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Review: Nocturnal Breed - Carry the Beast
Nocturnal Breed
Carry the Beast

Label: Dark Essence Records
Year released: 2023
Duration: 1:13:52
Tracks: 12
Genre: Black/Thrash


Review online: June 8, 2023
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
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Rated 3.2/5 (64%) (5 Votes)

It's rare to see a black/thrash album clocking in at nearly 74 minutes, and it's even more rare that it doesn't overstay its welcome by being over, say, 40-45 minutes (give or take). This seventh album not only packs a lot of music, but it's actually quite varied. Lots of very speedy blackened thrash, of course, some of it pretty dark and brutal but sometimes more "upbeat" and catchy. But the band also throws in a lot of old-school heavy metal, think mid-80s or so, the heavy and not-too-accessible kind, stuff that's more on the darker side, yet catchy as fuck and with some cool little solos. There are even some Motörhead-style bits creeping up here and there. I'm not sure how to describe the vocals, kind of a high throaty screech that I found is a bit of an acquired taste. If there's something I don't like about the album is that it sounds all over the place and there isn't much of a sense of continuity, so it's one of those where you just take it one song at a time and don't try to make sense of them together. Despite that, there's a lot of good dark, dirty heavy/black/thrash/speed metal on offer here and most of it is a lot of fun.

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