Probably one of the most highly anticipated releases of the year, Nunslaughter this year finally drops their fourth full length album, Angelic Dread, 7 long years after their last full length release. Despite so, this hardly means that the band has taken a long break, with the long list of EP, splits and live releases that they have released in between.
With such a long history of playing devil metal under their belts, Nunslaughter once again proves that the years of experience has not reduced the sharpness and intensity with which they hit the listener. At the same time, those already familiar with the band will know what to expect from a Nunslaughter release, and with album opener Angelic Dread, one is treated to an extremely old school form of death metal. And immediately, apart from the playing style of fusing old school thrash and roll with death metal, similarities to other early extreme metal bands such as Venom are obvious with the evil, sinister vibe that the band has managed to invoke. Furthermore, there are even some rather punkish moments that are on the album, and these moments of crossover even remind one of Joel Grind’s projects such as Tiger Junkies or Toxic Holocaust with the slight blackened touch. There is even some grind elements infused, with tracks like Inner Beast see the band playing with extreme urgency.
The long list of releases that Nunslaughter has had over the years makes it rather hard even for dedicated fans to follow the band. Fans can therefore rejoice with Angelic Dread, as the band has included re-recorded tracks that are on past 7″ releases as a bonus second disc of the album, ensuring that the entire release sounds as consistent as possible. Songs on this disc also show the other styles that Nunslaughter has indulged in over the years, such as the rather old-school, Swedish sounding tracks like The Bog People and the Entombed/Nihilist inspired riffing styles.
Anyway, for a more recent comparison, fans of bands such as Gravehill with their old school style of death/thrash metal, will also find something in Nunslaughter‘s Angelic Dread.