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Review: Waelcyrge - Nithstang

Label: Independent
Year released: 2012
Duration: 46:55
Tracks: 9
Genre: Black/Thrash


Review online: December 28, 2012
Reviewed by: Christopher Foley
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Rated 4/5 (80%) (3 Votes)

Formerly known as Wapenspraak & Drinkgelag, Flemish blackened thrashers Waelcyrge are in the business of taking names and ripping faces, and although business has seemingly come to a hold for the band, they unleashed their debut Nithstang earlier this year and it shouldn't go unnoticed.

If acts such as Aura Noir, Desaster and of course Deströyer 666 tickle you in the right places then I can safely say that you're going to want to track down Nithstang. Waelcyrge waste no time in starting the party. Opening with their furious title track, the band unleash a barrage of riffs which carries on across the forty-five minutes plus of the album, changing up the pace here and there for a slower, focused kill, though never relenting in the punishment.

There's isn't much that need be said about this release, from an excellent, scything sound, housing a furious, natural kit complete with gut-busting snares and slashing cymbals, up to the classic sounding guitar tone owing as much to Venom as it does some of the second-wave black metal acts, this sounds great.. The vocals are as expected of the genre, a virulent rasp which is spot on. As I've said the riffs are bang on the money across Nithstang, and on the whole the album flat-out kills. If you're at all interest in black/thrash metal then you should seek this out immediately. Recommended!

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