Released: 2009, Moribund
Reviewer: Alan Gilkeson
Brazenly pro-war, unapologetically ruthless, and skilfully brutal, Nocturnal Fear's shredding Thrash epitomizes all that is exciting about modern Thrash Metal. METAL OF HONOR (who remembers the TT Quick record of the same name?) combines elements of highly influential German Thrash the likes of Sodom, Destruction, etc. with the savageness of modern Swedish Death Metal, Hypocrisy comes to mind. However these blokes are as American as baseball and Internet porn, calling that hellish sewer pit Detroit, Michigan their home.
Complete with a Rambo sampled intro, Nocturnal Fear's tremendous ode to war features stellar guitar work by Rev. Chris Slavehunter Ph. D. His frenzied barrage of attacking and articulate solos sometimes have an old time Slayer feel, yet he manages to be progressively esoteric, especially on tunes like 'Triumph of Steel' and 'Russian Roulette' where his dexterous display of aggressive guitar playing make the songs neck wrecking archetypes of Thrash. Let's not forget about skin man Aggressor, practically giving a lesson in violent drumming, with speed and agility comparable with the greats.
METAL OF HONOR is Nocturnal Fear's fourth album, and slowly but surely their name is being uttered in underground Metal circles worldwide. Review after review proclaims these fellows the prototype of the future of Thrash, along with up and comers Warbringer and Lazarus A.D. With an old school feel and modern technicality, they deserve the accolades. True to the art form, these Detroit bashers are worthy of attention from Metal fans the world over, certainly they will crush the faces of all that listen.