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Nocturnal Fear: Metal of Honor
Thrash Metal
Moribund Records
November 23rd, 2009
Release length: 53:42
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Metal Of Honor is the fourth full length release from the Detroit based Death and Thrash act Nocturnal Fear, and once again we find ourselves staring at another release pushing towards the revival of old-school Thrash metal. While the material on here isn’t exactly the freshest material out there, coming off more so as a tribute to the olden days of the style, the material on this release is actually pretty intense, and the hint of Death throughout does help solidy a quality that does help this release stand out in the flurry of releases much like this one.

While intensity and fury fuel this release, with topics covering your standard variety of war and death and all that in between, the real stand out of this release is the fantastic guitar work much in the vein of acts like Sodom, or even Cadaver, and often, like in the openning to the track “Death Before Dishonor”, can be rather impressive. That being said, the problem with Metal Of Honor would be the track lengths. Some of the songs utilize samples from films mostly as a sort of introduction to the track, like on “Cast From Heaven”, which helps set the tone of the material to follow. But, some of the material on here, such as “Soul Destroyer”, feels a bit drawn out and repetative. At least, for the start of the album.

As the release continue on, it seems that the worst is over, and the rest of the album picks up the intensity from “The Victor And The Vanquished” and on. “The Victor And The Vanquished” is a pretty solid, straight forward thrash track that will really bring an aura of nostalgia along with it’s march-like sound. The track “Reign Of Terror”, which is technically divided into three different sections that flow together as one song, is something that really stands out on the release due to how it just continues to build steam from the start of the track, having a bit of a flowing story to it thanks to the samples added to it at the very start. This, and the closing track “Triumph Of Steel”, really showcase the talent that the band has, and will leave you wishing that the band has put a little more emphasis into the start of the album as they did with these closing tracks.

While Nocturnal Fear doesn’t present anything really fresh or new, the music found on Metal Of Honor runs the gambit of traditional old-school Thrash throwbacks, and works for the band’s advantage. While the release does start off slow and just seems to build up through the album, the latter tracks having more a replay factor then the others with the exception of “Nuclear Deathstrike”, which may end up growing on the listener after a while. The rather raw production quality helps to ensure that the music on here gives a very dark and frantic feel to it for this fusion of Death tinged Thrash metal, and makes Metal Of Honor a rather solid effort that shouldn’t be quickly dismissed.

01. Cast From Heaven (Intro) – 5:31
02. Nuclear Deathstrike – 5:26
03. Death Before Dishonor – 6:50
04. Soul Destroyer – 5:12
05. The Victor And The Vanquished – 5:10
06. Reign of Terror (Instrumetal Trilogy): I. A Call To Arms, II. Riding Into War, III. From Order To Chaos – 3:37
07. The Enigma Of Steel – 6:09
08. Soldiers Of Hell – 5:16
09. Russian Roulette – 5:15
10. Triumph Of Steel – 5:16
Overall Score: 6/10


Digital review copy of this release provided by Moribund Records.