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Review: Nocturnal Fear - Metal of Honor
Nocturnal Fear
Metal of Honor

Label: Moribund Records
Year released: 2009
Duration: 53:38
Tracks: 10
Genre: Thrash Metal


Review online: October 16, 2010
Reviewed by: Hermer Arroyo
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Rated 3.47/5 (69.33%) (15 Votes)

Nocturnal Fear, there are many bands named like that but this one is a Black/Thrash band from the U.S., Detroit specifically. I've been hearing a lot about them and finally with Metal of Honor I'm able to know first hand what are they capable of. Basically, this is the same typical style that I've heard before in bands like Sauron, Hellish Crossfire and the German bands. Like the former, this band only has one guitarist, and while it will lack a little bit of depth, that is not why I listen to this genre. Fast and aggressive is what's in store for you, it's not a bad thing but if you are looking for originality then skip this.

This thing has everything that any fan would want in any album of this type. Venomous vocals, evil riffs, hyper fast drumming and an almost non-existent bass, it's all here. More importantly, this disc gives you value, every single song with the exception of the instrumental lasts more than five minutes. Each of them are unbelievably fast, light speed-fast, only giving you brief moments to catch your breath. No pussy ballads or acoustic guitars to be found here, this is pure aggression from beginning to end.

For all the speed that they have, Nocturnal Fear don't do much to separate themselves from the pack. Part of that is the lack of variety here; I guess that is their style since they have existed for ten years or so. I needed a lot of concentration to differentiate the tracks from one another. There are some exceptions like the absolutely cool "Soldiers of Hell", clearly the best song here. The band obviously have the ability to do great albums but until they improve their songwriting they won't really be at the top of Thrash Metal.

But I'm judging this album and not the band or the direction they should take. Overall if you like your Thrash raw with a take-no-prisoners attitude then get this. Metal of Honor is a solid and enjoyable record that will appeal to most Thrash fans. I like it but it is not at the top of the Thrash albums released during 2009.

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