Nocturnal Breed
Fields of Rot


4.5
superb

Review

by Grant Hunter USER (76 Reviews)
November 26th, 2007 | 60 replies | 10,685 views


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: About as awesome as the cover art. No lies.

3 of 3 thought this review was well written

Alright you motherf*ckers, this one is metal to the bone!

Straight to the point, Nocturnal Breed’s “Fields of Rot” is one hell of a jaw-busting album. Released just at the right time when modern thrash needed a fresh sound, “Fields of Rot” truly brings thrash back to its new wave of British heavy metal and punk roots. Emerging from Norway, Nocturnal Breed has been getting praise lately for their “blackened thrash” approach, which really is just a strong nod towards old Sodom and Kreator. But “Fields of Rot” is just so much more than your normal thrash affair, and plays second to none to any of the newly formed retro-thrash bands.

Thrash is the name of the game here, and Nocturnal Breed does more than just excel at it. Ben Hellion and A.E. Rattlehead team up to deliver hard-hitting thrash riffs dipped in punk and throw in N.W.O.B.H.M. melodies and leads to seal the package. When “Wicked, Vicious, and Violent” comes roaring on, it’s not hard to hear the two straining their fingers as they rip away at their fret boards, only to be matched by Destroyer’s dog-like snarl, which is where their black metal influences pop in. The title track, “Code of Conduct”, “Too Damned to Conquer”, and the chugger “The Dead” follow the book on how to write thrash, with locked palm mute riffs and blazing solos, while variation shows it face with the twisted “Manskinner” and the tension builder “In Sickness and Hell”, which has Destroyer promptly telling the audience that they have “a dawn appointment with the gallows”.

As an album, “Fields of Rot” produces simply because of one thing that thrash has lacked in almost every case: variety. Hellion and Rattlehead constantly churn out riff after riff, each one sounding different than the last. “Iron Bitch”, besides having a ridiculously awesome name, is a straight Motorhead throwback. It’s got such an 80’s grit-rock vibe to it from the heavily sleazy riffs, and Destroyer puts out his best vocal performance, sounding like he’s just downed two packs of smokes and a bottle of whiskey as he tells the tale of a complete bitch of a woman. “Invasion of the Body Thrashers” takes a bit of a light-hearted approach, even breaking for a second with an almost Western lead part. Makes sense that a part like that would appear, really, if you were to see one of their band pictures which depicts the boys in front of a car with a longhorn skull on the bumper.

When you f*cked with us, an army was born!

In the sense of actual talent, it should be noted that Destroyer is one of the best vocalists that modern metal has to offer. Seriously, he is insane. He changes his range constantly, and you never know what technique he is going to use next. He could be doing death grunts one moment, and then suddenly switch to a speed-talk, high-pitched shrieks, or sound like Lemmy from Motorhead. Mix that in with his unusual lyrics (“Callous and heartless, inflictress of pain, as in the heart of every devil there’s vain!” – “Scything Harrow”), and you’ve got a winner. All the while doing the vocals, he’s also providing the bass parts, which do add an good “punch” to the tone, as well as branching off at points such as on “The Dead”.

Nocturnal Breed’s “Fields of Rot” deserves the attention of metal followers across the globe. It’s fast, relentless, and catchy as hell. Tracks like “Wicked, Vicious, and Violent” and “Too Damned to Conquer” will please any thrash junkies’ craving, while “Invasion of the Body Thrashers” and “Iron Bitch” have the potential to reach out and grab hold of those not accustom to thrash. As far as modern thrash goes, Nocturnal Breed produces, simply put, one of the best albums available. Put it in your stereo and blast those speakers, you won’t regret it.

Overall - 4.5/5

Recommended Tracks:
Wicked, Vicious, and Violent
Too Damned to Conquer
Invasion of the Body Thrashers
Iron Bitch



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south_of_heaven 11
November 26th 2007



5433 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Iron Bitch ilyThis Message Edited On 11.26.07

BallsToTheWall
November 26th 2007



44164 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Solid review. Checked these guys on myspace, good stuff, but will need to hear the whole thing. Artwork cant be topped, even S.O.T.L.B art.

Zoo
November 26th 2007



3759 Comments


Sounds pretty damn sexy.

south_of_heaven 11
November 26th 2007



5433 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Sexy eh ZooYorker? Band photo ftw:

http://static.metal-archives.com/images/1/2/7/4/1274_photo.jpg

Slaytan
November 26th 2007



1186 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Nice review, as usual.

Zoo
November 26th 2007



3759 Comments


Wow, that was some foresight on my part. Very nice :D

Well, now I must check this out.

jrowa001
November 26th 2007



8750 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

great review. i will definitely check this out, i haven't gotten any new thrash in a long time or at least found any i liked

Slaytan
November 27th 2007



1186 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Just out of curiousity, where do you hear about these bands anyway? You always seem to find the bands that I'm looking for, haha.This Message Edited On 11.27.07

south_of_heaven 11
November 27th 2007



5433 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Just out of curiousity, where do you hear about these bands anyway?

metal-archives.com mostly. I just browse until I find something I like, the forums usually point me in the right direction. Either that or I go to random metal forums and just download whatever they have to offer. Usually have to wade through a lot of shit before I find something good.

Crimson
November 27th 2007



1935 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

So I checked this out after seeing the pictures on their website, and wow, this might actually be one of the few thrash metal albums I actually like...

Neoteric
November 27th 2007



3243 Comments


hey look Grant reviewed some metal

south_of_heaven 11
November 27th 2007



5433 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

hey look Grant reviewed some metal

I like to throw a curveball every now and then, keep everyone on their toes, mmk?

Dethtrasher
November 27th 2007



2211 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Neat review, pretty amazing that Norway even have thrash. If you would compare this album to one of Sodom's albums, which one would you pick?

south_of_heaven 11
November 27th 2007



5433 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Well, older Sodom is usually the staple for blackened thrash...I might have to say it's similar to P. Mania. They're the same style, but the way Nocturnal Breed approaches things (bit more of a NWOBHM touch) is different.

Mikesn
Emeritus
November 27th 2007



3709 Comments


hey look Grant reviewed some metal
Look at Grant trying to break his stereotypez

good review but
“Alright you motherf*ckers, this one is metal to the bone!”
do they actually say that?

south_of_heaven 11
November 27th 2007



5433 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Hahahaha yes, yes they do. On Iron Bitch, Destroyer just starts talking randomly. He also says "Get on your hands and knees, bitch!" :lol:
That song is just so much fun.

Wizard
November 27th 2007



19210 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Excellent review once again SOH. Ive heard a song or two off this album and I was impressed.

Digging: Monarch - Sabbracadaver

south_of_heaven 11
November 27th 2007



5433 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Oh yeah, and Mike, this might be one of those thrash albums that you actually like...but then again, most of my thrash recommendations to you don't go over that well sometimes :/

Slaytan
November 27th 2007



1186 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks s_o_h

jrowa001
November 28th 2007



8750 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i picked this album up, i LOVE it!!! i even put their album cover as my myspace backgroundThis Message Edited On 11.28.07



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