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'They Come At Night'
(Deathgasm Records)

Jools Green

jools green

nocturnal torment they come at night

Despite being active since 1988, 'They Come At Night' is Nocturnal Torment's first full length album. They have produced two demos, one under their previous name of Termination as a Thrash Metal outfit back in 1989 and more recently in 2009, 'Consecrated'. under their present name.

Nocturnal Torment's 2012 offering 'They Come At Night' is a slice of old school Death Metal to be proud of from the four piece from Chesterton, Indiana. The band consists of Peter Clemens on Bass, Dave Ross on drums with Tom Stathis and Mark Schultz both on guitar/vocals.

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Getting straight down to business with 'Vile Affliction' from the offset with grating, chugging guitars closely followed by those growling vocals and my interest is caught already. No chance to catch your breath before you are into 'Alternative Reality', the same grating guitars and growling vocals but the pace is faster, slightly reminiscent of Cannibal Corpse.

A lot of the tracks are very reminiscent of other bands. 'Bleeding' had that frantic sound to it that you get with Danish Death Metal bands like Corpus Mortale. It is almost like each song is a personally written tribute to all the aspects of Metal that Nocturnal Torment love. If that's the case, no complaints here, it works for me.

Opening with drums, then bass before moving into the guts of the song, 'Cycle Of Life' is my favourite track, the sinister sounding, repeating riff overlaid by those rich harsh vocals. Had I not read that there were two vocalists in this band I would never had guessed as they seem to blend together perfectly.

On to 'Forever Eternal Darkness' and machine gun guitars kick this into action before breaking into the consistent guitar style found throughout the album. Excellent repeat riff and the screaming guitar at the end, overlaid onto the grating guitar which permeates throughout the album. Also another excellent growl from the vocal department! Just fabulous!

Ending with 'Primordial Existence', there is no let up or wind down, this album is full tilt end to end.

All the tracks are long; most are up around the five to six minute mark with only two under five minutes but for me personally, there is enough tempo change and variety to keep my interest and I don't mind long tracks.

Every song is different and there is an impressively rich mixture within this album. These guys know their Death Metal like the back of their hands: excellent musicianship from the guitarists, amazing vocals.

Put it on repeat play from the start because you won't want this album to end. It may have taken these guys over twenty years to get around to making this but I don't care as it's a masterpiece. I absolutely love it.

Available now from Deathgasm Records.




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It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


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Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

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We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

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