|Review: Nothing Left for Tomorrow - Nightbreed|
Year released: 2010
Review online: November 3, 2010
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Rated 3.6/5 (72%) (5 Votes)
Nightbreed is the first full-length release from London, Ontario's Nothing Left for Tomorrow. Melodic Death/Thrash is the order of the day, not surprising considering this is a relatively young band (formed in 2002) all wearing Forbidden, Anthrax, Deicide and Death shirts and belt buckles. Old school Thrash riffs abound on Nightbreed. It's a little like listening to a Testament/Forbidden/Overkill revival. Vocalist Yasmina cares for both the Death growls and clean singing. The band, thankfully, stick with Thrash, with some modern Death Metal influences, and avoid the "groove" thing quite successfully.
There's nothing much original on Nightbreed, but two things stood out; Yasmina's vocals and lead guitarist Nick Fetchison's solos. First the guitar work. It sounds to me like Fetchison took the time to put some thought into how his solos would fit with the rest of the songs (all written by rhythm guitarist Justin Holmes). He blazes away on tracks like "Nothing in Return" and "Futile Existence," but takes a slower, more melodic approach on "Broken" and "Depraved Desolation." By not forcing a thousand notes into the 8 or 12 bars he's given, Fetchison creates some additional atmosphere that would otherwise be missing from these songs. As for Yasminas vocals, her growls are fine for this sort of music, if that's your cup of tea, but her clean singing is simply bad. She ranges from passable, albeit dull and colorless to flat, off-key, ice-pick-to-the-ear-drum singing that just sabotages many of the songs. I'm no singer, but some voice lessons are in order here.
Well played, yet unoriginal with some interesting lead work and less than stellar vocal work. That sums up Nightbreed. There is promise here, but you need to dig for it.
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