TOOTH­GRINDER NOC­TUR­NAL MAS­QUER­ADE HIGH HOPES SIGHTS & SOUNDS

(SPINEFARM) (VIC­TORY)

Kerrang! (UK) - - Reviews -

UL­TRA-TAL­ENTED NEW JERSEY HEAVYISTS SINK THEIR TEETH DEEP INTO TECH METAL

■ TOOTH­GRINDER ARE a band who sound like they spend hours por­ing over the very base el­e­ments of heav­i­ness, refining and dis­till­ing un­til it’s sur­gi­cally sharp. Noc­tur­nal Mas­quer­ade is not the ragged, colour­ing-over-the-lines car­pet­bomb­ing of looser metal bands; ev­ery­thing here is taut, ninja-ac­cu­rate, ev­ery­thing de­signed to det­o­nate just-so for op­ti­mum dam­age. It’s got a lot more gump­tion to it than a lot of stuff on the more bor­ing, staid, fret-wank­ing end of the flashy-mu­sic scale, but there’s only a cou­ple of mo­ments that’ll make you want to prop­erly lose your shit – al­though they’re dan­ger­ously close to per­fect­ing the for­mula. Next time around, Tooth­grinder could knock your teeth so far down your throat you’ll be stick­ing a brush up your arse to clean them. DOWN­LOAD: The House (That Fear Built). FOR FANS OF: Bury To­mor­row, Sikth. Mediter­ranean heat of Greece is just as ef­fec­tive a back­drop. Sort of makes you imag­ine musty old tombs, chok­ing in­cense and wild-eyed priests decked out in thick cas­socks even in the hottest of suns, doesn’t it? Athe­nian di­a­bolists Rot­ting Christ’s new one ticks all those boxes, liv­ing up to its shad­owy ti­tle with ease. Opener In Nomine Dei Nos­tri is a blast of speed, but af­ter that, they set­tle into some­thing more mys­te­ri­ous. The doom of Ze Nig­mar burns slowly, while Apage Satana fea­tures suit­ably rit­u­al­is­tic chant­ing, be­fore For A Voice Like Thun­der pow­ers along in glo­ri­ous fash­ion, an ap­pro­pri­ately thun­der­ous metal hymn that cuts through the dark­ness per­fectly. Proof that, even af­ter 29 years at Hell’s coal­face, Rot­ting Christ can still cook up a po­tent, mag­i­cal brew. DOWN­LOAD: For A Voice Like Thun­der, In Nomine Dei Nos­tri. FOR FANS OF: Watain, Be­he­moth.

READ­ING MELODIC HARDCORE CREW MIX BIG BRAINS WITH LOTS OF BRAWN

■ WHEN AN al­bum starts with a quotation from as­tronomer Carl Sa­gan about the sig­nif­i­cance of Earth in the vast cos­mos, you know you’re deal­ing with a band who are con­cerned with a bit more than merely ‘open­ing shit up’.that’s not to say that Sights & Sounds lacks the vis­ceral gut-punch re­quired to kick-start your av­er­age fes­ti­val pit.there’s a lot of la­tent power lurk­ing within th­ese songs, with harsh vo­cals, pound­ing rhythms and the odd crunch­ing break­down, but they’re all bal­anced by the band’s sub­tler side. It’s not so much a qui­et­loud dy­namic as a loud-slightly-less-loud one, but the tow­er­ing waves of melodic gui­tar and in­ven­tive song­writ­ing flour­ishes make this a mul­ti­di­men­sional trip. Proof that mu­si­cal brains can be just as pow­er­ful as mu­si­cal mus­cles. DOWN­LOAD: Van­guard, Ma­nip­u­la­tor. FOR FANS OF: Mis­ery Sig­nals,your Demise.

KKKKK = CLAS­SIC KKKK = EX­CEL­LENT KKK = GOOD KK = AV­ER­AGE K = POOR You don’t get a lot of ‘dick­head’ in lyrics th­ese days. Just an­other rea­son to love TRC’S storm­ing come­back sin­gle. BAND: TRC SONG: Take It AL­BUM: TBC Canuck met­allers Anvil have an anv

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