Label: Napalm Records
Country of Origin: Germany
Style: Death metal
Ashes is an early favorite showing diversity and a style that deviates from melodic death to the borders of grindcore though it fades in comparison to the wicked groove laden On Trails of Death, a track that should have the listener up and spinning around like a wanton ninja with a ‘blood score’ to settle. As the album progresses I’m feeling a Hypocrisy-esque vibe as well a few nods to other notable European acts. In no way however, does this make Dawn of Disease a copycat by no standards but rather an act who have managed to somehow capture familiarity (leading to instant appreciation) in their style incorporating their own feel and a huge addictive element to boot!
Through Nameless Ages gallops along at a nice pace putting me in mind of Amon Amarth (seriously with a release as good as Jomsviking it’s an album that’s hard to forget) A great track to get the blood pumping.
Enwrapped in Guts from moniker alone feels like it aught be a tad old school in feel, thankfully it doesn’t let the listener down and delivers both melodic brutality and several moments of groove (ala Speckmann and Master) to set any deserving mosh pit a-riot. The album climaxes with The Sky is Empty. A track which boasts an atmospheric blackened death feel, a slower pace and a final stamp on an album that is highly recommended and well worth the wait I suffered after hearing teasers and receiving nods from like-minded fellows for over the period of a few months.
An album that will take you back a few years to the golden age of European death with enough nods to surrounding genres to please more than those who hanker for merely the melodic.
Highly recommended and utterly addictive.
Country of Origin: France
Style: Hardcore/Death/Thrash/Groove metal
Nightwatch, the second track, introduces some wicked guitar chops into the mix within a track that boasts more of a ‘modern metal’ edge complete with gang chorus (which I’m usually a fan of but it works well enough here). If I was to guess, I would state there’s a Game of Thrones reference in there someplace too. Another great track to get fans on their feet if the first track hasn’t had them don some sensible footwear in readiness for the unforgiving nature of the pit.
Turmoil has a Hatebreed vibe about it though strangely I enjoy it regardless of the fact (for the record I’m not in the slightest bit a Hatebreed fan). Melodic and powerful not the best tune on this EP but still very listenable.
The EP closes with Justice. Blistering in pace it’s an excellent way to end an EP that’s sure to garner some attention, and if there’s any justice (see what I did there) a deal with a label that gives talent plenty of room to mature.
Show your support, if this is any indication of what’s to come there’s a new pin to put on the globe in relation to bands that tear shit up, for sure an act to keep an eye out for.
Label: Napalm Records
Country of Origin: Sweden
Style: Doom/NWOBHM/Stoner rock
Tom Sutton (guitars and vocals) has a great range and perfect cadence for this band’s style putting me in mind of both Lee Dorian (who ironically started a new band and released a doom album just in the last few years) in most instances and Wino only occasionally.
Label: Agonia Records
Country of Origin: Norway
Style: Thrash/Blackened Death
The first track, Wicked, Vicious and Violent contains quite possibly one of my all-time favorite blackened thrash riffs (even better then, that I’ve never heard of Nocturnal Breed before listening to this album) add to that a vocalist (by name of S.A Destroyer) whose throat drips seething evil and you have all the ingredients to make me a very happy lil’ metal head indeedy!
The music here is unfathomably fast (like early Vader - Vicious Circle swift) though doesn’t sacrifice melody, rhythm or flair, riffs are crisp and have I mentioned the vocals… damn!
Iron Bitch is an oddity on the album though doesn’t feelat all out of place. More a nod to Motorhead (RIP Lemmy) - Iron Fist? than anything else (in my opinion anyway) it’s rather amusing, perhaps a tad faster than the original (?) but still, strangely, toe-tappingly catchy.
In essence Nocturnal Breed could well be the resulting offspring of Witchery and a Power and Pain era Whiplash if the bands were so inclined (is there enough alcohol on earth?) and the miracles of modern day science permitted.
If you have yet to discover Nocturnal Breed do so at your next earliest convenience and brace that neck becus it is sure to be hurting for days to come.
…falling asleep to the sounds of cacophonous butchery and the slaughter of angels or that could just be my daughter rehearsing for choir. (insert ‘knowing’ winky face here!)