Nocturnal Breed - Napalm Nights

Nocturnal Breed Napalm Nights cover
Nocturnal Breed
Napalm Nights
Agonia Records
2014
6
Nocturnal Breed are a blackened thrash band that started in the mid-90s and since then has some five releases including this one, but all of them released at completely different point in time with the first three bursting out in close succession while the last two coming out with almost 7 years difference. Their membership has changed to now feature present and past members of Dimmu Borgir, Satyricon, Aeternus, and Gehenna now including original guitarist I. Maztor and a new member V. Fineideath on guitars and the even enlist the help of such scene luminaries and pop crumpets, that seem to pop up anywhere they can as Nocturno Culto (Darkthrone) on vocals (“Krigshisser D.N.K”) and backing vocals (“Speedkrieg”, “The Bitch of Buchenwald” and “Thrashiac”) and more serious fellow A.E. Rattlehead (Crest of Darkness/ex-Nocturnal Breed) on solo guitar (“Thrashiac” and “Under the Whip”).
 
The band hasn’t changed an awful lot its style, but the guitarist infusion, makes things a little more interesting and edgy, with opener “The Devil Swept the Ruins” dripping with speedinous bile, follow-up “Speedkrieg” ah well, tell me what else you’d expect with a title like that, than an even more “Sodomized” “Onslaught” of Speed... “Cursed Beyond Recognition”, trades speed for atmosphere and epic grandeur and is a lot sicker... but the effect is only temporary as “The Bitch of Buchenwald” goes for a one two, of Motorheado-sadistic-rock-n-rot. The title track “Napalm Nights” is clearly the album's most impressive and advanced composition with some nice guitar part that must have been ripped off from some early Kreator album – “Pleasure to Kill” maybe (lol) but it’s nice otherwise...
 
“Thrashiac” is a nice in your face number that takes no prisoners with its direct riff and simple but effective attack – somehow – in the press release they managed to fuck up the track sequence I think but on the sequence it's before “Dawn Campaign... Flamethrower Ridge” the tracks are even “mis-titled”, but you can hear the choruses...clearly. “DC/FT”, is a bit slower and more militaristic hence not as impressive... but I suppose it manages to change the pace a bit from being ever-fast, even if it has itself a fast break. “Under the Whip” is a quite long and really proto-blackened number, that really changes the style and pace quite a bit and throws a blanket of sonic and aural mud over the proceedings that “Dragging the Priests” only allows to get solid so as to coldly tread upon sounding completely cold and unforgiving – murdering and precise – dark, fast and infernal. Finally “Krigshisser (D.N.K.)” sounds like a crack in that mud, from which all the Demons of Hell, start emerging :P as it just bases itself on the worst drumming moments of Venom and Sodom combined with all the satanic undercurrent that could possibly be channeled in a track – being channeled. Ehm....
 
I suppose a delightful occasion for fans of Aura Noir, Inferno, Toxic Hollocaust, Desaster, Kreator of the first few albums Venom and Sodom; Nothing original... but then again, you don’t want anything original do you?