Cannibalized by Fear (Intro)
8. Sharks of the Wehrmacht
9. Limbs of Gehenna
10. War-Metal Engine
11. Can't Hold Back the Night
12. Bless the Whore
13. A Million Miles of Trench
S.A. Destroyer - Bass/Vocals
Axeman I. Maztor - Guitars
Tex Terror - Drums/Vocals
V. Fineideath - Guitars
Record Label: Folter Records


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