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Devastated Graves - The Morbid Celebration - Mike Thompson - 7 stars

Devastated Graves - The Morbid Celebration

Devastated Graves - The Morbid Celebration
(Hell's Headbangers - 2010)

Primitive, raw and fucking brutal! That's how I would describe this first full-length album from one-man, US death metal project Nocturnal Blood. Nocturnal Blood has been in existence since 2008 and has so far released a demo, two EPs and a split with Sanguis Imperem, all of which have been fairly well received.
For those who want something that is reminiscent of old school death metal and yet not a carbon copy of any particular band, this is something you need to check out! Its a 26 minute hellish thrillride through the mind of Ghastly Apparition, the sole member of the project. The drums are frenetic but not overly technical, the guitars hammer out brutal riffs and the vocals complete this evil tapestry with barely decipherable growls that sounds like a demonic voice from the underworld! The bass is, well... probably in there somewhere. Oh well.
I'm finding it difficult to convey just how utterly primal this album sounds... its almost raw black metal in its unrefined, brutal approach to crushing your skull. Imagine a more simplified form of old school Swedish death metal... Perhaps Entombed's Left Hand Path for dummies? In a nutshell that's what this album is. For those who appreciate technicality in their metal I provide this warning; this album is not for you. This also isn't an album you'll enjoy if you only appreciate high production! However, if you're looking for some evil, raw, face-smashing music this is right up your street!

7 stars

Mike Thompson


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