NEKROFEIST – Without Reserve Or Regret

Self Release 2012

I recently reviewed Nekrofeist’s debut EP which had been kicking around for a couple of years in their native Australia and awarded it 4/5 as it contained some rather good classic thrash. The band got in touch shortly after to ask if I would be interested in reviewing their new album, well it would be rude not to…

Without Reserve Or Regret continues on where the EP finished off with more rifftastic thrash. What has changed in the intervening couple of years is that the band have developed and honed their style to produce a heavier, more intense album. Album opener ‘Cesium-137’ is a perfect example of this development with tight riffs, a ten ton rhythm section and above all plenty of melody and a cracking chorus.

Other tracks of note are ‘Carbon Black’ which kicks off with a Sepultura like drum pattern and contains yet another killer chorus, ‘Grim Demise’ which is a more industrial metal in the Fear Factory vein, and ‘Sweet Junkie Sleep’ which is a slowburning track, heavy, brooding with a gentle chorus.

This is an album which contains excellent songwriting, great musical prowess and enough variety to succeed at a high level given opportunity. The band had promised that this was a big step up from the EP and I wholeheartedly agree. Nekrofeist should be rightly proud of this release and hopefully it will find the success it rightly deserves.

****1/2

David Wilson




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