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Nachzehrer (USA) Pestilence Hungers in the Shadows
EP, Released date : 2011 - Self-Released
Style: Thrash Black

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RATING : 17/20
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1. The Awakening 04:57
2. Bärsärkar-gång 05:16
3. Howling and the Imminent Stench of Decay 04:28
4. Black Order of the Goat 05:27
5. Incestual Demoncy 04:27
6. Atavist 02:36
Total playing time 27:11

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    heavymetaltribune, Monday 19 March 2012 Talk to your friends  
Nachzehrer does not disappoint on their EP

After one of my first exposures to black/thrash metal in the form of bands like Bestial Mockery, I have to say that it has fast become one of the staples in my musical diet, with the coldness and grimness in black metal fused with the speed and intensity of thrash metal. Pestilence Hungers in the Shadows is American black/thrash metal horde Nachzehrer's debut EP, and having a name like that certainly adds bonus points even before listening to the album, with one of my personal favourite albums in 2010 also named after this Germanic vampire, hence the deep impression.

Fortunately, Nachzehrer does not disappoint on their EP, and what they have presented on Pestilence Hungers in the Shadows is fundamentally inspired by Finnish black metal bands such as Horna, Sargeist and Behexen. The trebly and cold riffs right from the beginning on The Awakening makes this fact immediately apparent, and the tortured shrieks of vocalist Hrasvelg further displays the band's aforementioned influences. Underlying all the chaos above though, there is a certain melody that runs beneath that also display their Norwegian black metal influences. Guitarists Amorok and Draak are also given time to display their guitar prowess with the numerous lead guitar solo spots that are dedicated to them, such as on The Awakening and Black Order of the Goat. Drummer Diablo's work on the album is also stellar, easily changing pace and style accordingly.

While the music on the EP remains mostly consistently similar throughout, the band also provides some slight variations, with tracks like Black Order of the Goat providing some of the slower moments on the EP, and even contains what sounds like a short Amon Amarth inspired riffing section, giving the track a slightly fresher sound compared to the rest, though the band goes back to their thrashing speed again later. While the thrash metal influences remaining pretty subtle throughout, there are also moments when these become slightly more obvious, with tracks like Barsarkar-gang beginning with a thrash metal-inspired section before seeing the band go back to their usual black metal style.

One other thing that I liked on the releases is how bassist Czarnobog constantly remains audible throughout the album, providing an ominous rumbling low end to the melody, unlike the many bands that tend to bury their bassists in the mix, and this certainly helps in making the music more balanced-sounding. The production suitably polished such that each instrument rings out clearly in the mix, yet remaining sufficiently trebly and raw that helps Pestilence Hungers in the Shadows maintain its old school black/thrash metal charm. Also, though tracks might end up sounding repetitive to listeners, the band makes up for it with the high energy that is present throughout, making the album a headbanger.

Forget all the corpse-painted faces and pretentious new "black metal" bands. Nachzehrer needs none of those gimmicks, and everything that they want to relate to the listeners are contained within the music of the band, and here, my friends, is certainly one band that I will be looking out for in the near future.

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