- Eternal Nuklear Violation Title track gets things
underway. Starts off as essentially a very fast thrash track for
the first minute or so, then gets even quicker launching into a
full black metal assault. For me this is a backwards step; liked
the intro then all sense of power and finesse are lost in the relentless
and chaotic onslaught. Incredibly fast but no identifiable riff
I'm afraid. Continues in this vein for a couple of minutes before
returning to a chuggy thrash section which, via a bass-led riff,
leads into the closing modern doom/death metal section. Liked the
opening and closing sections, middle wasted on me unfortunately.
- Unsanctified By Blastthrashing Maelstrom(!!)
Sorry guys - shit title, but that's extreme metal for you. Intro
reminds me of Tsjuder before the main body of the song speeds up
into black metal carnage. At least the growling becomes decipherable
in the chorus. Middle section reminded me of Immortal, which leads
into a chuggy thrash style finale.
- The Beast Pick of the tracks for me. Great intro,
the opening riff reminds me a lot of Nile. Effectively a very fast
thrash/death song with a heavy Slayer influence especially in the
guitar solos and the almost Tom Araya-esque closing scream. Quality
- Servants To A Blackened Sun Derivative black
metal throughout. Reasonable riff but speed again detracts from
power. Quite frankly could be any one of hundreds of Scandinavian
bands out there. Very repetitious and for me a weak and poor closer.
I will start with the positives. The Beast is a great song
that many bands would be proud to have written. Good musicians and
both guitarists can shred. Negatives far outweigh I'm afraid. Overall
production is poor; top end is fine so the guitars sound ok, but the
bottom end is really sludgy with the bass work of the guitarist and
the drummer being indistinct. You have two good guitarists but soloing
is down to a minimum. Typical vocals for the genre as well - could
be anybody growling.
Black metal has always been a genre that has mystified me. Great
musicians compromising power for speed and all things Satanic. Extreme
metal fans will love this, doesn't do much for me overall though.
That said they are great value live and I would recommend open-minded
thrash and death fans, as well as extreme and black metal purists,
to check them out.