Friday, 19 October 2012

Nunslaugter/Abigial - Fucking Satan (7" Picture disc)


As I sit here with my nice warming cup of Tea, I'm greeted by the first of two new Nunslaughter vinyl releases from Hells Headbangers. As the title of this post suggests, this is their new split with Abigail. Nunslaughter play death metal and hail from Cleveland, Ohio. Over the years they've been extremely prolific when it's come to releasing their unholy noise upon the world. Abigail is not a sweet, innocent female but an unholy black metal band from Japan.

Both bands spew forth two track on this snappily titled 7".

Tracklist -

1. Back To Hell (Nunslaughter)
2. God (Nunslaughter)
3. Night Of The Reaper (Abigail)
4. Violent Force (Abigail)


Back to Hell kicks things off for Nunslaughter, with a decidedly old-school sound.
The vocals are audible, yet raspy. The guitars skip along a quite a pace, as does the rhythm section. Their sound is one of almost a death/thrash crossover, but there is still an overriding satanic overtone, mainly in the lyrics. What do you expect with a song called Back To Hell! The chunky guitar riffs towards the end surprise me slightly, as they prove that Nunslaughter carry more influences and ideas in their death metal arsenal. Their second song God has more of an impact on you, with the buzzsaw riffing and fast, hair-whipping drumming. They sound angrier here and the song is over before you can draw breath.

Abigail seem a lot rawer, but then they lean towards black metal, so will do. It's actually the first time I've heard them and I like their take on black metal. The vocals may take some people a while to get used to, but they fit the menacing music really well. The drums are buried further in the mix here and the guitars compete with the vocals in the volume stakes. There's a cool metallic edge to some of the guitar here too, which is a nice change from the pure hissing you get with a lot of black metal. Their second track Violent Force well and truly lives up to its title. Again, Abigail seem to enlist some elements of thrash metal, but there is also a great sense of just good old rock n roll, which makes for an awesome listen. The solo is rip-roaring from Abigail and is the only one you'll hear on this record, so lap it up!

This is another great record and both bands make it work well. The differences in their music are enough to draw you in and keep you thrashing even when the needle's stopped! Look both these bands up, buy this record and do what the label says and headbang!

As with the previous releases I've reviewed, you can pick this record up directly from Hells Headbangers at http://shop-hellsheadbangers.com/

Also you can find Nunslaughter at their website http://www.nunslaughter.com/ and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/NunSlaughter. I'm yet find anything in the form of a web presence for Abigail, so if you know of one, give me a shout.

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