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Darkmoon Warrior: Nuke 'em All
Black Metal
World Terror Committee
November 12th, 2013
Release length: 42:59
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Darkmoon Warrior is a band that, if you know what dark corners of the Black Metal world to check out, you’ll more than likely have heard of by now. This German three-piece group originally formed back in 1996, issuing five demos from that year up until 2006. 2003 saw the four band split We Walk the Infernal Path released, and in 2006 the band’s first proper EP In Fundis Inferiorum dropped through Obscure Abhorrence Productions. Three years later the band was picked up by the W.T.C. (World Terror Committee), and finally issued their debut full-length effort Crown of Snakes thirteen years after first coming together. It’s been another four years, and Darkmoon Warrior returns with their much awaited follow-up, Nuke ’em All. But has the long wait taken its toll, or is this perhaps their most gratifying release yet?

Nuke ’em All pulls inspirations from all over the board, treading back to the first wave of Black Metal days, all the way to the modern depressive take on the style. “Fuck Off” has a venomous hatred that is felt more in the vocals, though the music does have some matching energy, especially in the catchy Thrashier chorus. Fans of Satyricon‘s Volcano or the far more pissed off Darkthrone material will find this a memorable experience, as well as mantra. “Nuke ’em All” has a similar violent streak, but it doesn’t throw catchy two-stepping in. Instead it opts for some strong guitar structures that are as catchy as they are abrasive, and some extra echo on the vocals for the chorus, all making it a track that sinks its teeth into your neck and refuses to let go the entire three minutes of its life span.

“Satanification” is a display of solid execution and early second generation Black Metal influence from start to finish. The song shifts in and out of slightly melodic melancholic hooks sometimes accompanied with clean chants, as well as infectious two-stepping in the chorus. The pace feels slightly restricted, but it allows the song to flow smoothly from start to finish with plenty of passages you’ll bang your head along to, or find the band resorting to filler in order to maintain the seven-and-a-half minute length. “Black Tongues and Rusty Nails” tries to do this again, but some of the transitions throughout don’t always work, often feeling forced. “Waves of Salvation,” however, suddenly thrusts the listener into grim, mournful fields with depressing riffs that may be subtle, but does manage to really play on your emotions in a way that casts the album into an entirely different musical world temporarily.

Nuke ’em All does have one last trick up its sleeve by the time you reach the end though, and it does offer the listener some closure. “Soul on Fire” reverts back to the days of Venom-fueled first wave of Black Metal hatred that manages to be grim and dark, but not so gritty. That element tries to be present, but doesn’t quite come off as intended thanks to the crisp modern production value the album carries. This offering also wraps the album up on the same note it all started, but falling just shy of having that genuinely pissed off vibe “Fuck Off” had thanks to some dulled Motorhead-esque riffs that are a bit out of place, as well as a fast fade effect towards the end that isn’t necessary at all, making you wish the band had ended the song naturally.

Nuke ’em All is a surprisingly solid Black Metal follow-up that treads various takes and eras of the style, molding them together into one cohesive recording that gives it a subtle enough voice to stand out. It’s sad that Darkmoon Warrior is only just now releasing their second full-length effort, a good seventeen years after initially coming together, especially if this is the end product. Sure all the time helped to mature their sound, growing as a unit that nurtured their appreciation for the genre to the point of handling it with the utmost care that is clearly on display here, and for that fans and casual listeners alike will be grateful to the members of this outfit. If you haven’t had the chance to discover Darkmoon Warrior, you simply need to hear Nuke ’em All, as it will easily become a staple go-to album in your collection.

01. Fuck Off – 4:36
02. Satanification – 7:23
03. The Call – 7:08
04. Black Tongues and Rusty Nails – 6:22
05. Nuke ’em All – 3:08
06. Storm of Feces – 4:21
07. Waves of Salvation – 6:20
08. Soul On Fire – 3:38
Initial Pressing Score: 8.5/10

Darkmoon Warrior
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Digital review copy of this release provided by World Terror Committee.