"When Fires Breed Blood" (Lost Disciple;
Reviewed by Christopher
California natives Noctuary are one of the few American
bands that dare to tread black metal waters. For that alone this band should get
some recognition. However, if Noctuary have anything to do with it they'll let
their music do the talking. The underground buzz on Noctuary should tell you one
thing that you need to know - the fans of the extreme scene are flocking to
Noctuary in droves.
"When Fires Breed Blood" is an expansive foray into the breadth of what black
metal can sound like without losing its intensity and cruelty.
Noctuary aren't like stereotypical early European black metal - the production
values are quite good and the music is very diverse. Additionally, the rhythms
are grounded in the great American thrash tradition and there are extended
guitar solos, mandolin, flamenco guitar, piano interludes, and male tenor vocals
all adding up to an intriguing effort. The guitar solos stand out for me - the
solos are as expressive as they are frighteningly dark.
The scorched earth vocals remind me of the raspiness of
Dani Filth (Cradle Of Filth) which isn't surprising since "When Fires Breed
Blood" is a concept that tells the tale of war against organized religions. "At
Journey's End" is the disc's highlight.
"When Fires Breed Blood" is an immediately likable CD
if you're into the extreme music scene. While not nearly as symphonic as
Sanctus' "Aeon Sky," "When Fires Breed Blood" does give the American black metal
scene a solid kick in the ass.
For more information visit http://www.lostdisciple.com.
A classic. This record will kick your ass.
Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.
So-so. You've heard better.
Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.
Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.
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