Nuctemeron Descent

I must confess to having ignored this talented Australian old school death band since 1997. They formed in 1994, have had many, many line up problems, and only ex-Destroyer 666 member Chris Volcano remains from the beginning. I picked up their split album with Mornaland, for the Mornaland half I must confess again, and found Abominator to be rather pedestrian, with all songs very similar. I remember all their subsequent releases but never bothered with them and probably would not have gotten this one either if it was not sent to me.

This band has been described as black death thrash and as Aussie war metal, in my opinion they are more of an 80’s death band, with the black metal influences minimal. The pace is full speed, guitar dominated chaos, and “the most brutal yet.” “Black Flames of Expulsion” and the final song, “The Ultimate Ordinance of Obliteration,” stand out from the rest slightly, though all songs are of similar quality.

 This is a fine release that plants Abominator squarely in the middle of the pack of their contemporaries and well worth possessing if you are a fan of the style. It was a nice change from what I usually listen to, but in all honesty, I have several much better brutal death albums I turn to when I need that fix.

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Written by Grimulfr
December 5th, 2003


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