NOCTURNAL BREED

Thrash Metal • Norway
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Nocturnal Breed are a blackened thrash metal band from Oslo, Norway.

The band was formed in 1996 by singer/bassist S. A Destroyer (Gehenna/Satyricon) and guitarist Ed Damnator aka Silenoz (Dimmu Borgir). Within six months, demo recordings Raping the Angels and Black Cult were hatched, from which several tracks made it on to different compilations.

A collaboration with Dutch label Hammerheart Records would result in Nocturnal Breed's first official release, Aggressor in October 1997. Aggressor was recorded at Gordon Studios in Oslo and featured session-members Astennu (lead guitars) and Rick Hellraizer (drums). The release kicked off a tour throughout Europe the very same fall, with Emperor and Bal Sagoth to complete the triple bill. Axeman I. Maztor and drummer Andy Michaels were hired to integrate Nocturnal Breed's line-up for this tour. In addition to the Aggressor release, a 10" vinyl entitled Raping Europe '97, was printed exclusively as a fan-treat for
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NOCTURNAL BREED Aggressor album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Aggressor
Thrash Metal 1997
NOCTURNAL BREED No Retreat... No Surrender album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
No Retreat... No Surrender
Thrash Metal 1998
NOCTURNAL BREED The Tools of the Trade album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Tools of the Trade
Thrash Metal 2000
NOCTURNAL BREED Fields of Rot album cover 4.00 | 2 ratings
Fields of Rot
Thrash Metal 2007
NOCTURNAL BREED Napalm Nights album cover 3.50 | 2 ratings
Napalm Nights
Thrash Metal 2014

NOCTURNAL BREED EPs & splits

NOCTURNAL BREED Raping Europe album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Raping Europe
Thrash Metal 1997
NOCTURNAL BREED Triumph of the Blasphemer album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Triumph of the Blasphemer
Thrash Metal 1998
NOCTURNAL BREED Überthrash album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Überthrash
Thrash Metal 2004
NOCTURNAL BREED Überthrash II album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Überthrash II
Thrash Metal 2005

NOCTURNAL BREED live albums

NOCTURNAL BREED demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

NOCTURNAL BREED Raping the Angels album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Raping the Angels
Thrash Metal 1996
NOCTURNAL BREED Demo Rehearsal 02.97 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Demo Rehearsal 02.97
Thrash Metal 1997
NOCTURNAL BREED The Remasters (Promo) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Remasters (Promo)
Thrash Metal 2005

NOCTURNAL BREED re-issues & compilations

NOCTURNAL BREED Black Cult: The Demonz 96-99 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Black Cult: The Demonz 96-99
Thrash Metal 2005
NOCTURNAL BREED The Remasters album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Remasters
Thrash Metal 2005

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Warthog
Thrash Metal 2004
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Motörmouth
Thrash Metal 2004

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NOCTURNAL BREED Napalm Nights

Album · 2014 · Thrash Metal
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Kev Rowland
Back after some seven years since their last album (2007’s ‘Fields of Rot’), these Norwegians show no sign at all of slowing down. Featuring present and past members of Dimmu Borgir, Satyricon, Aeternus, and Gehenna, original guitarist I.Maztor has returned and joined forces with new member V.Fineideath (guitars). Somethiung that is going to get many metalheads interested is the guest appearance by Nocturno Culto (Darkthrone) on vocals (“Krigshisser D.N.K”) and backing vocals (“Speedkrieg”, “The Bitch Of Buchenwald” and “Thrashiac”) while A.E. Rattlehead (Crest Of Darkness/ex-Nocturnal Breed) also helps out on solo guitar (“Thrashiac” and “Under The Whip”). This is only their fifth album since 1997, and one wonders what might have happened with these guys if the output had been a little more prolific as this is really very good indeed.

While their basis in in thrash, with some black metal elements, there is plenty of rock ‘n’ roll at their core which means that at times they come across as being heavily influenced by Motorhead. The production is strangely thin, and I wonder if that was deliberate to give a sense of the underground but for me it doesn’t do them any favours and is the one thing that lets the album down as even playing at extreme volume there is a feeling that the bottom end just isn’t there. That aside, there is a great deal here to enjoy and lets hope that the appearance of Nocturno will get more people listening as this is definitely worth discovering. www.agoniarecords.com

NOCTURNAL BREED Napalm Nights

Album · 2014 · Thrash Metal
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Speedkrieg...

Genre: blackened thrash metal

Veterans of the Norwegian scene, Nocturnal are known for their abrasive blackened thrash metal and their fondness of singing about war (and their fondness of strippers). Their most recent onslaught is "Napalm Nights".

The opening track is pretty good, combining simplistic crusty energy with crunching riffs and hysteric vocals. The aptly titled 'Speedkrieg' draws on the harsher branches of traditional heavy metal such as Venom and Motörhead and successfully captures the aggressive energy, which also applies to 'The Bitch of Buchenwald'. 'Cursed Beyond Recognition' is slightly more amorphous (by blackened thrash metal standards that is) and is, for my money, the weakest track of the album along with 'Krigshisser'. In contrast, the title track, which is a midtempo thrasher, is the strongest track and also stands out by being the most complex track on the album (and obviously the longest). Nocturnal Breed successfully combine thrash metal and high octane rock 'n' roll, and they capture many of those elements that make down and dirty thrash metal so enjoyable to listen to.

The production is deliberately (I think) thin, which gives the album a touch of both underground authority and old school thrash metal harshness. But if yo expect the musicianship on this album to be questionable and the performance to be sloppy, you will be proven wrong. Nocturnal Breed deliver their music very tightly, and the guitar solos in particular reflect aptness and great skill. I think that the vocals are a bit over the top, at times seeming to emulate Lemmy's gruff style and at other times

As with much blackened thrash metal, the music on this album is abrasive, and the band's flirtation with WWII imagery and Nazi references may be too scary to some listeners. However, if you like blackened thrash metal, then you are guarantied to enjoy this album and the nasty thrash metal it throws at you.

Fans of Venom, Motörhead, and Hellhammer - and possibly early Slayer - should definitely check out this thrashfest.

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