Thursday, November 21, 2013

Nocturnal Graves "...From the Bloodline of Cain"

Hells Headbangers Records

Australia's Nocturnal Graves features two guys with ties to Deströyer 666, vocalist/bassist Jarro Raphael (aka. Nuclear Exterminator) and lead guitarist Ian Gray ( aka. Shrapnel), as well as two guys with ties to Denouncement Pyre in guitarist Decaylust (?) and drummer L. Wilson. The group, which is all about blackened thrash,  was first formed back in 2004 before breaking up in 2010. In 2012 the group got back together with both Shrapnel and Wilson joining up at that point. This release is already out on CD (link below) with a vinyl version due out sometime in December. The group's last recording was released back in 2010 and that was a split. With regards to "...From the Bloodline of Cain" there was actually a six year gap between this and the group's last full-length album, "Satan's Cross". Surely I do not need to spell out the lyrical direction of this album right? The music though is raw, a bit cheesy and (can you use this as a description for blood-covered thrash like this?) even groovy! Well, groovy in a way where gruesome death metal, underground thrash and bleak black metal all get in a head on collision with blood, guts and mangled bones flying everywhere!  It's all played pretty dang fast and the group does cut things a little close for comfort as far as (near) self-parody is concerned, but at the end of the day metal like this is simply made in order for metal maniacs to thrash out to! And in that regard it does it job and it does it well! Nothing brilliant but fun nonetheless..

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