Warwolf – Helicopter propellers introing this, making for a totally unique listening experience, before making way for the thunderously heavy metallic track. The immediacy of this catchy, ground shaking sound is affecting, memorable and immense. ‘Heavy Metal Killers’ would be a perfect home for this. Steel catharsis, right here.
Evelyn’s Awakening – Horror style intro, thankfully, soon moving into a fast-paced metal rhythm, reminiscent of Altheniko’s ‘Feel the Power’. Just a really classic NWOBHM sound and feel, to melt the hearts of even the hardest metalhead. It’s simply full of hooks and you just can’t fail to love it.
The Atomic Age – Wow, that is one gorgeous, stunning intro. Blending acoustic, with gradually amped up volume and a subtle darkness on the periphery; it all combines to make this a truly appealing track. Growing harder, heavier and edgier, with a steamroller of a chorus; breaking down into all-out headbanging territory. There’s a really strong anthemic metal emphasis, with a pure, ‘Tallica, ‘Creeping Death’ drum roll to finish, which actually succeeded in knocking one of my pictures off the wall, two rooms away! That’s what you call metal!
The Deceiver – Fuck me, that’s one bloody powerful intro. There’s no arguing with this! It’s a drum and riff opening of such mind blowing strength, it gets your full, undivided attention and maintains it throughout. This whole track is just an absolute blaze of searing aggression, on all fronts. The energy is something else. A total riff, drum, bass and vocal fest, from start to finish. If this doesn’t get you moshing, till the last, I don’t know what will.
Bloodseeker – A blast of drums, an epic power scream, a blitzkrieg of riffs and a sheer mountainous effort of will, resulting in a molten landslide of metal. This is one almighty avalanche of steel. You wouldn’t want to be skiing on the same slope as this enormous weight of power. It’d swallow you up, in its depths and consume you, before you hit the bottom. Magnificent.
TV Crimes – The full volume power’s still turned up to the max and it ain’t stopping for anything. Giving it everything for this Sabbath cover, they show just how capable they are of paying homage to the Godfathers of Metal and doing them full justice, with an equal strength to that embodying their original material. It storms the show, aswell as stealing it.
D.O.I. – Blitzing right into the fray, with massively wilful metal abandon, it’s just another steady flow of steel strength and metal rain, that’ll take you right back and put an adult spin on the most fun, frollicking, water fights you had as a kid, during street party celebrations of torrential rain storms. Imagine replaying them as adults, with metal soundtracks blasting out, at full volume, from every house in the street, devil horns in every window and all the neighbours dressed in black. Now picture the metal, as the rain, coming down from the sky, in torrents. That’s how vivid the sense of D.O.I. is.
Lethal Injection – If it were possible, it gets even louder, stronger and more pronounced. An all-out metal assault. One thing this band is bestowed with is an endless, boundless energy and passion for their music, permeating every song on this album. There’s just a sheer powerhouse of effort and will, carved through every single nuance and note. It’s an energy store that’s hard to match, impossible to forget and leaves everything else standing. Their complete and utter driven focus is out of this world and hooks you in the most addictive way.
Lucida Sidera – Here’s yet another uniquely magical sound, combining melody, softness, strength and intensity; this time, in an instrumental; hypnotic and mesmeric, in its otherworldliness and its indefinable beauty. There’s a cleansing feel, cathartic, beyond measure.
Nukem All – Talk about going out on a high! This holds all the keys to doing just that. A real timelessness to this, in the sense of reminding you of all your most beloved classic old school influenced thrash, speed, melodic, power metal bands and all that you love about them. This very sound, feel and emphasis is how and why metal never dies.
Overall – An indescribably massive force of metal magnetism. One listen and everything else is blown out of the water, in an instant. There’s a real rarity to anything so consistently powerful, energised and loud, with such high quality production, that the passion shines through so clearly and profoundly. An aural form of tunnel vision is induced, in which the raw, fun element of the music and its lively performance becomes your sole focus. A difficult, even near impossible, thing to achieve, ordinarily, but Nukem do it, with effortless capability.
For fans of the finest arena rock, anthemic metal, speed, power, thrash and NWOBHM.