Witching Metal Webzine

Witching Metal Webzine

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Nocturnal Vomit - Cursed Relics

Nocturnal Vomit is a Greek band that formed in 1999 who finally released their debut album last year, following a lot of demo and split releases. The material featured on "Cursed Relics" is quite a departure from threir earlier works, which reeked of primitive death metal a la Sarcófago, Blasphemy, Beherit and Corpse Molestation, among others. The songs featured on this album follow a path more akin to ancient death metal bands such as Asphyx, Pentacle, Sadistic Intent and Grave....

Although I mentioned many influences above, Nocturnal Vomit is not the type of band who lazily copies their idols. They are a band who play with the passion and aggression needed to make good, honest death metal and while there may not be a particular "stand-out" track on this album; each song is skillfilly crafted to the same high standard and there is not a dull moment to be found and one can see why the band took their time working towards a full length release.

The analog production on this record can be described as; massively heavy, allowing the old-school brutality and warped, twisted melodies to shine through, with everything being highlighted by the totally ancient guitar sound. The music, whilst being staunch old-school death worship, is drenched in a similar atmosphere to the old Greek black metal acts (Necromantia, Rotting Christ, Varathron, etc), which helps to set the band apart from the "new-OSDM" crowd and allows Nocturnal Vomit to stand out from the pack.

"Cused Relics" seems to have been overlooked by a lot of metal fans last year, however, I think that in years to come it will be remembered as one of the more effective albums of 2012.

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