Album Review: Nocturnal Graves – …From the Bloodline of Cain

Nocturnal Graves - From the Bloodline of Cain

Nocturnal Graves [Australia]
…From the Bloodlines of Cain
2013
Full Length
Hells Headbangers Records
Black/Thrash Metal

The first time I chanced upon Nocturnal Graves‘ debut Satan’s Cross a few years back, I was extremely overwhelmed but found out unfortunately about the band’s disbandment. News about the band reforming and releasing a brand new full length album in the form of …From the Bloodline of Cain was definitely a nice surprise, and even though it has only been 2 or 3 years that the band was dissolved for, it certainly got me anxiously waiting for the eventual release of the band’s sophomore.

But obviously a few years of absence is not gonna do anything to slow the band down, with each of the members of the current incarnation of Nocturnal Graves being involved in their own projects, most notably Nuclear Exterminator’s Impious Baptism and Decaylust’s Denouncement Pyre, each releasing excellent albums in their own right.

And the chemistry between the band members is immediately apparent right from the start. With the speed and chaos from the first riffs of Promethean War, one would think that the band have listened to an overdose of Slayer during their hiatus, as …From the Bloodline of Cain presents some of the fastest and most intense material that Nocturnal Graves has written to date. While Satan’s Cross had a similarly thrashy influence, they had leaned more towards the old school, heavy metal style of greats such as Venom and Sabbat, so it is certainly refreshing to hear the band presenting a rather evolved style here. This is definitely aided by the relentless blasting that drummer L provides, giving much of the furious speed on the record.

In addition, there also seems to be an increase in the bestial elements that have been included in the songwriting, and there are even moments throughout the record where the fusion of black, death and thrash metal instantly reminds one of bands such as Blasphemophagher and Morbosidad, especially on the opening moments of Slave Annihilation. The chaotic and frantic leads of Shrapnel even reminds one of the style that has been solidified and popularised by Impiety or Infernal War, making this a record that will appeal to fans of bestial and war metal.

…From the Bloodlines of Cain may have presented a rather different style from what fans of Satan’s Cross may have expected, but even so the experience is equally, if not more intense than before. …From the Bloodlines of Cain certainly marks the triumphant return of Nocturnal Graves, and is possibly some of the most bestial works that the band has put out so far.

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