Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Nocturnal Hollow - Deathless and Fleshless (2016)

Venezuela's Nocturnal Hollow are back with their third full-length album, which sounds like a meat tenderizer in the realms of classic death metal. Think bands like Entombed, Grave, Bloodbath and you've got it. The production value remains classic, but everything is still very audible. Deathless and Fleshless is still a very warm record, a disc that you could use as a heater in most regards and it captures the spirit of old death perfectly. There's some Slayer nods in the solo sections, as well as a slew of doom riffs to mix in with the thrash and pummel of the drums, making for a disc that comes in and does what it's meant to do. Thankfully, all of the songs here don't sound the same and that's going to come as a relief. The disc contains it's share of slow kills as well as quick massacres, as a few melodies are showcased here and there amongst the old-school solos. It's a pretty solid death metal disc in the end and I don't think that many people will be upset with it, even though it doesn't really deliver anything that we haven't already heard before from the genre. If you need another good slab of death, grab this record. If you're looking for something more, than you may want to look elsewhere. That being said, Deathless and Fleshless offers what we expect from classic death metal and it does it without even a hint of modernism. Chances are that you have a lot of records that already sound like this one, however. Maybe you could use just one more.

(10 Tracks, 39:00)


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